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How to Delete Books from Kobo eReader, Kobo App, Kobo Account

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I've finished reading some books. Can I delete them from my Kobo eReader or app?

It is very common for Kobo users to delete books from the Kobo device when they've finished reading or are not interested in the items they downloaded. Here this guide summarizes all the ways to delete Kobo books, including from Kobo account, Kobo eReader, Kobo desktop app, and Kobo app for Android/iOS.

Friendly Reminder: Before deleting books from your Kobo, it's highly suggested to first back up your Kobo books in case you may need them in the future.

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Part 1. How to Delete Books from Kobo Account

To delete books from your Kobo account, it means you won't be able to see the book in your library even after you sync your Kobo eReader or app. In your Kobo account settings, you can choose to delete your books temporarily or permanently.

1. Delete books from Kobo account temporarily

To delete books from your Kobo account temporarily, you just need to move them to the Archive section. To view your archived items, click Archive near the top of the screen. However, you can always put the items back into your Kobo account.

Step 1 Go to Kobo.com and sign in to your Kobo account.

Step 2 Click the Profile icon or "My Account" at the top right of the page, then click "My Books".

Kobo account

Step 3 Click the three dots "More" icon beside the books and choose "Move to Archive".

move kobo to archive

Then continue to click "Archive Item" and "Close".

archive kobo books

2. Delete books from Kobo account permanently

Step 1 Go to "My Books" in Kobo.com and click Archive near the top of the screen. Tap the three dots icon below the book cover and click "Delete".

Bonus Tip - Restore Kobo book from Kobo account

If you click "Restore to Library", this item will be moved out of the Archive list and brought back to your Kobo account. It will be synced to your Kobo eReader or app and you can read it again.

kobo archive

Step 2 In the pop-up window, click "Delete item". Please note that if you click it, this item will be removed from your library and all your Kobo devices. You are not able to restore it from your Kobo account. To get this item back again, you have to find this item in the Kobo Store.

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Part 2. How to Delete Books from Kobo eReader

You can delete a book from your eReader directly, by deleting the book from downloads or from your Kobo account. You can choose to delete the book from Kobo eReader one by one or delete multiple books at the same time.

1. Delete a book from Kobo eReader

Step 1 Go to your Home screen of your Kobo eReader. Tap the "My Books" icon at the bottom of the screen.

My Books

Step 2 Tap and hold the cover or title of the book. A menu will appear. Tap "Remove".

remove books from kobo ereader

Then a dialog box will appear. Select one of the 2 options, either "Remove download" or "Remove from apps and devices".

Remove download: Remove the book from your eReader, but have the ability to re-download the item from the Kobo Cloud later any time. You'll still see the cover of the book on your eReader. This option is selected by default.

Remove from apps and devices: Delete the book from your Kobo account and all of your apps and devices. You'll no longer see the book cover on your eReader or Kobo apps. But you can restore the item by going to kobo.com to move it out of the Archive list.

2 options to delete kobo books

2. Delete multiple books from Kobo eReader

Removing Kobo books from Kobo eReader one by one would take lots of time. Luckily, you can delete multiple books at the same time by following the below steps.

Step 1 Go to your Home screen of your Kobo eReader. Tap the "My Books" icon at the bottom of the screen.

Step 2 Tap the three dots Menu icon, and then "Manage books".

manage books on Kobo eReader

The Manage Books menu will appear. Next, tap the checkbox beside the books you want to remove. If you want to delete all books, you can just tap the three dots button in the upper right and choose "Select all".

select all books

Step 3 Then tap "Remove" at the bottom of the screen. Select "Remove download" or "Remove from My Books".

remove multiple books from kobo ereader

Part 3. How to Delete Books from Kobo Desktop App

Kobo also offers us a Kobo desktop app for PC and Mac to read Kobo books on a computer. If you want to delete books from the Kobo desktop app, follow the guide in this part.

If you've opened your Kobo books with Adobe Digital Editions and want to delete them, follow the guide on How to Delete Books from Adobe Digital Editions.

Step 1 Open Kobo desktop app for PC/Mac. Tap the "My Books" icon at the top of the screen.

Step 2 Choose a book that you want to delete. Right-click the book cover, and click "Remove".

remove book from kobo desktop

Then a dialog will pop up. Choose to "Remove download" or "Remove from My Books".

remove books from kobo desktop

Part 4. How to Delete Books from Kobo Books App for Android/iOS

To save storage space on your Android/iOS smartphone or tablet, you can delete your books from the Kobo Books app. Your Books are safely stored in the Kobo Cloud, and you can re-download them later anytime you want.

Step 1 Open the Kobo Books app on your Android/iOS device. Go to the Kobo Book app's home screen. Tap the Menu in the upper-left corner and then tap "My Books" of the screen.

my books on kobo app

Step 2 Press and hold the cover of the item you'd like to remove. Or just tap the three dots icon beside the book's cover. Then an options' menu will appear.

remove book from kobo app

Step 3 Select how you'd like to remove the item: Remove Download or Remove from My Books. If you want to save storage space, you can just choose "Remove Download". But if you want to delete them from your home screen, choose "Remove from My Books".

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Frequently Asked Questions About Kobo eBooks
Q1. Where are Kobo books stored?

Kobo books downloaded from different devices are stored in different places. Refer to the article Where are Kobo Books Stored on PC/Mac/Android/Kobo eReader for details.

Q2. Is there any way to restore the Kobo books which have been deleted from the Kobo account permanently?

You are not able to restore the books that you've deleted from the Kobo account permanently. To get them back, you need to re-purchase them from the Kobo store.

Q3. How to read Kobo books on non-Kobo devices or apps?

Kobo books are protected with DRM, which limits you to read the books only on Kobo devices. So if you are to read your Kobo books on non-Kobo devices, you should remove the DRM from Kobo books and convert the ebook formats with the help of Epubor Ultimate.

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