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3 Ways to Remove DRM from Kindle Books

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If you've got some Kindle books, you've likely heard that they come with Amazon's Kindle DRM, which locks your books into Kindle devices remove drm from kindle booksand kindle reading apps. But as a consumer, when we have already paid these files for money, why should we be stopped from reading them just because we didn't buy a Kindle but an iPad or a Kobo e-ink reader instead? This deeply hurts us. Yes?

So if you want to read Kindle books on non-Kindle devices or apps, the perfect solution is to remove the DRM. And in fact it's also the best way to protect your purchases, helps us read our own books more freely, backup or copy, print or share kindle books with friends.

But, how to? You may have wondered this problem for a long time. Don't worry this article will introduce you 4 ways to remove drm from Kindle books. From here you can liberate your kindle books best.

Tips: If you are from Italy you can read this article in Italian here: 3 modi per rimuovere la protezione DRM dagli eBooks Kindle

First things first: Download Kindle books

To begin with, firstly I strongly recommend you get your kindle books prepared on your computer. If you have the Kindle e-ink device, you can just download Kindle books via your Kindle device. If you do not have Kindle device, you have to install Kindle for PC or Mac. Launch the Kindle app, log in with your own amazon account, then all your purchased files in kindle store would be synced. Choose those files you want to deal with, double click on book cover, then downloading begins. Once you have done that, you can close the app, find your downloaded books files at destination folder (book folder location):

For Win: ...Users\Administrator\Documents\My Kindle Content.

For Mac: ...Library/Application Support/Kindle/My Kindle Content.

Note: If you can't find your downloaded kindle books on mac, on the pref pane follow "Kindle"--"Preferences"--"Content Folder", you will find them.

Still failed to download the Kindle title? Look at these 7 solutions when Kindle books won't download.

Method 1: Remove DRM from Kindle books with Calibre Plugin

Calibre is an excellent ebook library management tool, open source software, helps you remove drm from books and convert format to others.

Step 1: Install Calibre.

Install Calibre onto your computer if you haven't already get them installed.

Then download the latest DeDRM-tools. It comes as a .zip archive, but there is no need to unzip it, just open it up and put the "DeDRM_calibre_plugin" folder where you can find it.

open calibre dedrm plugin folder from dedrm plugin zip

Step 2: Install Calibre DeDRM Plugins.

Run Calibre on computer (here takes mac as an example, remove DRM from Kindle books with calibre mac).

From the pref pane "Preferences"--"Change calibre behavior".

change calibre behavior on mac

( Note: Do not click “Get plugins to enhance calibre”).

Click on Plugins (under “Advanced”) --"Load plugin from file".

load plugin files on mac

Select the "DeDRM_plugin.zip" file you placed in step 1 and click "Open". 

select calibre DeDRM plugin on mac

Click on the “Add” button, "Yes" in the "Are you sure?" warning dialogue that appears.

DeDRM under file type plugins

After succeed the plug-in has been installed. Calibre will add this plugin under its "File type plugins" list in the Preferences window, OK.

calibre DeDRM plugin added on mac

Step 3: Import DRMed books to Calibre

Just import your downloaded Kindle books to Calibre, then the DRM will be removed automatically. But if you've previously added books to calibre that with drm, you'd better import them again. Job done, you can click "click to open" at the right side, to get a preview in calibre library.

Update: Good news is that from April 2018, Calibre released a new version of De-DRM plugin 6.6.0, which supports directly removing DRM from Kindle KFX books. But please remember that KFX books will be still saved as KFX formats though DRM removed, and these files will even can't be open and read on other devices unless you convert them to other formats with KFX Conversion Input Plugin.

Method 2: Remove DRM from Kindle books with Python Scripts

Nearly all the eBook DRM Removal softwares are Python scripts, including Calibre.

Step 1: Install Python at first.

Firstly you need Python installed on your computer.

Step 2: Install Pycrypto

Pycrypto is a basic DRM module that all the DRM removal tools are using. Download and install it please.

For Win: pycrypto-2.1.0.win32-py2.6.exe

For Mac: pycrypto-2.6.1.tar.gz

Step 3: Run KindleBooks.pyw

Run KindleBooks.pyw, then input the information related to Kindle Books: input file, output file, and Kindle.info. As your kindle ebooks has been downloaded to your computer via Kindle for PC/Mac, so it is easy to find the Kindle.info, because it will be created when the desktop application installed.

run KindleBooks.pyw

This method is a little hard to use, so if you are not so familiar with computer or code, I don't think challenging this way is a wise choice.

Method 3: Remove DRM from Kindle books with Shareware

This method is applied to both beginners and experts. And I highly recommend you get it with a free trial. I do believe after you tried it, you will fall in love with her.

Step 1, download the powerful shareware Epubor Ultimate for PC or Mac to your computer.

