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Subject: Kindle: How can I remove all books and start over?
Date Posted: 6/28/2011 1:23 PM ET
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Anyone have any idea how I can remove all of the books I have transferred to my Kindle?  I really don't like how I set up my catagories and with over 800 books on there, I don't want to have to go in and remove each one individually.....any suggestions?  I so wish amazon would figure out a way to presort the books by genre, before they load to your kindle - it would be so much faster to do it on the computer or on amazons website than it is on the kindle itself.

Thanks for your help!

PS:  If there is a way to presort, please, fill me in!  :  )

Date Posted: 6/28/2011 9:56 PM ET
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I did this when I upgraded to the new version and had to wipe my old one before I could sell it.  I'm pretty sure this is how I did it. But make sure you have the books backed up on your computer before you do this.  (I did it by following steps 1-3 and then doing a drag/drop into a new folder labeled "Kindle backup")

1. connect your kindle to the computer with the USB

2. open the document file on your kindle

3. click on the first book in the file, then while holding down the shift key, scroll down to the last document you want to delete and click on it. (This should highlight all of the books between the first and last)

4. Click on delete

That should remove them all.

Then you can just add them back a few at a time. You have to eject the kindle to get the books sorted into categories. Unless someone knows an easier way to do that.  I understand how you feel about not having an easier way to do this.

I hope that helps

Date Posted: 6/28/2011 11:10 PM ET
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how do you sort them?

Date Posted: 6/29/2011 11:23 AM ET
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Connect to your computer Right Click on the Kindle Symbol in the My Computer section [Same as Reject to disconnect from computer!]  BUT on the choice list Click on FORMAT!  All  Gone!!

Date Posted: 6/29/2011 12:25 PM ET
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If it's collections that you're displeased with, there's no need to remove the books.

On the home screen when you have a collection highlighted, move the cursor to the left.  You should then have an option to delete the collection, and it leaves all the books in place.  You can then recreate the collections if you desire one of the same name, but it'll now be empty.

That way you won't have to go through the hassle of re-downloading everything.

If you do want to delete all of the books, I'd go with Heather's method.

For step 3, instead of clicking on the first, holding shift and clicking on the last, you can also just click on any of the books then hit Ctrl+a and that should select everything in that folder.  If you have any books that are NOT sold by Amazon on your Kindle, you may want to keep the file called "MyClippings."  That's the file that stores your clippings, highlights, notes, and bookmarks.  Amazon backs those up for the books they sell, but not for any books you buy elsewhere.

A method that doesn't involve a computer would be to reset it to factory defaults.  Menu, Settings, Menu, Reset to factory defaults.  But, beware if you do this - it deletes all information, including any account and wireless settings.  You'd have to re-register the Kindle again, I believe. 

As far as I know, there's no way to create collections on the computer.  And not everyone wants the same collections, so Amazon pre-determining them wouldn't work.  Some want to group by genre, author or series and others by just read/unread. 

Shaun, to use collections, on your home screen click Menu, then Create New Collection.  You can then enter a name and add books to that collection.  Then one of your sorting options is "By Collection" which puts all the collections first on the home screen, followed by any book not in a collection.

Date Posted: 6/29/2011 7:44 PM ET
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I do Author Then by when the books came out!  I have some I just put under Horse/Dogs/Animals LOL  I also have Freebies & Freebie Keepers LOL  Amazon for guides  & Games for U guessed it games LOL  I downloaded 2 free audios Not sure what to call them hummm