How to Recover Deleted Books from Kindle?

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Ever accidentally deleted a book from your Kindle device while trying to get something else to work? Or wondered about a book that you haven’t read in a long time but can’t seem to find it in your Kindle library? Sometimes accidental deletion occurs and sometimes a virus can wipe the data on your Kindle. Luckily, if you don’t know how to recover deleted books from Kindle devices, AnyRecover and Amazon can help you out. Read on to find out how to recover deleted books from Kindle devices so you can start reading again.

Part 1: What Are the Possible Reasons for Lost Books on Kindle Devices?

One of the main reasons that people choose to purchase a Kindle e-reader is because it allows them to cart around multiple books at a time. Generally, bringing a physical copy of a book somewhere is impractical as it can get lost, ruined from water, or marked up from travel. For those who read a little and don’t require too many books, a Kindle with just 8GB of space is enough, but for others, 32 and 64GB is required.

Depending on how quickly you purchase new books, read through your current books, and how often you clear out your device, you may find that your storage gets full pretty fast. A full storage usually leads to a user deleting books to free up space. In a bid to free up space, you may also delete other data files, pictures, and videos from your Kindle. If you’ve forgotten that you’ve deleted books, you’re going to end up asking why these books seem to be lost in the first place.

While users may delete books by mistake or intentionally, the data on your Kindle can disappear for other reasons as well. Perhaps the format of the books you had become incompatible, you somehow downloaded or received a virus infection that wreaked havoc on your stored books, or maybe you had an unknown SD card issue. Whatever the reason, you can recover deleted books from Kindle devices using a variety of methods.

Part 2: What Are Some Methods for Recovering Deleted/Lost Books on Kindles?

According to different scenarios, there are different ways to recover deleted books from your Kindle devices. Without any further ado, let's check them one by one.

Method 1: Use Your Amazon Account to Retrieve Deleted Books

Every Kindle device allows you to log into your Amazon account in order to sync with your book purchases that you make online. You can use this advantage to retrieve your deleted books from your Kindle through your Amazon account.

Step 1. Head to your personal computer and log into your Amazon account.

Step 2. Head to "Content & Devices" and find the deleted book in your list.

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Step 3. Then turn your Kindle on and connect it to the internet.

Step 4. Plug a USB cord into your Kindle and connect it to your computer.

Step 5. Choose the book from your purchase list and send it to your Kindle via the wired transfer (USB cable you plugged in).


If you have accidentally deleted all the books under "Content & Devices" menu, you won't be able to recover those books by yourself. And it will spend a fortune to repurchase the deleted books. The only way you can try is to contact the Amazon customer service.

Method 2: Recover Deleted Books from Kindle Via Amazon’s Cloud Library Feature

While you may not be aware of it, Amazon does keep all of your digital purchases, like books, in their cloud library. This means that if you accidentally remove one of your books from the Kindle device, you can always re-download it from Amazon’s cloud.

Step 1. Grab your Kindle, turn it on, head to the home screen.

Step 2. Find “My Library” and click on it. This is located in the upper left corner of your Kindle device.

Step 3. In your library, you will find an “All” tab and a “Downloaded” tab. The "Downloaded" tab will have the books that are already downloaded onto your device, while the "All" tab, will have all of your purchased books listed out regardless of whether they have been downloaded prior.

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Step 4. Head into the “All” tab and find the book you want to recover. You will need to tap on it to get it to redownload.


If you are using an older Kindle device, such as the first Paperwhite, you will need to click on the “Cloud” tab which is located on your Kindle’s home screen.

Method 3: Redownload the Deleted Books from Archived Items

If the deleted books are transferred from other devices, you won't be able to recover them once deleted. However, if the deleted books were purchased from Amazon, you can easily recover them from Kindle device. Once you remove a book from your Kindle device, it has not been permanently deleted. It has been archived. You can restore it by following the below steps:

Step 1. Press "Home" button to land on your Kindle's home screen.

Step 2. Press "Menu" button. Navigate to "View Archived Items".

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Step 3. Select the books that you have removed from the device. Then it will begin to redownload the books.

Method 4: Use the Recovery Software AnyRecover to Retrieve Deleted Kindle Books

Actually, most of your deleted Kindle books can be recovered by using the above 3 methods. However, there could be some circumstances where your deleted books lost forever. You should be aware that Kindle, actually as a storage device, can be accidentally formatted or infected by viruses if you connect it to a computer. The result is that all your purchased books or documents are deleted.

If that's your case, you need a data recovery program to retrieve the deleted books. AnyRecover is such a program you can try.

Main Features of AnyRecover:

It supports over 1,000 different file types. The popular file extensions on Kindle like .mobi, .pdf, .txt, .doc, .docx, .jpg, .jpeg, .png, .gif are supported by the program.

It can recover data from internal hard drives and external storage devices. Kindle uses an SD memory card to store all of your data, so if there is an issue with your SD card, you are covered.

When you recover your eBooks using AnyRecover, your current books won’t get overwritten and the program works for any data loss scenario with a very high recoverability rate.

The program is very easy to use. With 3 simple steps, the deleted Kindle books can be restored.

It's totally free to scan and preview deleted data. Additionally, you can recover 3 files for free.

Note: If the deleted books are caused by the SD card on your Kindle, please stop using your Kindle from now on. Otherwise, the deleted data on your Kindle will be overwritten by other data, and cannot be recovered. AnyRecover is free to scan and preview data, you can download the program to check whether it works for you.

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Here is how to use AnyRecover to retrieve your deleted Kindle eBooks:

Step 1 Connect your Kindle to your computer with a USB cable and launch AnyRecover. Your Kindle will be listed on the disk map. Select it and hit the "Start" tab to begin the scanning process.

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Step 2 The scanning process starts as soon as you click Start.

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Step 3 Once the scan is done, you will be able to navigate through a folder list with your data on it, find the book you are looking to recover and hit the Recover button.

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Lost Kindle files must have been downloaded to Kindle before, it doesn't support online file recovery.


Now that you have the steps on how to get deleted books back on Kindle, you can use these methods to recover other types of data too. For instance, if you have an older magazine, journal, or news story that you had downloaded and saved but cannot find it in your purchase history, make sure to select the “Periodicals: Back Issues” in your Kindle instead of your archived items. Then just simply tap on it to redownload it or use AnyRecover to retrieve it.

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By  Simon Marcus , to Deleted Files Recovery

Updated on Dec 10, 2020

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