Books downloaded from the Amazon Kindle Store come in .azw format. This format was developed by Amazon from the open source .mobi format. The two formats are basically the same except that Amazon added digital rights management (DRM) to the .azw files. As an Amazon-owned format, azw is not that open compared to the industry standard ePub format, which leads to that many reading devices and apps can't read your azw books. So here comes the demand to convert Kindle AZW to ePub, PDF or TXT, but how to convert azw books to epub, pdf or txt books for reading on Sony e-reader and other devices?
Now let us focus on AZW to ePUB, converting Kindle AZW to ePUB. To solve this problem, you need to follow the steps by using Calibre.
Convert Kindle books to ePub
1 Install Calibre by clicking here to download Calibre. It is a 100% free program to which you have free access and it offers you 5 versions to suit your operating system.
2 Run the Calibre and click "Add books", then a window will pop up, allowing you to browse the Kindle AZW files in your local drive. Select the file and click Open, then the file will be added to your Calibre library.
3 Select the newly added AZW file and click "Convert books" button as the image shows to process the convertion job.
4 Then an conversion settings window will pop up. Choose your output format by clicking the button in the top right corner and you can see many formats there including EPUB, PDF and TXT. Just click EPUB then you will get the converted file as EPUB format. It's easy and user-friendly.
5 After all the settings are done, click "OK" to start converting. If you didn't customize your own output folder during the setup process, the converted files will be saved in the default Calibre Library folder in C:\Users\Username folder.
6 It will work like a charm if your Kindle AZW book doesn't have DRM protection, or you will get a failure message indicating your ebook has DRM.
If you get such a message like the image above, please click the buttons to download the tool to strip Kindle AZW DRM first. Then you can convert your Kindle books freely.
This tool enables you one-click to bulk strip DRM protections on your Kindle AZW books then you can convert azw to epub, pdf and txt freely.
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Ada Wang works for Epubor and writes articles for a collection of blogs such as ebookconverter.blogspot.com.