How to Delete an Icky eBook-Permanently

Recently, I purchased an eBook that regretfully turned out to be what I would define as porn. Tastes vary but most of us have our own boundary between, love scenes and porn. We can easily tell when the line is crossed—your brain protests with an adamant internal exclamation of…

“Ick!”  AKA the Ick Factor.

So I have this “Icky” book I don’t want to read or even have on my Kindle. For the sake of discussion lets call this book  Over Xed.”

I deleted Over Xed.

To delete a book  from Kindle, underlined the title. Right click the five way controller, on the page that comes up, scroll to bottom and click Remove from Device.

Some time later, my Kindle froze up and I had to reload all my books from my Kindle archive at Amazon.

Over Xed reloaded as well.

I didn’t have the time to investigate so I simply deleted it again. Weeks later Kindle froze up again*

I got Over Xed back again.  Now I’m mad.

I don’t want Over Xed on my Kindle—it’s icky. Now I have to search for how.

So How Do You Permanently Delete an eBook from your Kindle Archive?

Use your PC to do this.  Go to Amazon Kindle Store. Click Manage Your Kindle at the upper right hand side of screen. This will bring up Your Kindle Library. Scroll down until you find the offending ebook. At the right of this e book hover over Actions. On the drop down menu click delete from library. It will ask you to confirm this action. Click Yes.  The book will stay off your Kindle and spare you further embarrassment. 🙂

Yay! Over Xed is finally gone for good. Shouldn’t there be some kind of sex rating system on Amazon for ebooks? Currently it seems to be up to the publisher. But that’s another post for another day.

*A frozen Kindle can result from an intermittent Wi-Fi connection and/or a lower battery charge while downloading—especially free book samples for some reason.

Top Ten Comments to: Naked Man on Kindle!

Amazon has a Kindle forum where people can discuss their Kindle with other owners. I occasionally peruse the forum for blog posts ideas and this thread’s heading piqued my curiosity.

My Kindle is so Embarrassing

The actual question was not what I expected and I found it delightfully amusing. Hopefully it will bring laughter to your day too. To read this forum post, comments, and find serious solutions to this (snicker) dilemma  (Link here.)

J.C. wrote:  “I have my Bible on my kindle because it is so much easier to read than a big thick book with small print. I was in church reading it and when I turned it off up pops a naked man wrapped in a snake. Is there some way to get this picture off of my kindle?”

Note: Kindle has several “screensaver” pictures that appear in a random order when unit is turned off.  The “naked man image” is Atlas Coelestis, John Flamsteed’s 1728  illustration of the constellation Ophiuchus.

My Top Ten Comments to J.C.’s Question

MLH says:

Also that is classic art. Not just a “naked man wrapped in a snake”.

DR says:

[JC] not to be judgmental or anything, but I think that the fact that the classical illustration of Ophiuchus embarrasses you is a bit, um, embarrassing. ;o
(Or, perhaps, as someone suggested, you are pulling our leg; it that case, well done! :o)

PB says:

Dang, can’t take a Kindle anywhere without it misbehaving 😉

AGC says:

Shouldn’t your fellow church-goers be looking at their own Bibles, and not at your Kindle?

C. says:

Dang it, I was sipping my coffee when I read that; now I need to change my shirt.

JA says:

I don’t think I have ever seen this one on my kindle. Where is my naked man? Where is my snake? Amazon is cheating me.

EO says:

Seems like an appropriate image for church, anyway. It’s been quite a few years since I read the bible, but I seem to remember one chapter did star a naked guy and a snake…


That image ONLY appears in the presence of Satan.
I would look under the pew. JN says:

Ah, science. Embarrassing Christians for 2000 years. P says:

Naked man has a cloth across his privates. But dang that snake looks big.

To which QL replied:

That’s not the snake 😉

Readers, share your thoughts.

To JC out there in the Kindle forumsphere,
Please forgive my joking at your expense for this post. I hope you found the help you needed out of the handful of serious answers hidden in six pages of teasing.

Happy 6 Months of Blogging

As of today I been blogging for 6 months. My blog and I got our birthday gift when total blog visits reached 2000 on the eve of our six month blog birthday. Many thanks to those who answered my plea and helped with the last 37 visits needed (I got over 50 visits in answer).

Many thanks to all the people out in the bloggosphere who have visited the blog.
2000 thanks to those who’ve commented.
A million thanks to Bobbie who is my top commenter.

I’ve posted 78 blogsan average of 13 a month.

The 3 Most visited Posts:
Visits to the current post gets counted as visits to the home pages.
This statistic primarily counts visits generated from search engines.

