There is one issue with my Kindle that I wish Amazon would make more intuitive. That issue is deleting books directly from my Kindle. I understand that there is a lot of room for books on the device itself, but often, people would like to get rid of books that aren’t really serving any purpose anymore.
On my Kindle 2, I just slid the 5 way toggle button to the side and it gave me a menu option to remove a book or game from the e-reader. I just figured out how to do this randomly when I was maneuvering around on it.
Figuring out how to delete books are little more difficult on the Kindle Touch, but once you know the trick, it is quite easy. If you have an iPad or iPhone you have to press down the app for a few seconds, and an x will pop up and allow you to close or delete the app.
Using this same idea based on the iPhone delete commands, I pressed down on a book on my Kindle’s Home screen for a few seconds and sure enough, a dialog box popped up giving me an option to delete the book.
So why is this worth mentioning? Now that you can check out Kindle Books from the library or Kindle Owner’s Lending Library, there are a lot of books coming and going. When you return a book, the title still shows up in the list, and says “recently returned.”
Frankly, they are annoying, and can really clutter up the device’s library. They also hide the books you actually need or want.
A friend asked me once how to do this, so I thought I’d pass it along in case you were wondering the same thing.
And don’t worry, even if you delete a book from your Kindle, it remains stored in your account on Amazon. You can always re download it on any Kindle or Kindle app supported device at any time.