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.

What are You Reading Today?

I’m between books which rarely happens to me. Lately I’ve been too busy and stressed out to focus. Life gets in the way sometimes. Worse yet I haven’t been writing, working on my novels for a long time. This is way beyond writers block. The blog takes much of my writing time and lately I seem to be running dry on top ten list idea.

To nudge me beyond this slump I’m going to simplify my life a bit. Tuesday’s Top Ten List and Monday’s What are You Reading Today? will change from weekly to biweekly features on alternate weeks. Both will be posted on Tuesdays.

I’ve been Reading? Nothing.

When I pick up my Kindle to read, I gravitate to Mahjong Butterfly. It’s not that the game is that much fun but it is just right for my attention span lately. The game is $2.99 in the Kindle Store and is a good for killing time.

A Kid in the Dentist Waiting Room was Reading:

Dog Days,  Book 4 of Diary of a Wimpy Kid  by Jeff Kinney.

A Man in the Dentist Waiting Room was Reading:

Job Interviews For Dummies by Joyce Lain Kennedy
(I gotta wonder if a “Dummies” book is the best source for job interview tips? Worse it’s a 2008 book—a totally different economy out there today.)

How Does eInk Work?

The  eInk (a.k.a. Electronic Ink ) in the Kindle eInk pearl creates electronic pages that look a lot like printed paper with dense black type on a pearly white background. The letters don’t look pixelated even under magnification.  How does eInk work? I researched and simplified the explanation into something easily understood.

Remember the classic toy the Etch A Sketch? To my mind, the Kindle with eInk is the Etch A Sketch of the 21st century. When you turn the Etch A Sketch knob a stylus scrapes aluminum powder off the screen which results in a gray line.  Turn it upside down and shake, the aluminum powder recoats the screen to erase the lines. eInk works with a similar concept, executed in a far more sophisticated electronic manner. Instead of aluminum powder, eInk used microcapsules,  instead of the stylus, electronic circuitry and electric fields are used.

To understand eInk, visualize a pool table with a racked set of clear, fluid-filled pool balls. The balls are racked on a circuit board instead of felt and covered with a sheet of glass. Each ball has black and white BBs inside. The black BBs have a negative charge and the white BBs a positive charge.  The circuitry selects and creates an electric field beneath each pool ball. The fields that are given a negative charge repel and push the black BBs to the top of the ball where they can be seen against the glass; the positive charged fields push up the white BBs. The illustration shows an oversimplified letter “A” created in this way. Areas filled with white BBs create the background or “paper.”  Areas filled with black BBs create the type. In an eReader, instead of pool balls, millions of microcapsules make up eInk. Each microcapsule, about the diameter of a human hair, is filled with clear fluid and white and black particles. The eReader display consists of the microcapsules and fluid sandwiched in one layer between a sheet of electronic circuitry and a clear plate of glass/plastic. The millions of microcapsules are individually controlled by corresponding circuits which create and select the charge of millions of individual electronic fields.  A click of the Kindle’s “Turn Page” button activates the pattern that results in a page of words on the screen.  Once the text appears on the screen no further power is needed until you turn the page again. That’s why those illustrations stay on the Kindle when the power is off. (And why the battery lasts so long.)

Of course, my explanation is highly oversimplified. More information about this technology can be found at