How to Read AZW3 Books on PC and Mac

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how to read azw3 books on pc and mac

Most of eBook lovers are not strange to AZW3 format. It's essentially Amazon KF8, which supports features like HTML5 and CSS3 support, and often includes DRM protection. Compared to Amazon other formats, such as Mobi and AZW, it's more advanced, because it supports more fonts, layouts and styles. Currently, books purchased from Amazon are most already AZW3 format, while the previous mainstream mobi format is less and less, it is gradually replacing Mobi and becoming mainstream Kindle format.

But the fact that AZW3 files are only associated with Amazon Kindle devices and eBook reading applications. So if we don't have a Kindle device, how can we open and read AZW3 files? How to read AZW3 books on PC and Mac? Don't worry, here I will tell you 2 useful reading apps to solve your problems.

1. Read AZW3 files with Kindle for PC/Mac

Kindle for PC/Mac is Amazon official reading app. It's obvious that we can open and read AZW3 files on PC and Mac with it.

If you have not installed Kindle for PC/Mac on your computer, please download it from Amazon official website and install it. Just enter your email or phone number and click "Send link" button, Amazon will send you Kindle app download link soon, you can check your email and hit the link to download it.

download kindle for pc or mac from amazon

Here I will take Kindle for PC as example. Kindle for Mac is almost the same to it.

After installing Kindle for PC successfully, please launch it and log in with your own Amazon account. Then all your purchased files will show up in the main window of the application. Just double-click the cover of these books to download them to your computer. When the download process completes, you can click your favorite books to read.

read azw3 files with kindle for pc

Note: Sometimes, when you double-click your AZW3 file, it can not be opened directly on your computer. Windows will let you select program to open this file. Just select the option "Select a program from a list of installed program" and click "OK" button to select Kindle for PC to open the file. Or you can just right-click your AZW3 book, select "Open with"-->"Kindle" to open it.

can not find program to open azw3 files

As long as you log in Kindle for PC/Mac with your own Amazon ID which is associated with your purchased books, you can use the software to read AZW3 files without any restriction, no matter they are DRM-free or DRM protected.

2. Read AZW3 files with Calibre E-book viewer

Calibre is a very popular, open source digital publication library management program. It supports many common, and few uncommon eBook formats including AZW3 format. We can not only use it to convert eBooks format but also view eBooks.

To read your AZW3 files with Calibre, please download and install Calibre first.

Then add your downloaded books to Calibre, you can click "Add books" button to add books or just drag them to the tool. Then all your added books will appear in the main interface of the software.

add azw3 files to calibre

As we know, most of AZW3 files are DRM-protected, while some are DRM-free, so here I will divide it into 2 cases.

Case 1: For DRM-free AZW3 files

If your AZW3 files are DRM-free, after adding them to Calibre, you can directly double-click their title to open and read them.

read azw3 files with calibre

Notice: If you can't open and read DRM-free AZW3 books with Calibre, please try to click Preferences -> Behavior and add AZW3 format to view in Calibre. Or you can try to change their extension to .Mobi or .AZW, because AZW3 eBook file format also uses .AZW and .Mobi file extension.

Case2: For DRM-protected AZW3 files

As an free AZW3 reader for PC and Mac, Calibre can only read DRM-free books, if your AZW3 books are DRM-protected, you can't open them unless you remove their DRM first.

can not read drmed azw3 files with calibre

So, we need another tool to help us remove DRM first. Here I recommend you a powerful software Epubor Ultimate. It is very easy to use. Its clean and friendly interface makes us deal with DRM problem smoothly. Now just follow me to learn how to remove DRM with the tool. Please download and install it on your computer first.

Download the Epubor Ultimate

Launch Ultimate Converter, usually it will automatically load all you Kindle books, if you synced them via Kindle for PC and save them in the default folder "Kindle". If not, you can just drag your AZW3 files to the main window of the program.

kindle drm removal

Then just drag the AZW3 books from left side to the right main window, your books will be decrypted immediately.

remove drm from kindle for pc or mac

After you have removed DRM successfully, you can right-click decrypted books and select "Explore decrypted file" to find where they are saved. Then add DRM-free books to Calibre and start your reading journey.

The DRM removal tool is so easy to use. Right? You can remove DRM without clicking any button. It can also remove DRM in batch with a few seconds. Without DRM restriction, you can read your books freely, share them with your friends, or convert them to any other format you like. Now, just select your favorite program to read your AZW3 files. To know more information about reading Kindle books on PC, you can read this guide Three Methods to Read Kindle Books on PC. Hope you have a wonderful reading journey.

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

01/15/2018 23:42:14
thank you, this was exactly what i needed
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