There are many reasons why a person might want to delete a book after they’ve published it on Amazon. Perhaps you didn’t get the reviews you were hoping for, and want to try redoing it again?
Maybe it’s not a true reflection of the work you’re producing today? For whatever reason, you might be wondering whether or not it’s possible to remove it from your Amazon page.
If you want to find the answers to the question posed above, keep reading this article, as we take a closer look below.
Can I Delete My Book?
So, let’s just jump straight in and look at whether or not you can delete your Amazon book. The simple answer is no, you can’t fully delete your book from Amazon once it’s been published.
Once your book is out there, and it’s been distributed to other people, there is no way to remove every trace of its existence.
This doesn’t mean, however, that you can’t unpublish it and prevent it from being sold in the future.
You can absolutely remove your book from sale, and essentially make it impossible for people to locate on Amazon in the future. If your book has made an appearance on book websites such as Goodreads, however, you can’t remove the history of its publication.
If your book is in hardback or paperback format, third party sellers will still legally be allowed to distribute second hand copies of your book.
So, if somebody wants to sell an old copy they have, they can do so using Amazon as a platform, there are no rules and regulations against this.
It is the same process if you are trying to remove the sale of books for somebody who is deceased. You can stop people from purchasing further copies of their work, but you can’t stop them from circulating old copies over the internet.
How To Unpublish A Printed Book
If you’ve chosen to unpublish a printed book on Amazon, it’s a fairly straightforward process to delete it.
All you have to do is visit your KDP menu, then you can click on the ‘unpublish’ button that will appear on the drop down. After you’ve done this, your book won’t be removed from sale right away.
This is because third party sellers will be able to share your book on Amazon in the form of used copies.
It will remain listed on the Amazon page, but people won’t be able to buy new copies anymore.
How To Unpublish An Ebook
When it comes to unpublishing an Ebook, the process is even simpler. Because once you’ve deleted the book from the front page, people won’t be able to circulate third party copies like they can with physical books.
This means that once you remove your book from the Amazon page by clicking on the KDP menu, it will be virtually impossible to find. Amazon will make the page selling the book unsearchable.
This doesn’t mean however, that it will be removed from people’s kindles after you delete it. If they’ve purchased the book, that means that they can keep it virtually for as long as they like.
If your book appears in kindle unlimited, and you’ve deleted it when somebody is halfway through reading it, they’ll still be able to finish the book before it disappears.
Can I Remove My Amazon Author Page?
If you’ve previously created an Amazon author’s page in order to publish your book, then chances are that you’ll want to delete this too. Unfortunately, Amazon doesn’t allow you to delete your author’s page after it’s been set up.
Although your book will be deleted, the author’s page will still remain. This doesn’t mean however, that you can’t change the information on your author’s page.
You can easily delete any photographs that you’ve put up of yourself, as well as your bio. You can even change your name so that you remain anonymous.
We’d recommend that you sift through your social media pages, such as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram too. Chances are that when you initially published your book, you used these platforms to advertise it.
Go through any old posts that you made regarding your book, and delete them all.
Although this might seem arduous, it will be worth it in the long run in terms of anonymity.
How Much Money Does Amazon Take When You Publish A Book?
Some of you who are interested in publishing via Amazon might be wondering how much money Amazon takes from each sale. The referral fee is 15 percent, along with a 1.8 dollar closing fee.
KDP is a highly reliable source of online income, and if your book generates enough popularity, could be very lucrative.
How Do Delete A Book From My Kindle
When it comes to selecting a book from your kindle, the process is actually very easy. All you need to do is visit the books menu on your kindle, then go ahead and select ‘manage your content and devices’.
After you’ve clicked on this, you’ll see a range of options, go ahead and select ‘your books’. After you’ve chosen this option, find the book that you want to delete from your kindle, then finalize the process by clicking ‘delete’.
Although it’s not possible to completely delete a book from Amazon, you are able to unpublish it. Unpublishing a book means that it will no longer be available for sale. Third party sellers will still be able to sell old copies of your book however.