Download Epubor Ultimate for free:

Step 2, run Epubor Ultimate on your computer. Then the kindle books downloaded via Kindle for PC or Mac will be displayed under Kindle column in the left sidebar, while the Kindle books downloaded via Kindle devices will be displayed under Kindle Device column in the left sidebar after connecting Kindle e-ink reader to computer.

benefit of epubor

Step 3,add the Kindle books from the left sidebar to the right main window. Then all the books will be decrypted immediately.

epubor decrypt kfx

Good news to share with you: Epubor Ultimate can handle Kindle KFX DRM 2017

epubor can decrypte kfx 2017

As what the image shows, Epubor Ultimate can help you decrypt Kindle KFX books perfectly. As this guide how to remove Kindle KFX DRM 2017 has introduced the steps in detailed, so please read it if you desire to know more.

  • It uses python scripts but much more easily to operate than method 2.
  • It provides more friendly interface than calibre. Of course it's also easier than calibre to learn how to use.

Failed to remove DRM from Kindle for PC/Mac (.azw) 2018
Kindle for PC/Mac 1.25, can't decrypt drm from kindle azw.

Amazon Kindle released quietly a new version named v1.25 for Kindle for PC and Kindle for Mac. It's not published on their official site yet but just automatically updated to some people's computer (kindle desktop reading app). You will find that after downloading kindle books to computer via Kindle for PC 1.25, it's likely that we can't remove DRM from those books.

kindle for pc 1.25

So if you found that you failed to decrypt drm from kindle azw 2018, solutions are following:

Step 1: Uninstall Kindle for PC/Mac 1.25.

Step 2: Delete the "My Kindle Content" folder on computer.

Step 3: Download Kindle for PC 1.24

Or

Kindle for Mac 1.23

Step 4: Download Kindle books again to remove DRM.

Tips: Once installed the older version, you need to go into the Apps Tools & turn Off Auto Update.

Remove DRM from Kindle books with Epubor Ultimate (infographic)

remove drm from kindle books infographic

Method 4: Remove DRM from Kindle books online

Yes, this is true that now you can remove kindle drm online--Epubor Online Kindle DRM Removal. It's free.

If you had an e-ink Kindle device, things are pretty easy to go. Input the KSN, connect the Kindle to computer via USB, then drag books to remove drm. Once finished you can click the "download" to directly get your books downloaded to your own computer.

remove drm from kindle books online

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13 Comments
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10/30/2016 13:24:58
Worked first option. Thank you.
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02/3/2017 00:30:39
do you have to install python and pycrypto if you're using calibre?
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02/15/2017 10:31:50
They are installed by Calibre, you do not need to install again.
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03/7/2017 18:15:43

hello please help me
i tried first method of calibre and i still getting error evan i installed successfully plugin in calibre but when i add drm book i got error
second i installed epubor and when i add drm book azw i got invailed format error also

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09/30/2017 12:44:12
Worked very easily even for someone not very computer literate. Thanks.
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09/8/2018 11:11:58
I followed your guide one by one, but finally I still choose your tool epubor ultimate as it's really very easy to go.
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01/24/2019 12:09:26
I already had the books on Calibre, followed the steps and added the books again after. Though it seems like the drm was removed, the images in the ebook are gone! can you help me please?
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01/24/2019 17:28:24

Contact epubor customer support please. We need to check your problem in detail.

Thanks for your comment.

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02/5/2019 16:33:22
I think it should be clearer above that this does NOT work with any books from Amazon Unlimited.
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02/11/2019 09:47:47
Thank you for your comments. Epubor software are not working on the rented books. As Kindle unlimited books are rented books, Epubor software will not handle them.
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02/27/2019 01:35:09
doesn't work anymore
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03/1/2019 03:30:36
I have Kindle 1.23 on my mac, I've installed Calibre w/in the last 30 days and the latest deDrm plug-in from Alf (v. 6.6.1) and I can't convert a Kindle book purchased in January of 2019.  Could it be how I'm importing the actual book into Calibre?  Right now all Kindle content is in my ~user/Library folder, which I only know how to access from the Finder app by choosing "Go" while pressing "Option"  key.  I don't know how to access ~user/Library from within Calibre.  Adding the book to my library by dragging and dropping the .azw file is not working.  Is there a reason a book purchased in Jan of 2019 can't be imported into Kindle 1.23 for Mac?  Kindle says my last update was 9/2018 and I don't automatically update apps, so my Kindle version shouldn't have changed since then.  I tried moving just the .azw file to my desktop and the errors were even worse. I also tried moving the whole folder to the desktop, and that did not work either.  Please let me know if you have any suggestions!
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03/1/2019 09:58:52
1. Please delete the Kindle book from your mac and redownload it.
2. Please try to use Epubor Ultimate to remove the DRM from them.
3. If you are failed again, please contact us via support@epubor.com and describe your problem clearly. We will help you fix it.
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