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How to Reset the Furthest Read Location On Your Kindle

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UPDATE 4/26/12: Amazon now offers a way to reset the furthest page location from within your account. For details on this new method, check out our post. According to some commenters, below, the new method only works on Amazon-purchased books. So, for imported books, the method below could still be helpful.

One of the great features of Amazon’s Kindle eReader is Whispersync, which will sync your reading progress across multiple devices.  For example, you can stop reading in the Kindle for iPad app, and pick up where you left off in the Kindle app on your Android device.  A problem arises, though, when you want to reread a book that either you or someone else has already read.  Whispersync will remember the end of the book as the “furthest read location,” defeating your ability to pick up where you left off.  It takes a one-time workaround, but you can reset the Kindle’s “furthest read location.”

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A user in the MobileRead forums, dyingc, has posted a method for resetting the “furthest read location.”  Here are the steps, with a  bit more detail than in the forum post:

1. Log into your amazon.com account in your web browser.  Then go to Your Account > Manage Your Kindle > Manage Kindle Device Synchronization, and click the “Turn Synchronization Off” button.  This will turn synchronization off.

2.  On a single Kindle device, exit out of your book and go to the Kindle home screen.  It probably helps if you pause here for a minute or two . UPDATE: I performed this step on my iPad. There are reports (thanks JK!) that the process won’t work if you perform this step on your Kindle device itself.

3. Re-enter your book, and go to the beginning of the book (before doing so, note your current progress on a piece of paper, so you don’t lose it).

4.  Use the option (on the same Kindle device that you used in step 2) to sync to the furthest position.  If you get a message that you’re already there, you’re in good shape.  It didn’t work for me on the first try, though.  I had to cancel the message (which told me that my furthest point was the end of the book), exit and re-enter the book, and sync again.  That took care of it, as the sync message then told me that I was already at the furthest location.

5. Turn synchronization back on at your amazon.com account (see step 1, above).

6. Exit and re-enter your book.

 

Hopefully this works for you, too.  If you know of an easier way to reset your “furthest read location” on a Kindle, let us know in the comments.

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