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Permanently Deleting a Kindle Title

There may be times when you want to delete items from your Kindle permanently – never to be seen again.  I’m not talking about just from your Kindle, but permanently from your Amazon records so that you can’t ever download it again.  Forever.

Many of you may be wondering, “why would I want to do that?”

You can probably think of other reasons, but I can think of two reasons off the top of my head:

  • Your children, significant other, or someone else can also access your account with their Kindle or Kindle for PC / iPhone application, and you do not want them to know what you have been reading – maybe it’s a lusty romance, “How to Spy on Your Lover,” or any other book you may not want them to read.  For example, if you’re a parent you want to be able to monitor what your children are reading.
  • You downloaded a book you thought was one thing, realized later it was something else, and you never want to see it again.  For example, that would be a situation I would find myself in if I downloaded one of the Harlequin romances – they are just not my thing.  I am also of the opinion Amazon utilizes what is in your list of books to market to you.  I have some experience with this one, as I received some really strange recommendations for a particular genre after I bought a Kindle book that I thought was one thing but turned out to be another (enough said on that one).  Once I permanently deleted the title I thought was causing this particular point of targeted marketing, those recommendations disappeared for good.

To make a long story short, if you would like to permanently delete a title from your Kindle’s account, here are the steps you need to perform:

  • First, remove the title from your Kindle.
  • Second, go to the “Manage Your Kindle” section of the Amazon web page at http://www.amazon.com/myk
  • In this section, locate the item in the search bar just below the “Your Kindle Library” header.  If you have lots of books, for example, in your library it will take some time for all of them to load.
  • Once you have located the title, click the “Actions” icon located to the right of the title..
  • Choose the “Delete from library” option.
  • A confirmation pop-up will appear next, asking if you are sure you want to delete this title.  Assuming you really want to delete it, select the “Yes” option.

A word of caution – if you delete the title, and want to read it again, you will have to buy it again!

Hope that helps-

Michael

Want to have this blog sent wirelessly to your Kindle vs. reading it on your computer? Try out the free two-week subscription!  Click here for the Amazon page for Free Kindle Books Plus a Few Other Tips or type in http://www.tinyurl.com/fkblog into your computer’s web browser.

Click here for my “Kindle Tips, Tricks, and Shortcuts” book or type in http://amzn.to/seDbUq into your computer’s web browser and learn a new thing or two about your Kindle!

 

 

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Read This Blog on Your Kindle Fire

I’ve been asked this question a few times this week – how do you read the blog using your Kindle Fire?  Here is how you can read it for free:

The Pulse app is pre-installed on your Kindle Fire, and the Pulse app basically is a collection of various blog posts and news feeds: as long as your Kindle Fire is connected to an active Wi-Fi connection, the blog posts and news feeds will be updated throughout the day. While you need an active Wi-Fi connection to update the news feeds, because the blog posts and news articles are stored on your Kindle Fire you can read them while you are offline or not connected to the Internet.
To add my two main blogs or any other blog to the Pulse app, just follow these steps in order:

  • From the Kindle Fire home page, tap the Apps tab.
  • Locate the Pulse icon and tap it one time.
  • A list of existing feeds will now appear. To add a blog or newsfeed, scroll down to the bottom of the page and tap the blue “plus” or + icon.
  • Tap the search icon located at the top of your touch screen (it looks like a magnifying glass).
  • You will see an input line titled “Source name / keyword / url” at the top of your touch screen. Tap that line one time to display the virtual keyboard at the bottom of your touch screen.
  • To add the Free Kindle Books Plus a Few Other Tips blog, just type in “fkbt.wordpress.com” (without the quotations), then tap the “Search” icon located at the bottom right-hand side of your touch screen.
  • To add the Kindle Books for a Buck (or Less) blog, just type in “ebooksforabuck.wordpress.com” (without the quotations), then tap the “Search” icon located at the bottom right-hand side of your touch screen.
  • After you tapped the “Search” icon for either of the options above, the name of the blog should now be displayed on your touch screen. Tap the blue “plus” or “+” icon located to the right of the blog’s name to add it to your Pulse feed.

I hope that helps!

