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Try These 9 Strategies to Quickly Convert Kindle to PDF

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How to convert Kindle to PDF easily? When you purchase an eBook from Amazon Books, you will find your non-Kindle eReader (Nook, Kobo Vox, Sony Reader etc.) cannot open it. Before we solve this problem, let's talk about eBook-formats briefly. As the eBook-leader in the world, Kindle books support AZW, KFX, AZW3, PRC, MOBI and TPZ formats. Nevertheless, other readers do not support these formats, but support PDF and EPUB. So if you intend to read Kindle books on other readers, you will have to convert Kindle AZW / TPZ / PRC / MOBI to PDF or EPUB. This guide will cover 9 strategies to quickly convert a Kindle eBook to PDF format.

First things first: Make Kindle books DRM free

We all know that Kindle books are always in KFX, AZW3, Mobi or AZW format, but not the common ePub or PDF that most devices and apps supported. So When asked how to read Kindle books on Sony DPT-CP1, iPad and other e-Readers, the easiest way at present highly commended is to convert Kindle format to PDF or ePub.

But the truth is that, the first reason that prevents us reading Kindle books freely on non-Kindle devices is Kindle DRM! Nearly 97% of our purchased Kindle files from Amazon store are with Kindle drm limitation, this means we can only read them on Kindle Paperwhite, Fire tablet, or with Kindle app on our iPad or iPhone.

So before the kindle to pdf conversion, the first thing we need to do is to remove DRM from Kindle KFX/AZW/AZW3/Mobi books (if the books are DRM protected). More info you can also have a look at this article convert kindle to pdf drm.

Remove DRM from Kindle books free
     

After the Kindle books are DRM-free, you can begin to convert the format as the steps below.

Method 1: Convert Kindle books to PDF with Calibre

Calibre is a super star in eBook software area, you can use it as a free Kindle to PDF converter. It allows you to convert the formats of your books to another one. The supported formats are as follows:

Input Formats CBZ, CBR, CBC, CHM, EPUB, FB2, HTML, LIT, LRF, MOBI , ODT, PDB, PDF, PML, PRC, RB, RTF, TCR, TXT.
Output Formats EPUB, FB2, LIT, LRF, MOBI, OEB, PDB, PDF, PML, RB, RTF, TCR, TXT.
Systems Windows, OS X, Linux, Portable

Calibre offers you several versions on different operating systems, including Windows, Mac, Linux and portable. We record the video on windows, but you can also convert Kindle to PDF on Mac with the same method. 

Step 1: Download Calibre and select a proper version for your PC. Here we select "Windows". Make sure your Kindle books have been copied or downloaded on your computer.

convert kindle to pdf with calibre

Step 2: Install and launch Calibre.

Step 3: ClickAdd books button to add your Kindle books, then they will be listed on the center zone of the screen.You can drag and drop your books here as well.

convert kindle to pdf - list

Step 4: Select the books that you prepare to convert. Also, you can click "Edit metadata" button to customize the cover images, Title, Authors and other metadata of your eBooks.

convert kindle to pdf - select

Step 5: click "Convert books” button. The ebook converting window will pop. Select "PDF" as output format and click "OK". Calibre will start to convert books.

convert kindle to pdf - convert

 

convert kindle to pdf - convert

The status zone at the bottom of the right corner “jobs: 2" will show the progress of conversion.

Please note: During the conversion, if the following "This book is DRMed" window pops, that means a DRMed book is detected and Calibre cannot convert it. Thus you need to remove the DRM from your Kindle book and then convert the decrypted Kindle book to PDF on Calibre.

convert kindle to pdf - drm

Step 6: When the status turns to "Jobs: 0", the conversion is completed. Click the status zone to get the details of the conversion on the pop-up window.

convert kindle to pdf - outlet status

convert kindle to pdf - conversion details

Step 8: Go back to the main screen. If the books have been converted from Kindle to PDF successfully, the "Formats" will contain both the original one(PRC) and the converted one(PDF).

convert kindle to pdf - successuful

Click "Click to open", you will get your PDF books on the pop-up window.

convert kindle to pdf - suc file

If the books failed to be converted, the "Formats" will contain only the original one(AZW).

convert kindle to pdf - failed conversion

Click "Click to open", you will not see the PDF books on the pop-up window.

convert kindle to pdf - failed file

Now you have completed converting Kindle books to PDF. The whole Kindle to PDF conversion progress is free and convenient. 

