Unpurchased Books In Kindle Mac (and maybe PC)

This is just a little nugget that may prove useful to other users of Kindle for Mac (and maybe PC).  I noticed the other day that I had somehow acquired a book that I hadn’t purchased.  It appeared to be an Italian book… I’m not sure of the title as that kind of information wasn’t available.  It just kind of sat there.  When I tried to download it, I was told I had reached my limit and I was given the option of deauthorising a device or purchasing another copy.

Of course, I didn’t want to do either but no matter what I tried I couldn’t get rid of it.  And no amount of searching on-line provided any assistance.

Today, I took a punt and managed to rid myself of this un-purchased baggage with no complaints from the Kindle software.  So, if you too are afflicted with un-purchased items popping up in your book list, this is how you can fix it.

  • First, find you Kindle content folder.  On the Mac you can do this using Finders ‘Go to folder’ option.  The Kindle content folder should be located in ‘/Users/<YOURUSERNAME>/library/Application Support/Kindle’.  If this doesn’t work, you can find where it is from the Kindle software preferences.
  • Once you’ve found the folder, delete the ‘Cache’ directory (making a copy of course just in case).
  • Start Kindle

And hey presto, if all has gone according to plan, the spurious book will no longer be visible in your list of books.  I suspect the same thing will work for Kindle PC, but I’ve not had the opportunity to try it so your mileage may vary.

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