Michael

Want to have this blog sent wirelessly to your Kindle vs. reading it on your computer? Try out the free two-week subscription!  Click here for the Amazon page for Free Kindle Books Plus a Few Other Tipsor type in http://www.tinyurl.com/fkblog into your computer’s web browser.

Check out my new Kindle guide, Kindle Fire How-To Guide: Your Guide to Tips, Tricks, Free Books, and Startup.  You can check it out if you click here or type in http://amzn.to/firebook into your computer’s web browser.

 

 

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Your Kindle Helps With Games

Kindle owners do lots of things with their Kindles – some this you may already know how to do, but there may be a lot of you who never thought to do it.  There is a discussion thread going on over at the Amazon site where members are posting some of the random things they do with their Kindles in addition to “just” reading books.  I will be profiling some of these over the next few weeks – after all, part of the title line of this blog is supposed to be about Kindle tips vs. just a feature on free books!

The below is one of the tips from the discussion board:

I downloaded rules to all the card/dice games we like to play. That way, if we’re traveling (and I ALWAYS have my Kindle along), we can look up the rules to a game that we may not have played in a while. I just downloaded my Word file, as a text file onto my Kindle. Now, we always have our game rules with us!

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Click here for my “Kindle Tips, Tricks, and Shortcuts” book or type in http://amzn.to/seDbUq into your computer’s web browser and learn a new thing or two about your Kindle!

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Your Kindle Helps in the Classroom

Kindle owners do lots of things with their Kindles – some this you may already know how to do, but there may be a lot of you who never thought to do it.  There is a discussion thread going on over at the Amazon site where members are posting some of the random things they do with their Kindles in addition to “just” reading books.  I will be profiling some of these over the next few weeks – after all, part of the title line of this blog is supposed to be about Kindle tips vs. just a feature on free books!

The below is one of the tips from the discussion board:

I am a college instructor and rely on lecture notes to keep me on track in classes. I have been typing up my lecture notes, then converting them and putting them on the Kindle to use in class. Saves on trees and my students are intrigued!

Want to have this blog sent wirelessly to your Kindle vs. reading it on your computer? Try out the free two-week subscription!  Click here for the Amazon page for Free Kindle Books Plus a Few Other Tipsor type in http://www.tinyurl.com/fkblog into your computer’s web browser.

Click here for my “Kindle Tips, Tricks, and Shortcuts” book or type in http://amzn.to/seDbUq into your computer’s web browser and learn a new thing or two about your Kindle!

 

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Links to 20,000+ Free Kindle Books from Amazon Separated by Category / Genre

I’ve had a little over 100 requests this week for me to send people the link / tell them about the post I had not too long ago that has a link to each of the various categories of free Kindle books on the Amazon website, so I thought I would post it again.  Before I do, here are a few stats:

  • As I type this post this morning, there are exactly 4,135 free books that are “new” books and not considered classics or in the public domain.
  • Of those 4,135 books, 2,852 are fiction and 1,226 are non-fiction.
  • There are 15,831 classic books available for free – the most popular title is The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes, followed closely by Pride and Prejudice.

Here are the links again, and you may consider bookmarking some of these (I have) as the titles available change each hour.  Please make sure you verify the price is still free before you click the “buy” button!

All Non-Public Domain Free books: http://amzn.to/bookload

Fiction: http://amzn.to/kindlefiction

Non-fiction: http://amzn.to/kindlenonfiction

Advice & How-To: http://amzn.to/kindleadvice or http://amzn.to/kindlehowto

Arts & Entertainment: http://amzn.to/kindlearts or http://amzn.to/kindleentertainment

Biographies & Memoirs: http://amzn.to/kindlebios or http://amzn.to/kindlememoirs

Business & Investing: http://amzn.to/kindlebusiness or http://amzn.to/kindleinvest

Children: http://amzn.to/kindlekids or http://amzn.to/kindlechildren

Classic / Public Domain Books: http://amzn.to/kindleclassic or http://amzn.to/kindleclassicbooks

Comics & Graphic Novels: http://amzn.to/kindlecomics or http://amzn.to/kindlegraphic

Computers & Internet: http://amzn.to/kindlecpu or http://amzn.to/kindlecomputer or http://amzn.to/kindleinternet

