I make no secret of my opinion: the free Amazon Kindle reader system is the coolest solution for e-books that exists.
One can send e-books in almost any format to the Kindle cloud, by attaching them to an email message, see my earlier article here https://ip-lawyer-tools.com/amazon-kindle-app-my-favorite-ebook-reader-is-now-even-more-versatile-it-is-free/
But there is one problem.
The Kindle System is too versatile.
My email signature contains a few pictures in .jpg format, see below
And an email with an e-book that is sent to my Kindle account converts not only the e-book into Kindle format but also the .jpg pictures in the email signature.
As a result, I end up wit a lot of rubbish on all my Kindle devices, as the Kindle services updates them all.
Deleting these contents from the Kindle readers is cumbersome because they are so slow.
Delete E-books “sent by email” from my Kindle Cloud
The easiest is to remove these unwanted contents entirely from my Kindle cloud account.
And there is a way to specifically remove those “non-purchased” books from your Kindle account, such as the pdfs on there and books “sent via email”.
These are the steps:
- sign into Amazon on a desktop computer or laptop
- click here https://www.amazon.com/mn/dcw/myx.html#/home/content/pdocs/dateDsc/
- make sure you select “Show: Docs” from the dropdown menu. That will show you all content that you have ever emailed to your Kindle account
- Select and delete whatever you want
That is how I read books
I first see whether I can find a free downloadable version that I can “test drive”, and I send it to my Kindle cloud account.
The next step may be to print the ebook on A4 paper so that I can read it more conveniently and take handwritten notes.
If the book turns out to be a keeper: I buy the hardcover version of that book. Or, second-best, I buy its paperback version if there is no hardcover version available.
I then read the book a second time, transferring all my old notes and adding new notes. I would then also write a book review.
Call to Action
Set up your own Kindle account today, on your smartphone.
And get some free e-books that you like (click here).
Martin “e-reader” Schweiger