1. Letters Wear of Kindle Keyboard 09/08/11
2. Thawing Kindle Freeze 08/05/11
3. Top Ten Science Fiction 08/02/11 (thanks KMW)

My Favorite Blog Post: Top Ten Q & A from Interview with Mark Twain 07/26/11

My Favorite Weekly Feature: Saturday Just Saying
Weekly Feature that gets Most Comments:

Thank you and please visit often!

I’m eagerly waiting 2000 more visits!

Karen LeRosier

Flying with Kindle

As you pack for your next trip you might wonder what restrictions or issues apply to Kindles and other e-readers in airports and in-flight.

Going through Security:

Amazon support recommends turning the Kindle off before going through security. Sony Support states that X-ray machines have no effect on electronic products and related media. However magnetic imaging equipment may cause harm to electronic components. Ericson Tribune Traveling with Electronics also recommends keeping such devices away from hand-held magnetic wands used by Airport Security.

One Amazon forum commenter said theft is the greatest problem facing Kindles in the Airport. Another cautioned that the Kindle’s screen could get scratched or cracked in security bins and in carry-on bags if care is not taken.  

During Take Off:

You will be asked to turn the Kindle off during take off even though the eReader, with the Wi-Fi turned off, does not transmit any “signals.”

 The Federal Aviation Administration Fact Sheet – Cell Phones, Wi-Fi and Portable Electronics on Airplanes states, “You know the drill. Turn off all pagers, electronic games, MP3 and CD players, laptops and the like once the cabin door is closed, until the plane gets above 10,000 feet. No using cell phones at any time while the plane is in the air,” and further explains, “There are still unknowns about the radio signals that portable electronic devices (PEDs) and cell phones give off. These signals, especially in large quantities and emitted over a long time, may unintentionally affect aircraft communications, navigation, flight control and electronic equipment.”

Why can’t I use my cellphone/Kindle/iPad in flight? in Ask the Captain from USA Today, offers this explanation, “With the proliferation of electronics today, it is impossible to determine what might pose a risk to the airplane…It is necessary for a conservative procedure to ensure that nothing in the cabin would interfere with systems or navigation equipment. I agree it is inconvenient, but I can see the FAA‘s position.”

Unfortunately the FAA  fact sheet on this topic has not been updated since 2009. Perhaps in the future someone with authority will add a Kindle exemption to the vague fact sheet but for now plan on reading the on-board printed magazine during take off.

In the Air:

You can relax and pass the flight time reading on your Kindle. Again use care when stowing the eReader and don’t leave it in the seat back pouch.

Letters Wear off Kindle Keyboard

I got hooked on a Kindle word game but noticed the letters were wearing off my Kindle keyboard.  I stopped playing but  too late to save the letter S & E.

Kindle Keyboard Letters are bit Pale & Hard to Read–That’s Okay.
Letters Worn and Missing–Not Okay. 

I researched this problem on Amazon’s Kindle forums and found several threads related to this issue.  Those who contacted Amazon Service reported that they were told this issue was rarely reported* and they were usually given one of two solutions to fix the issue.

  1. Some people claimed Amazon sent a new Kindle. (Of those who got replacements some said the letters did not wear off the new Kindle but some said the letters did wear off the new one.) Important to Note: If your Kindle is over 2 months old, any replacement will be a refurbished Kindle. That may, or may not be, an issue for Kindle owners, but personally I do have issue with this.
  2. The second reported solution Amazon offered was to send (or give credit for) a Nokey DeCal Skin. Many “worn key Kindle” owners who did not contact service also recommended the Nokey skin. The skins are actually decals/stickers with the letters printed on the skin. They won’t leave residue on the kindle and can be easily removed. The Nokey DeCal Skins are sold in the Kindle Store and come in a variety of colors and patterns. Some are so busy they might make letter visibility even worse, others enhance the letters. Even without worn letters, a Nokey will protect the Kindle screen from scratches.

To fix letters be sure the skin is a Nokey. Example 3 below is not a Nokey and has holes for the keys so won’t fix the letters; it will protect the screen and is decorative.  (The letters on Example #1 were sharp at full size.)

Example #1 Nokey-98  & #2 Nokey-3 are $11.99 from Nokey Invisible Defenders and average 5 stars in reviews.
Example #3  Above the clouds,  from DecalGirl is $19.00.
All three skins (and many more) are available at the Kindle Store.

Note: These skins protect from scratches but not falls and should be used in conjunction with a hard case/cover.

Even with this issue, I still recommend a Kindle Reader, only a small % have worn letter problems.
Amazon offers Kindle replacements for even minor problems that are not technically protected by the warranty!

*I spoke to an Amazon service person about another issue and they explained with millions of Kindles sold a problem might not be statistically significant even though there are several threads about it on discussion boards.  They still take all issues seriously and offered me a refurbished Kindle. They keep a record of all reported problems; if a problem becomes statistically significant they will address it further and have more information available to service call staff.  (I called about a sluggish power switch-a future blog.)