Cooking, Food, & Wine: http://amzn.to/kindlecooking or http://amzn.to/kindlecook or http://amzn.to/kindlefood or http://amzn.to/kindlewine or http://amzn.to/kindlevino

Fantasy: http://amzn.to/kindlefantasy

History: http://amzn.to/kindlehistory

Humor: http://amzn.to/kindlehumor or http://amzn.to/kindlejokes

Lifestyle & Home: http://amzn.to/kindlelifestyle or http://amzn.to/kindlehome

Literary Fiction: http://amzn.to/kinleliteraryfiction or http://amzn.to/kindlelitfiction

Mystery & Thrillers: http://amzn.to/kindlemystery or http://amzn.to/kindlethriller

Parenting & Families: http://amzn.to/kindleparenting or http://amzn.to/kindleparents or http://amzn.to/kindlefamilies

Politics & Current Events: http://amzn.to/kindlepolitics or http://amzn.to/kindlecurrentevents

Reference: http://amzn.to/kindlereference or http://amzn.to/kindleref

Religion & Spirituality: http://amzn.to/kindlereligion or http://amzn.to/kindespirituality

Romance: http://amzn.to/kindleromance

Science: http://amzn.to/kindlescience

Science Fiction: http://amzn.to/kindlescifi or http://amzn.to/kindlesciencefiction

Sports: http://amzn.to/kindlesports

Travel: http://amzn.to/kindletravel

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How Are You Protecting Your Kindle?

How are you protecting your Kindle?

I’m not talking about what I call the obvious – for example, not leaving it out on a table unattended or on your car seat where a person with sticky fingers can grab it and all of a sudden you have a Kindle that has legs. I am assuming you would guard it like you do your purse or wallet, a laptop or camera, or anything else you have several hundred dollars invested in.

What if you left your Kindle in a cab, plane, or just plain can’t remember where you left it? I like to assume there are more good people than bad in the world out there and someone would attempt to return it to you – would that someone know how to return it to you? I read an article about a year or so ago posted online about how a reporter from CNET found one in a cab, and was only able to determine the owner’s name was John – that’s all.

You would hope someone would know how to check the settings and get your personal information, or maybe you have done something like put a label on the back with the way(s) to contact you. However, if a non-Kindle owner were to find it, they may not know how to check the settings, etc.

There have been many discussions about why not calling Amazon, and let them help you since it’s an electronic device, the next time it is turned on or synched with the server they can do something like either (a) send a message to whoever is holding the Kindle, or (b) use the cell tower’s GPS to give an idea where it is. Unfortunately, Amazon will not do any of that for you – in fact, if it is stolen, deregistered by the thief and then re-registered by the thief, Amazon will not do anything to stop that behavior unless you call it in to Amazon’s Customer Service department: at that time, they can “brick” it, which will essentially lock it out forever, making your Kindle a glorified door stop for someone.

To me, that seems really wrong, but it is another topic for another day.

Is your contact information in the Kindle?

For example, you can put your name, number, and other information in your Kindle. Here is how you put that information in your Kindle (note this is not an option for the Kindle Fire at this time):

  • From the menu item, click on “Settings.”
  • If you look three items down (technically four, but one of those you can’t click to change) you should see a section called “Personal Info.” Click on the option to “edit personal info.”
  • This is the section where you should utilize the keyboard and type in your name and contact information. For me, I put my name, address, home number, and cell number.

The above assumes the person finding your Kindle will know where to navigate to find this information or, alternatively, is proficient enough to figure out the menu options to find out this information.

Here’s a way to identify your Kindle to make it easier to be returned to you – for all Kindles including the Kindle Fire – change the name of your Kindle. For example, if I named mine “Michael’s Kindle” that will show up in the top left-hand corner of my Kindle and Kindle Fire when I turn it on and am at the Home screen. However, I’ve changed that to “Michael xxx-xxx-xxxx” where the X’s are my telephone number; if you do change it and have a cell phone and are worried about personal security, you may want to change it to your cell vs. your home telephone number. Seems like a simple solution to return what is yours!

Here is how you do it with every version of Kindle except the Kindle Fire (Kindle Fire instructions follow immediately below this):

  1. Push the “Menu” button.
  2. Select “Settings.”
  3. Under the “Device Name” option select “edit name.”
  4. At the bottom of the screen, you will see what your Kindle is named (for example, Michael’s Kindle). Just use the keyboard to type in whatever you want, and click submit.