Pros:

Cons: Should use Calibre DeDRM plugin to remove kindle drm first if the books are drm protected. And then you should add the decrypted books into Calibre library again to convert the formats.

Method 2: Convert Kindle to PDF with Epubor Ultimate (Mac and Windows)

If you feel that the above steps are still a bit complicated and you are not that satisfied with it, I would recommend the Epubor Ultimate for you. It combines the DRM removal and formats conversion perfectly. The most important is, you will get your Kindle books converted in front of you in a short time, just with a simple click. It's a one-stop solution to convert Kindle (drm) books to PDF.

Step 1: Download and install epubor ultimate.

     

Step 2: Add Kindle books to remove DRM.

If your Kindle books are downloaded to your Kindle Oasis or Kindle Paperwhite, just connect your device to computer via USB, then run Epubor Ultimate software. It will detect all the books that saved in your device and list them at the left area. Drag and drop them to the right area of its main interface.

convert kindle to pdf with epubor ultimate

As the image shows above, books added, drm header removed. This step is easier than using calibre, right?

If your books are downladed to Fire tablet, or Kindle for Android, you want to convert kindle app books to PDF quickly, please use Kindle desktop to sync them and download them to your computer. Downloaded files will be saved in local "My Kindle Content" folder, please check.

Step 3: Convert drm free kindle to PDF

From the "Convert to.." selection please choose PDF as the target format, and then click the button again, the conversion will begin soon.

convert drm free kindle to pdf

Pros:

Cons: Paid software, but you can use the free trial version first to decide whether to use or not. And epubor supports refund if finally you found it's not so good.

Method 3: Convert Kindle to PDF online (free)

There are some good kindle to pdf online converter that could help us:

Zamzar Kindle to PDF Converter >>

Convert.Files >>

Epubor Onlineconverter >>

if you have interest (especially for those people who have 2 or 3 books only that need to be processed), pleaese try this way.

Step 1: Choose the PDF as output format.

kindle to pdf online

Step 2: Upload Kindle files to convert.

upload kindle books to convert online

Step 3: Convert and download the pdf file.

Waiting for the conversion finishing. When completed, you will get your files.

Pros:

Cons:

FAQ 1: Convert Kindle to PDF Windows 8

Some customers leave comments to complain that, they can't find the downloaded Kindle books on their Windows 8 computer, which stopped them successfully converting a Kindle book to a PDF.

The downloaded kindle books will be saved in "My Kindle Content" folder. But if you failed to find them, you can check following path:

  • C:\Users\<userid>\AppData\Local\Amazon\Kindle\application\content
  • Or
  • C:\Users\<userid>\AppData\Local\Packages\<Package Name>\LocalState or Roaming State or SystemAppData

Details you can read how to remove Kindle DRM on Windows 8. After you succeeded to strip the drm, continue to follow this guide to convert your kindle books formats please.

FAQ 2: Convert Kindle AZW6 to PDF

After the conversion finished, when we open the PDF book, we will find that all the pages of some PDF books (which we converted from Kindle) are blank, but just with one cover image. Why?

It's likely that the original Kindle book you got from amazon store is an azw6 book. This format is only used in Amazon Japan.

Until now I haven't found a tool that could help us directly handle azw6 format Kindle books. The unique solution and easiest way is to sync these books via Kindle for PC/Mac and download them again to your computer, so that epubor or calibre could recognize them.

convert kindle azw6 to pdf

FAQ 3: Convert Kindle KFX to PDF

kindle bookerly kfx

Since 2017 Amazon start widely using their new format, KFX, into their kindle books, after they upgraded the Kindle desktop version to version 1.19.

