Kindle Samples: How they work? (Time Last, Free Book Expiry)


After purchasing a Kindle, the next step is to buy books to read after setting it up. If you know which book you want to purchase, you can buy it directly, but if you are unsure if you would like a book, you can get a sample first. If you have downloaded a sample, you might wonder how long it would last.

So, how long do Kindle samples last? Kindle samples will last as long as you want, and you can only remove them by deleting them. If you download a sample, you usually get a few pages of the book; the standard is 10% of the book or less, depending on the author’s specifications. When you finish reading the sample, you can delete it and buy the book or opt to buy a different book. If you need to create space in your Kindle, you should delete all the free samples you have downloaded.

You can buy books, blogs, magazines and newspapers on your Kindle through the Kindle Store. When shopping for books on your Kindle, you can download samples to see if the book suits your specifications.

You can access more than one million books on your Kindle; hence, searching for a book you will love can be hard. Amazon offers Kindle users a free sample of every book they sell to make the search easier. If you want to download a sample, you might wonder how long it will last.

Kindle samples last forever in your Kindle and can only be removed from your Kindle by deleting them. When you are looking for books to purchase on the Kindle Store, you have the option of buying the books or downloading the samples.

When you download the samples, you get a few pages of the book, usually 10% of the book. You can read the Kindle sample anytime you want; since it is free, it can stay on your device for as long as you want.

After reading the sample, you can delete it and buy the book if you like it. Samples also take space on your device; hence, if you want to create free storage space on your Kindle, you should delete each sample after you read them.

Kindle samples will last as long as you let them on your Kindle. To delete Kindle samples, go to your homepage by pressing the Home button on the right side of the device. Locate the Kindle sample you want to erase from your library.

Afterward, press left on the control pad and tap on “Remove from device.” Confirm to delete the Kindle sample from your Kindle. You can choose to delete the sample from the cloud and all devices registered to your Amazon account.

If you want to delete the Kindle sample permanently, go to “Manage your Content and Devices” on your Kindle and select the sample you want to delete. Select “Delete” and on the next window that pops up, select “Yes, delete permanently”. The process of deleting a Kindle sample can vary depending on your Kindle model.

Managing Kindle Storage

Deleting your Kindle samples is a good way to manage your device’s storage. Books usually occupy some storage space when you download books and other reading materials on your Kindle or any other device.

If you keep storing many Kindle samples on your device, they will start to occupy a lot of space, and when you need to download a book, you might lack enough storage space. After reading a Kindle sample, you should delete it as soon as possible. You should also check your library to delete Kindle samples that you have read and forgot to delete.

You can also manage your Kindle’s storage by storing Kindle samples in the cloud. Previously, Kindle users could only store Kindle samples on their devices. Now, you can download a free Kindle sample and store it on the cloud, ensuring your Kindle storage space remains the same.

You can access the Kindle samples on any supported device that you have signed in using your Amazon account. After reading the Kindle sample, you can delete it from the cloud and all devices and reading apps registered to your account.

How Do Kindle Samples Work?

After identifying the Kindle book you’ve been looking for, select it to open the next tab where you will see the option “Download Sample.” If you select the “Download Sample,” you will receive a small part of the book for free. If this is your first-time using Kindle, you might wonder how the Kindle samples work.

Kindle samples are part of the Kindle books sold by Amazon on the Kindle Store. The main purpose of the Kindle samples is to convince people to buy a book they like. You will receive up to 10% of the book’s content when you download a Kindle sample. When you read the book’s first few pages, you can decide if you like the book or not.

If you like the Kindle sample, you can go ahead and buy the book, but if you do not like the sample, you delete it and find another book. Not every Kindle book has a sample; only those with a purchase price will have a sample.

Before you buy a book on the Kindle Store, you need to be sure that you will like the book. To avoid buying books people will not like, Amazon included a free sample from every book on sale.

You can download the free sample, read it and decide if the book is interesting to read or not. The Kindle sample you download will be stored in the cloud, but you can also choose to store it on your device.

If you store the Kindle sample in the cloud, you can access the sample on any device you sign in using your Amazon account. You can also delete the Kindle sample from your device and the cloud whenever possible.

The Kindle samples are not long. You can only get up to 10% of the book as a sample. The Kindle samples are given depending on the book’s length and the author’s suggestion. Since the sample is meant to try and convince you if you need to buy the book, the sample does not have to reveal much from the book.

Sometimes, you can get the first chapter of the book or even the only two pages. You can only get Kindle samples for books that are for sale. Amazon also offers free books to Kindle users; these free books do not have a free sample. Since you can download the book for free, Amazon does not find the need to provide free samples.