Here is how you do it for a Kindle Fire (you can also do this for any other version of Kindle):

  1. Using your web browser, go to the “Manage Your Kindle” page of the Amazon website at http://amazon.com/myk – you may need to log in with your Amazon email address and password to proceed past this screen.
  2. On the left-hand side of the screen under the “Your Kindle Account” menu item, select the “Manage Your Devices” option.
  3. A new screen will appear, listing all of the registered Kindles on your account.  Right above the graphic image of each Kindle is the current name of each Kindle.  Select the “Edit” link next to the Kindle name.
  4. Type in whatever name you want for your Kindle, then click the “Update” icon.

You’re done! If, for example, you changed your Kindle’s name to “Michael 713-555-1212” that will now show up in the top left-hand corner of your Kindle on the next time it synchronizes with the Amazon server.

You could also put a label with the same information on the back of your Kindle (I did for each one), as well as on the inside flap of the Kindle cover (if you have a cover) and a person could theoretically figure out who the owner was without knowing how to turn the thing on. I guess you could also get one of those engravers and engrave your information on the Kindle – but I wouldn’t recommend that as who knows what all of the vibration, etc., that occurs while etching the information onto the Kindle will do to the Kindle’s computer insides: the last thing you want to do is “kill” your Kindle while trying to protect it!

Hope that helps!

Michael

Want to have this blog sent wirelessly to your Kindle vs. reading it on your computer? Try out the free two-week subscription!  Click here for the Amazon page for Free Kindle Books Plus a Few Other Tipsor type in http://www.tinyurl.com/fkblog into your computer’s web browser.

Click here for my “Kindle Tips, Tricks, and Shortcuts” book or type in http://amzn.to/seDbUq into your computer’s web browser and learn a new thing or two about your Kindle!

 

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Answering Your Kindle Questions

I thought it would be a good time to answer a few of the emailed questions I have received in a group format: these are usually the ones I have received several times, which leads me to believe there must be a lot more of you out there with the same question!

If you would like to write to me, my email address is kindle at gagler dot com (I write it out that way in a small attempt to thwart the spam email harvesters).

First of all, I told you in a previous post I was a bit under the weather, and many of you sent well-wishes – thanks!  The crud I have has become better, but it just won’t go away.  There is a bad cold hitting the Houston area and lots of people are missing work and other activities, with three people in my small group at work out with it right now.  Here’s hoping this thing doesn’t travel to your part of the world!

 


Rating Kindle Books

Doug and a few others had a question about rating books after they have been read, and here is Doug’s email to me:

Michael, I found your free kindle book blog after my kids got me a Kindle for Father’s Day and since then I now get the buck or less blog. The first thing I do when I turn on my Kindle in the morning is read both. I really like the tips and book offers.  I do have one question, on finishing a book you get the opportunity to rate book or share that you have finished book. Since I can’t share my opinion as I don’t twitter or facebook or whatever you need to social network does my book rating get added to the total?  Thanks again for your interesting blogs.    Doug

If you didn’t know, what Doug is referring to is on most Kindles, after you finish a book the very last page is actually a pop-up from Amazon, allowing you to rate the book you have just completed.  The heading starts off with “You’ve finished.  Before you go…” with several options you can pick and choose.

The first option is to Tweet via Twitter or post via Facebook you have completed the book: if you are a member of one of those social networks, you can share the news accordingly if you so desire (the accountant in me wonders how much Twitter and Facebook are paying Amazon for that functionality, or is Amazon paying them to link back to the Amazon store?).

If you scrolled down one menu option below the “Tweet” option, you can select “Rate this book,”  which will open a new pop-up window to grade it on a 1 to 5 star rating.  If you chose this option and rated the book on the star rating system, and you save / share or just save this rating, it will then be uploaded to the Amazon website.