This format features at the new enhanced typesetting engine and new Bookerly font. Reading KFX on Kindle devices expecailly on KPW3 is really nice and cool, but it's really a pain when we want to read them on non-Kindle devices.

But the good news is that, both of these 2 tools I recommend here, epubor or calibre, supports the Kindle KFX now.

epubor support kfx

Epubor Ultimate will display all of your kfx books no matter they are downloaded from Kindle desktop or Kindle e-ink device.

Calibre will also help you recognize them if you use the newest Calibre DeDRM plugin and kfx conversion input plugin. I think this is a little waste of time but if you really love using free ware Calibre, you can read this official guide how to convert kfx to pdf.

FAQ 4: Convert Kindle to PDF A5 size

Thoug A4 is the default page size, but you know that there are some readers such as Sony DPT-CP1, will only supports A5 PDF. So, is it possible to change or reduce the PDF page size from A4 to A5? The anwser is Yes.

Open Calibre, add your A4 pdf books into the calibre, "Convert books". From the new window select the output as "PDF", and then from the left side area choose "PDF Output", set the "Paper size" as "a5", OK.

change pdf page size from a4 to a5

a5 pdfWaiting for the job finished. When it's completed, you can click to open the new page size PDF books with Calibre built-in viewer. If you think it's good, then try to transfer the A5 page size PDF book to your Sony digital reader please (may also need Digital Paper App to sync the files).

Please note: Not all of the PDF books will be displayed correctly or perfectly on your new device after being changed the size into A5. The PDF output quality is always being the century problems. So here I will recommend you preview the pdf file first before transferring them to your device.

FAQ 5: Kindle to PDF vertically

For those Kindle Japan users, they already were familiar with the vertical layout. But after converting Kindle to PDF, you will find that some books have been horizantal, and with badly layout. This is because some tools will help you rotate the PDF, which results in the vertical to horizontal and with bad display.

horizontal display

To resolve the problem, I will recommend you firstly convert Kindle to ePub with Calibre, and select "Look&Feel" > "Styling".

Then copy the following css codes into the blank area please.

@charset "utf-8"; 
* {
line-height: 150%;
}
.vertical,.vrtl {
writing-mode: vertical-rl;
-epub-writing-mode: vertical-rl;
-webkit-writing-mode: vertical-rl;
line-break: normal; -epub-line-break: normal;
-webkit-line-break: normal;
}
p {
margin: 0;
}
h2{
margin-left:3rem;
margin-top:3rem;
}

Then choose "EPUB" as the output format, convert.

horizontal to vertical display

You will find the epub books are vertical.

Add these vertical EPUB books into calibre library again and convert them to PDF format please.

That's all. Wish this guide will help resolve 99% of your problems when converting Kindle to PDF. If you found new questions don't forget to leave your comments below.

     

 

author

works for Epubor and writes articles for a collection of blogs such as ebookconverter.blogspot.com.

8 Comments
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10/10/2012 13:43:54
Excellent instruction, clear and very useful, thanks
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10/23/2012 23:01:56

Hi,
Many thanks!
I'm glad you'got something useful here.

Ada

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12/15/2012 23:45:05
Thank You so much! This helped me convert my kindle books into a format my linux system could read. Thank you =]
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12/18/2012 20:12:04

Hi, Christy

Glad to hear that.
Feel free to tell us if you have any other problem.

Regards.

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12/20/2013 22:33:30
I am so frustrated. I have purchased a DRM remover as well as Calibre in order to convert kindle ereaders to PDF so I can read them on my Sony reader. Trouble is I can't see an actual file - I can only access the ebook on the Kindle cloud reader or on the Kindle App on my Windows 8. But the actual file doesnt appear anywhere in order to import it to Calibre or the DRm remover. HELP!
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12/24/2013 18:34:16
You can read this guide: www.epubor.com/how-to-remove-kindle-drm-on-windows-8.html
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03/23/2016 02:48:17
My situation is same as Annie. I have just tried and succeeded. Thank you guys so much!!!
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09/8/2018 10:29:41
Thanks for this guide sharing, learnt much.
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