How to Delete Books from Kindle on iPhone & iPad (Plus Kindle & the Cloud)

How to Delete Books from Kindle on iPhone & iPad (Plus Kindle & the Cloud)

Kindle, Amazon’s e-reading app, is similar to Apple’s iBooks. You can store ebooks and PDFs from the Cloud on your device, download book samples via the Book Browser, and read to your heart’s content. You can read Kindle books on your Kindle device or download the Kindle app and read all you want. But when it’s time to delete a couple books from your device, how do you remove those kindle books? We’re going to cover how to delete books from the Kindle app on iPad or iPhone, as well as how to delete Kindle books from the Kindle device and Kindle Cloud. Here’s how to delete books from Kindle.

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Table of Contents

How to Remove Books from Kindle on iPad or iPhone

How to Delete Books from the Kindle Cloud

How to Delete Books from Your Kindle Device

How to Remove Books from Your iPhone or iPad

In the Kindle app, you have a Library with all of your books. Book samples you've downloaded can be deleted, but ebooks and PDFs that are stored in the Cloud and available via your Kindle app cannot be deleted within the app. They can, however, be archived, which means the ebook or PDF is removed from your device but remains in the Cloud. To delete a sample or archive a book,

  • Open the Kindle app on your iPad or iPhone.

  • Navigate to your Library. At the bottom, select Device.

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  • If you’re viewing your items in list mode, archive a book or delete a sample by swiping left and selecting either Delete (samples) or Archive (purchased books).

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  • If you’re viewing your items in grid mode, tap and hold to see your options such as Delete Permanently (samples) or Remove from Device (purchased books).

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Books removed (archived) from your device will still be found in the Kindle Cloud. See below to learn how to delete Kindle books from the Cloud. It’s good to be aware, however, that if you delete a book from the Cloud, it’s gone. That means you would have to buy it again if you decided to go back and read that book. However, books deleted from your device, remain in the Cloud in case you ever want to read them again. Archiving your books allow your device to create more space while not losing the items you’ve previously purchased. But if you want to permanently delete a book from Kindle, continue below. 

How to Delete Books from the Kindle Cloud Permanently

You have unlimited storage for Kindle books in the Amazon Cloud. You can store as many wonderful novels in the Cloud and never run out of space for keeping them. However, there are other reasons you might want to permanently delete books from your account. It’s important to reiterate that books removed from the Cloud are gone. You will need to purchase them again should you change your mind. It’s likely for this reason that you can’t delete books from the Kindle Cloud on your iPhone or iPad. In order to permanently delete a book, we’ll have to log-in to our Amazon account in a web browser. To delete books from the Kindle Cloud on your Amazon Account,

  • On your computer, open Amazon.com in a web browser and log in to your account.

  • Click the arrow next to Your Account at the top. This will show a drop down menu.

  • From that menu, select Manage Your Content and Devices.

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  • You’ll see a list of all your books that are in the Cloud and/or on your devices. Find the book(s) you want to delete. Click the box to the left of the title you want to remove.

  • Click Delete (#) near the top.

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  • Confirm, “Yes, delete permanently.”

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This will allow you to easily delete books from your Kindle & Amazon accounts. However, Kindle has a feature that allows you to Send-to-Kindle, which allows you to send PDFs and other documents to your Kindle app for easy reading. If you don’t see the PDFs and documents you want to delete under the Content List,

  • Click the drop down box next to Show at the top of the list under Manage Your Content and Devices. Select Docs from the drop down menu.

  • Now you’ll see just the PDFs and Documents in your Kindle Cloud. Check the box next to all the ones you want to delete and tap Delete.

  • Confirm, “Yes, Delete.”

How to Delete Books from Your Kindle Device

Regardless of what model of Kindle you have, deleting books is very similar. Remember, you’ll need to use the tip above if you want to permanently delete Kindle books. But this method will remove the book from your Kindle device. If you have a different model than the Kindle's below, chances are the basic directions will still apply.

To Delete Books from a Kindle or Kindle Keyboard,

  • This model has the 5-way directional controller. We’ll use that button in the next steps to delete the book.

  • Find the book you want to delete.

  • Select the book’s name from Home screen, then press the Left toggle on the 5-way controller.

  • Choose Remove from Device. Press the center of the 5-way controller.

To Delete Books from a Kindle Touch, Voyage, Fire, & Paperwhite,

  • Find the book you want to delete.
  • Press and hold the book’s cover from Home screen

  • Choose Remove from Device.

Remember that books you remove from your Kindle device are still available in the Kindle Cloud, which means if you want to download them later and read them again, you can without buying the book again. Use the tip above this one in order to permanently delete books from your Kindle Cloud (Amazon) account.

 

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Conner Carey holds a bachelor's in English with an emphasis in Creative Writing and resides in Fairfield, Iowa. When she's not writing, you can find her singing jazz or watching anime. Her personal blog can be found at connerleecarey.com; you can also follow her on twitter @connerleecarey.