As most of you know, I try to rate everything I have read on the Amazon website as I believe we are all one little (but large) community, and I appreciate your reviews – and hope you like mine – as I might be interested in what you like to read and vice versa.  On the other hand, we may have totally different tastes in literature.  However, I try to provide a few brief comments of what I liked and disliked vs. relying solely on the “star” rating system without providing a spoiler and I appreciate reviews that do the same as most of the time it gives me a good gauge of the book. You can see the reviews I have written at any time by pointing your web browser to http://amzn.to/mpgreviews

 


Returning Kindle Books

Michael S. sent me an email Friday, telling me there is an easier way to return Kindle books.  I really haven’t used that feature in a while, so I guess it is time for me to get more up to speed and thanks to Michael S. for sharing this with not only me, but you.  Here’s what he had to say:

Love your blog.

Under your description of free kindle books, you talk about how to return them.  There is now a very easy way, not needing either immediate action, nor do you have to go through customer support.

Books you purchase from the Kindle Store are eligible for return and refund if we receive your request within seven days of the date of purchase. Once a refund is issued, you will no longer have access to the book. To request a refund and return, visit Manage Your Kindle, click the actions tab for the title you’d like to return, and select “Return for refund.”

Thanks for passing this one on, Michael!  If you have a tip you would like to share with the group, maybe a shortcut you use that helps you out and / or saves time, how about sharing it?  Just email it to me (kindle at gagler dot com) and you may see it appear on the blog!


Monthly Kindle Fire Giveaway

Many of you may remember author C.J. West, who gave away a copy of his book, The End of Marking Time, to the blog’s readers in 2011 (it’s $2.99 now, but I liked it and it as an average user rating of 4.5 stars based on 130 customer reviews – click here or type in http://amzn.to/f2xFZA into your computer’s web browser to see it.)

C.J. is giving away a free Kindle Fire each month of 2012.  To enter the contest, just click here or type in http://22wb.com/firemeup.htm into your computer’s web browser.
What Am I Reading Now?

I’m frequently asked what I am reading on my Kindle.  Technically, I am not reading anything right now: I just finished a book this afternoon called The Jakarta Pandemic by Steven Konkoly (click here or type in http://amzn.to/uWeNjy into your computer’s web browser to see it).  I told you about this one on December 27th when it was free, and I grabbed it as it sounded interesting.  Now that I’ve completed it, I thought it was great!  Unfortunately, it’s not free now but priced at $3.99 – it’s well worth it, so if you missed it when it was free I highly recommend it!
Other blogs I Read

Many of you want to know if I read other blogs about the Kindle.  The short answer is “yes,” I pop over and read a couple of Kindle-related blogs from time-to-time, including:

I Love My Kindle by Bufo Calvin.  Bufo is a mainstay on the Amazon Kindle discussion boards, and is quick to offer a helping hand with Kindle-related questions on the discussion boards.  He usually has one to two posts per day with various things about the Kindle as well as his life, and the book business in general.  He also has a nice writing style.  I’ve never met Bufo, but we’ve corresponded a couple of times over the past few years, and seems like a guy I’d like to have a beer or a cup of coffee with one day.  You can read his blog at http://ilmk.wordpress.com/

Kindle Boards – this really isn’t a blog, but more of a discussion board of a lot of things Kindle, reviews of books, and an area for independent authors to discuss various trends.   You can lurk around and read it for free, but if you want to participate in a discussion and post you need to register (registration is free).  You can check it out at http://www.kindleboards.com/

Beyond Black Friday / Me and My Kindle by Jon Cog.  You never know what Jon is going to post about from day-to-day: one day there are a few free book offers, the next it’s an interview with someone, or a general post about the eBook or publishing industry.  You can check it out at http://www.beyond-black-friday.com/ and you can read the interview he had with me at http://www.beyond-black-friday.com/2011/12/27/my-interview-with-a-best-selling-author/

If you’ve made it this far in the post, congratulations!  That’s all I have for now, and I hope you have a great week next week!

Michael

Want to have this blog sent wirelessly to your Kindle vs. reading it on your computer? Try out the free two-week subscription!  Click here for the Amazon page for Free Kindle Books Plus a Few Other Tipsor type in http://www.tinyurl.com/fkblog into your computer’s web browser.

Check out my new Kindle guide, Kindle Fire How-To Guide: Your Guide to Tips, Tricks, Free Books, and Startup.  You can check it out if you click here or type in http://amzn.to/firebook into your computer’s web browser.

 

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