How to Clear Archived Items on Kindle

by Melissa King
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The Kindle enables you to read the latest books, magazines and newspapers whether you're at home or traveling for work or vacation. If you've read a book or other item and you don't need it anymore, you can delete it from the Kindle. Deleted items disappear from the Kindle, but they remain in the archives of the Kindle Library on This allows you to put an item back on the Kindle if you want to read it again. If you know you'll never use an item, delete it permanently by erasing it from the Kindle Library archives.

Remove an Item from the Kindle

Step 1

Press the "Home" button to go to the Kindle's Home screen.

Step 2

Press the "5-way controller" to underline the item you want to delete.

Press left on the controller and select "Remove from device." Press up or down on the controller to exit this menu if you decide not to delete the item.

Delete Archived Items

Step 1

Go to the homepage (see Resources) and select "Sign In" at the top of the page.

Step 2

Enter the email address and password for your account. Select "Sign in using our secure server."

Step 3

Point to "Your Account" and select "Manage Your Kindle" to go to the Kindle Library.

Step 4

Find the item you want to delete in the Kindle Library. The default view shows all of your Kindle content. Select the "View" drop-down menu to select a filter, such as books, magazines or newspapers. If you can't find the item, enter its title or keywords in the search bar, and then select "Go."

Select the "Actions" button next to the item you want to remove and select "Delete from library" to permanently erase it.


  • Deleting content from the archive permanently removes it. You will need to purchase the item again if you want to read it again.


  • If you have multiple copies of an item on your Kindle, you will need to delete each individually.


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About the Author

Melissa King began writing in 2001. She spent three years writing for her local newspaper, "The Colt," writing editorials, news stories, product reviews and entertainment pieces. She is also the owner and operator of Howbert Freelance Writing. King holds an Associate of Arts in communications from Tarrant County College.

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