Remove ads from your Kindle

I resisted getting an e-reader for a while. Finally couple of years ago, before a bunch of travel, I got a Nook. Shiny color screen, access to the internet, email synchronization, games and apps. I abandoned it.

remove ads from PaperwhiteLast summer I saw a friend reading on her Paperwhite. I thought to myself, that’s for me – a reader with a screen that doesn’t reflect my face, no email, internet, games or Facebook.

During the holidays, she thoughtfully gave me one as a gift. I guess I said all that stuff out loud.

The Paperwhite is great. One big complaint: the ads. I found this post, followed the steps and it worked. Voila, no more ads or special offers.

Here are the basic steps using Windows 7:

  • Make sure your folder view is set to “Show hidden files, folders, and drives”.
  • Connect your Kindle to your computer with your USB cable.
  • View your Kindle in Windows Explorer. Open the system folder and you’ll find an .assets folder.
  • Delete the .assets folder.
  • Create a new file in the system folder named .assets by right-clicking on the list of files and folders in system, and select New >Text Document. That creates a file named New Text Document.txt. This is the file that will be named .assets after following the next steps.
  • Open a command prompt window by holding down the Shift key and right-clicking on the system folder, then select Open Command Window Here.
  • This opens a character-based command prompt window (DOS) with a prompt showing the location of the system folder.
  • Enter this command: [rename “New Text Document.txt” .assets] at the prompt to rename the text file.

Thanks very much Ray from Arlington, MA. Keep running and writing.