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 Kindle Titles that Grabbed Attention

How do you choose your next book to read?

Do you cruise lists of books looking for titles that catch your eye?
Do you ever buy based on title alone?
What about a title might make you buy the book?

As mentioned in many posts, Kindle Store is hard to search by criteria. They do have several lists like the one I used to create this list. The lists are hard to locate in Kindle Store. I searched “Best Kindle Books so far” which yielded this heading:

The Best Kindle Books of 2011… So Far Looking for a great read? Check out our favorite new books in fiction, nonfiction, biography and memoir, business books, mysteries and thrillers, romance, science fiction, and more

Click a category and you’ll get a menu of lists to choose from. I clicked more. If there is a better way to search I couldn’t find it. So on with my list: (Listed in order of likelihood I’d ever buy it base on title alone.)

If you decide to read any of these please share your thoughts.

Top Ten Titles that Grabbed My Attention

from the list: 100 Kindle Books for$3.99 or less- Hand-Selected by our Editors

Self-Published Books in Amazon Kindle 100 Top Sellers

Piotr Kowalczyk  posted graphs for Self-Published ebooks in The Kindle Store Top 100 Sellers List in his ebook friendly blog.
(I found this report /post through a this post on The Passive Voice Blog)

These charts speak for themselves- Self-Publishing eBooks is Working & Growing.

Self-Publishing is good for Readers since traditional publishing has a very narrow vision of what should be published—they sell to booksellers, to shelves  not  readers. Many excellent authors have been turned away by the Big Publisher Gatekeepers but now authors are easily bypassing them to sell their eBooks. This is good for Readers since the The Kindle Store and other eBook sellers will send a free sample of 1-3 chapters which means

Self-Published eBooks let Readers decide which eBooks are good read–as it should be. Readers are the consumers, not Book Shelves.

The average reader may not be aware that Authors who Self-Published on Amazon, and price their books between $9.99 and $2.99, get an unprecedented 70% of the selling price royalty. Books outside that range get 35%. Last spring, when Amanda Hocking showed the world that pricing an eBook for 99¢ can earn an Author more on sheer volume even at the lower percentage, 99¢ eBooks became common. (I don’t know what % royalty the big publishers give Authors for eBooks. One author reported royalties of 20%  and the agents fees still has to come out of that. He told them to keep it and self published. I’ve read reports of Printed Book royalties between 15% to 7%–most on to the lower end.

Here are the graphs from ebook friendly.  Kowalczyk pointed out that last July (2010) not one self-published book was in the top 100, nor were any books priced 99¢.

 Self-published books in Top 100: Summary Jan-Jun 2011

Data collected between June 30th and July 5th, 2011, from Kindle Store’s Bestsellers Archive. Click on months for detailed monthly tables.







No. of self-pub books in Top 100:







No. of self-pub books in Top 50:







No. of self-pub books in Top 10:







Best self-pub book ranked at:







No. of $0.99 self-pub books:







Share of $0.99 self-pub books:







Average price of
a self-pub book:







Most expensive self-pub book:







Full article at:

Current Kindle Bestsellers List:

Did eBooks Kill Borders?

Many blaming fingers have been pointing at eBooks for driving Borders into bankruptcy. I think eBooks are falsely accused. eBook’s did not really take off in popularity until late 2010-early 2011 but Borders has been struggling for years.

I found a credible answer from retail expert Howard Davidowitz of  Davidowitz & Associates in an interviewed by Aaron Task of The Daily Ticker. (Link to interview.)

According to Davidowitz,  “There were many missteps that caused [Borders] to fail, from holding too much debt, opening too many stores as well as jumping into the e-reader business too late. I think the biggest thing Borders did wrong [is when]”

“[Borders] turned over their online business to Amazon. That move finished them off because they gave away the future.”

That move happened in 2001 when it was about all about printed books sales–Nobody was taking eBooks seriously back then. Kindle did not even launch until 2007.

Bad Business Decisions  Killed Borders Not My Kindle or eBooks. 

When asked about the fate of Barnes & Noble, Davidowitz said B&N faces an uphill battle but, “I don’t believe in inevitable things because I have seen a lot of great changes done in the retail business.”  He said to survive B&N and other business have to “be paranoid enough to embrace change” and “listen to the customer.”  He believes physical bookstores are not going away but there will me much less of them.

TOP TEN Kindle Books for First 1/2 of 2011

Amazon’s Kindle Editors listed their for top 10 Favorite Kindle Book Picks for 2011 so far (released the first six months of 2011.)  Half of the books were written by debut Authors. Congratulations.


Please Look After Mom
by Kyung-Sook Shin

In this Korean bestseller, she tells the story of a mother–and her family’s search for her after she goes missing–in four richly imagined voices: her daughter’s, her oldest son’s, her husband’s, and finally her own.


Moonwalking with Einstein by Joshua Foer

The Art and Science of remembering Everything. Captivated by competitors’ secrets, science journalist Joshua Foer participates in the U.S. Memory Championship and tells the tale.


Before I Go to Sleep by S. J. Watson

Every day Christine wakes up not knowing where she is. Her memories disappear every time she falls asleep, and her husband Ben is a stranger to her.


22 Britannia Road by Amanda Hodgkinson

By the end of World War II, Silvana is a ghost of the wife Janusz once had. She and their seven-year-old son travel from Poland to England to reunite their family, separated for six years.


Bossypants by Tina Fey

Tina Fey’s debut chronicles the differences between male and female comedy writers, her cruise-ship honeymoon, and advice about breastfeeding, getting to the heart of why this charismatic comedienne remains universally adored.


The Tragedy of Arthur by Arthur Phillips

This novel includes Shakespeare’s lost King Arthur play in its five-act entirety and explores the tension between storytelling and truth-telling, the thirst for originality in all our lives, and the act of literary myth-making.


Blood, Bones & Butter by Gabrielle Hamilton

Gabrielle Hamilton’s debut book tells her tale of her journey as a chef or “The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef.


In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson

Love, terror, and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin .William E. Dodd becomes America’s first ambassador to Hitler’s Germany in 1933.


The Tiger’s Wife by Téa Obreht

In a post war Balkan country a young missionary doctor arrives on a mission of mercy at an orphanage by the sea where she searches for stories of her grandfather’s life.


Lost in Shangri-La by Mitchell Zuckoff

A true story of survival, adventure, and the most incredible rescue mission of world