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.

Amazon does NOT charge More to take ads Off new Kindles!

I’ve been reading comments on blogs and Twitter complaining that it costs money to take ads off new Kindles. It may seem like spitting hairs but Amazon has said all along that they were discounting Kindles that have ads.

My Kindle, now called Kindle Keyboard  (Wi-Fi) cost me $139 in March 2011, before the Special Offers version was available.
Later they came out with a discounted Kindle with Special Offers. The ad free Kindle remained $139 and the add free Kindle Keyboard (Wi-Fi) still costs $139.
(Kindle Keyboard with Special offers premiered at $114 but has been further discounted to $99)

When the new line of Kindles came out, Amazon’s Kindle Store stepped up promotion of Kindles with Special Offers by placing them in the dominant position in the “store”. The Kindle without Special Offers now requires the extra click to view.

The blue and orange boxes in snippet from the Kindle Store shows the Kindle Without Ads has remained the same price. Shoppers can click the blue box see the $139 Kindle.

The distinction might seem like splitting hairs but as a shopper I too would resent being charged to take ads off a new Kindle.

In a 7/16/11 post I explained that the Special Offers are on the image/screensaver that appears when the Kindle is off, as well as a short banner on other operational pages. Ads do not appear in the books or reading materiel.  If I were to buy a new Kindle, I’d get the Special Offers and treat myself to $40 worth of ebooks. Click  link to see images of the special offers on my 7/16/11 post.

What if you buy a Kindle with Special Offers but find it annoying?

The good news is you can go to Amazon Kindle Store and click Manage Your Kindle and remove the ads permanently.  The bad news is Amazon will charge you the amount they discounted you for allowing Special Offers.

Only 14% of Authors searched Enable Kindle eBook Lending

What a big disappointment. I searched many of my favorite authors but none of them allowed Kindle ebook lending. I continued searching ebook authors until I had checked 70 Best Selling Fiction Authors, many on the current or recent  NY Times Best Sellers List.

I only found 10 Authors with lending enabled.

Only 3 of the 11 Kindle Million Club Authors allow lending.

I checked 3 ebooks for each author, a 2011 or most recent release, a 2 year-old ebook, and a 3 or more year-old ebook. Only a few authors did not have three novels to check.  In my search I did not find an author who had some ebooks lending enabled and others not enabled. 

Last spring Amazon made this big deal announcement that
Kindle owners could lend their books

How deceiving when so few can be loaned. According to Amazon “publisher determines which titles are eligible for lending.” Maybe they should have drummed up more participating publishers before they made an announcement.

Here’s my challenge:

Check your favorite Authors at the Kindle store. Tell us in comments if any of the publishers would let you lend their ebooks on a Kindle.

Here’s how you find the information: I used Vegas Moon, from Kindle Million Club author John Locke as example.

1. Search your author or book in the Kindle store
2. Click to the book’s information page.
3. Scroll down to the Product Details as pictured below.

If you find a better way than this hunt and peck method to find lending enabled books please share. My searches for a list in Kindle Store yielded nothing.

List of 70 Authors Searched: Lending Enabled in Red

(Again formatting in tables keeps clumping up and will not stay fixed-darn Gremlins)

Kindle Million:












Urban Fantasy:

Karen M Moning

Ilona Andrews

Kim Harrison

Adrian Phoenix

Kelly Gay

Katherine Kerr

Richelle Mead

Jim Butcher


L.A. Banks

Patricia Briggs

Sherrilyn Kenyon


Karen Chance

Laurell K Hamilton

Rachel Caine

Tanya Huff

J R Ward

Vicki Pettersson



Keri Arthur

Christina Dodd

Nina Bangs

Deborah Cooke


NY Best Sellers

J.R. Rain


Debbie Macomber

David Baldacci

John Grisham

Clive Cussler

Fern Michaels

Erin Morgenstern

Jonathan Kellerman

Tatiana de Rosnay

Emma Donoghue

Laura Hillenbrand

Jeaniene Frost

Cherry Adair

Nicholas Sparks

Lisa See

Barbara Freethy

Paula McLain

Michael Prescott

Stephen King

Neal Stephenson

J. A. Jance

CJ Lyons

Chris Culver

David Weber

David Nicholls

Carla Neggers

Faye Kellerman

Richard Castle

Sara Gruen

Robyn Carr

Daniel Yergin

Rod Suskind

Michael Lewis

Stuart Woods

Michael Brandman

New Kindle Options Now Available

Wow I’ve had my Kindle six months and it’s already an older model!

Of 6 Kindles there’s sure to be one perfect for your needs and budget.

Read more about them at the Kindle store. (Click)

I like the $79 Kindle which was made smaller and 30% lighter by eliminating the keyboard. Navigation is on screen with the 5-way controller button.  I prefer to do my book ordering on my PC and send it to my Kindle via Whispernet anyway.  I don’t need color since 99% of my Kindle use is for novels and e-ink is better for reading black type. I don’t like touch screens and I don’t use my Kindle for internet browsing or reading. This basic Kindle would be perfect for me but I’ll stick with my Kindle, now called Keyboard Kindle since it serves me well.

The Kindles without ads/”special offers” cost $30 -$50 more.  The ads are unobtrusive and are not on the book pages.