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Old 01-21-2022, 10:27 PM   #1
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Permanently Deleting Kindle Books rant

Why does Amazon have a setting to permanently delete purchased kindle books. I was trying to delete the library downloaded to a Fire. I thought I clicked delete from device. I guess I was tired and permanently deleted about 15 books which I can’t remember the titles. There should be an undelete option!

I guess I need to start using calibre to save off line. Lesson learned.

Rant over!
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Old 01-21-2022, 11:15 PM   #2
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Yes, I don't like the option either due to accidents. Sorry on the lost books!
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Old 01-22-2022, 05:25 AM   #3
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Don't trust the Cloud. Download local to Windows/Mac/Linux, don't rely on gadget. Then make backups (not on Flash, but plain HDD that's not helium, shingled or other fancy methods to increase storage). There is a longer story about backups to avoid trojans, ransom-ware, fire, flood and theft.

I'd certainly delete samples. I'd also like to be able to turn off "direct delivery" to the Kindle (app or ereader) which seems to happen if you "sync" even if you chose "Download to PC" initially.
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Old 01-22-2022, 07:39 AM   #4
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Why does Amazon have a setting to permanently delete purchased kindle books.
I like this option. Why wade through deadwood when you can get rd of it permanently? And, oy, when I think back on all those freebies I purchased before I came to my senses. Far better that they be gone.

Kobo’s got an option to archive books, so you don’t see them but you still own them and can retrieve them, which provides a soft option. Still, mostly I know my mind.
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Old 01-22-2022, 03:28 PM   #5
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best you can do is.. contact the support over chat or telephone. i'm sure they can reverse the deletion manually.

i really like that feature since you often have books you don't want anymore and can then remove them from your account if you don't need or want them anymore. years ago i bought a lot of crappy books that where only 0,50€ or so and now they where all for years in my account.. and i never really used them anymore. so deleting such stuff is a good option.
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Old 01-22-2022, 04:52 PM   #6
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You'll need the order numbers of the items, but customer service can restore any ebook that they still sell. If they are tied up enough, Amazon will hopefully remove the feature or move it elsewhere so people aren't accidentally deleting their books from the cloud.
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Old 01-23-2022, 07:08 AM   #7
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Kobo’s got an option to archive books, so you don’t see them but you still own them and can retrieve them, which provides a soft option. Still, mostly I know my mind.
I second this. An archive option would be nice. I just got my kindle today and I almost permanently deleted a book.

Although, to be fair on Amazon, there is another pop up that says it will delete the title on all your devices and you have to re-buy the book to get it back.
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Old 01-23-2022, 02:54 PM   #8
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I second this. An archive option would be nice. I just got my kindle today and I almost permanently deleted a book.

Although, to be fair on Amazon, there is another pop up that says it will delete the title on all your devices and you have to re-buy the book to get it back.
I agree, but note you may be unable to re-buy without help since the record of the purchase is not deleted which prevents any re-buy.
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Why does Amazon have a setting to permanently delete purchased kindle books. I was trying to delete the library downloaded to a Fire. I thought I clicked delete from device. I guess I was tired and permanently deleted about 15 books which I can’t remember the titles. There should be an undelete option!

I guess I need to start using calibre to save off line. Lesson learned.

Rant over!
You might find the titles in your order history (digital orders), or in your email archive if support doesn't have them. Support might be able to help you restore the books.
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