Getting Kindle Samples

To get Kindle samples on your Kindle, go to the home screen on your device, for convenience, ensure you turn on the “1-click ordering”. Tap on “Books” on the screen and tap on “Store” in the upper-right corner of the screen.

Search for the book you want to purchase by typing the title or author’s name in the search bar. If you do not have any particular book in mind, you can search for books by tapping on the genre you like such as “Fiction”.

Tap on the book you want to purchase and tap “Download Sample.” You will get the book’s first few pages, which will be stored in the cloud or device, depending on your storage specifications.

When you download the Kindle sample, you can read it immediately or later. The Kindle sample will remain in your device or the cloud for as long as you want. You will be prompted to purchase the book when you read the Kindle sample and reach the final page.

You can choose to buy the book, or if you like the book, you can proceed to buy it. To purchase the book, tap “Buy” the book and select the payment method you would like to use. After paying for the book, it will automatically begin downloading to your Kindle. 

Do Free Kindle Books Expire?

If you like to read but do not have enough money to purchase books on your Kindle, you can opt for the free books. Occasionally, certain books will be available for free on the Amazon store, and you can download them as long as they remain available. If you have downloaded free Kindle books, you might wonder if they expire.

Free Kindle books will expire anytime when Amazon or the author decides to take the license back. The free books will also expire if you use Kindle Unlimited and stop the subscription. When you download a book on your Kindle, you obtain the license to view the book. Amazon or the author can decide when to remove the license, and they can do so on both free and purchased books.

If you have access to free Kindle books from third-party websites, the time you can have the books will depend on their user agreement. Some third-party websites will let you keep the free books for as long as you maintain an account with them, while others will expire after the lending period ends.

It is important to note that you do not own the books you have purchased or downloaded from Amazon. When you download a book on your Kindle using your Amazon account, you get the license to read the book on your device.

If you look into the terms and conditions Amazon has for its users, they retain the right to terminate accounts, refuse service, edit or remove content or to cancel orders at their sole discretion. Therefore, when you download free Kindle books, they can expire anytime. Therefore, your free Kindle books might stay on your Kindle device forever.

Free Kindle Ebook expiration with subscriptions

If you have a Kindle or you are using the Kindle app on another, you can subscribe to Kindle Unlimited for 9.99 USD a month. Having the Kindle Unlimited subscription gives you access to millions of books, some of which are free.

You can also use your Amazon account to borrow up to twenty eligible Kindle Unlimited titles at a time. You can only keep the free Kindle books for as long as your Kindle Unlimited subscription remains active.

When you cancel your Kindle Unlimited subscription, you will lose access to all books you borrowed for free using your Amazon account. Therefore, if you are going to cancel your Kindle Unlimited, ensure you have read all the books you have obtained using the subscription.

If you have downloaded free Kindle books using third-party websites, the books will expire depending on the user’s terms. Some websites will let you keep the free Kindle books for as long as you have an active account with them.

On other websites, the free Kindle books will expire after the lending period ends. For example, if you have borrowed books on OverDrive, you will lose access to the books as soon as the lending period ends. The expired books will still appear on your Kindle, but you cannot open them.

To remove expired books on your Kindle, go to “Manage Your Content and Devices” select the expired books on the “Your Content” list and select “Delete”. Select “Yes, delete permanently” to permanently delete the books from your Amazon account.

To get free books on Kindle, search “Free kindle books” on Amazon’s website, and the results will show you free books available for download. You can also use Amazon Prime or Kindle Unlimited subscription to access free Kindle books.

You can also use third-party websites to access free Kindle books. Some of the best websites where you can find free books to borrow include Project Gutenberg, BookBub, OverDrive and Scribd. Some libraries have an eBook database; if your local library has one, you can borrow books from the library.

You can also get free Kindle books by sharing with your friends or family by adding them to your Amazon Household. When you activate Amazon Household, when anyone buys a book, it will automatically be available for everyone in the household.

Finally

Kindle samples make it easier to find interesting books and prevent users from buying books they will not like. If you are unsure if a book is good, you can download the sample and read it to decide if it is worth buying.

The Kindle samples are free, and you usually get the book’s first few pages. The option to buy the books will pop up after you finish reading the last page, and you are free to buy the book or delete it.

When you download free Kindle books, they usually expire when Amazon decides to remove them, when you unsubscribe from Amazon Prime or Kindle Unlimited or when the lending period ends. When the free Kindle books expire, they will remain in your Kindle or the cloud, but you cannot open them.

Jas Singh

I specialize in writing about technology subjects from Citrix, gaming to products from Apple, Microsoft, Oculus. My goal is to ensure the information I write, is to the point, has the relevance required and is easily understood by all.

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