How to Remove DRM from KCR and Convert KCR to PDF

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What is Kindle kcr? I can not give a definitely explanation so far as it is just released about one week. All I can tell is that the .kcr file contains the main body of the Kindle books which is stored in Kindle .kfx file previously. Many of you guys maybe still have not seen this new kindle ebook format. If you have updated your Kindle for Mac to version 1.25.2(52077) or later version, you will be “lucky” enough to meet this new Kindle format--Kindle KCR.

kindle kcr format

Since this is a new Kindle ebook format, there is no solution to remove DRM from kindle kcr file directly currently. But this is not the end of the world because I have collected three alternative methods to eliminate drm from Kindle kcr books and convert kcr to pdf.

Method 1. Downgrade Kindle for Mac to Older Version

If you are on macOS Catalina 10.15, this method will not work for you any more. Please follow the Ultimate Way to Remove Kindle DRM on MacOS 10.15 Catalina.

Don't want to downgrade kindle for PC to older version? You can just skip this method and try “Download & Transfer via USB”. But I really suggest you try this method out as the whole process is very easy and ensure 100% success. Updated: You can automatically downgrade Kindle for Mac to older version with the help of Epubor Ultimate.

Step 1. Deregister and uninstall Kindle for Mac version 1.25.2.

Run your Kindle desktop application. Go to Kindle-->>Preference-->>General-->>Click on “Deregister”.

kindle preference

general option

A new window will pop up. Check the box before “I understand…” and then click on “Deregister” to deregister your kindle for Mac1.25.2.


Then go to Finder-->>application-->>find Kindle.app, right click on “Kindle.app” and select “Move to Trash” to uninstall the Kindle for Mac version 1.25.2.

uninstall kindle for mac

Step 2. Install older version of Kindle for Mac 1.23

Download the older version of Kindle for Mac here:

Download Kindle For Mac 1.23

Install and run Kindle for Mac version 1.23. Redownload your Kindle books to your computer. There is an key step you should never skip.

Please remeber uncheck the Kindle auto update option. Run Kindle for Mac-->>Preference-->>Update-->> Uncheck the box before "Automatically install updates when they are available without aksing me" as below picture. If you do this, your Kindle for Mac will not update without your permission, in this way you will avoid the latest Kindle DRM.


Step 3. Remove DRM from .kcr and convert kcr to pdf

As a powerful all-in-one tool, Epubor Ultimate is the perfect tool to help you remove DRM from Kindle kcr and convert kcr to pdf. It not only can remove DRM from Kindle books, but also can convert Kindle books to any other format.

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Launch Epubor Ultimate, downloaded Kindle books will be displayed at the left column. Drag & drop the kindle books from left to right main interface, DRM will be removed.

remove drm from kcr

To convert kcr to pdf, choose "convert to pdf" from the dropdown list and then click on "Convert to pdf" to convert your decrypted kindle books to pdf. All done, just click on "Output folder" to open the folder stored your converted kindle books.

conver kcr to pdf

Method 2. Use “Download &Transfer via USB”

Prerequisite for using this method: You need to have a Kindle eink device registered with your Amazon account information.

Step 1. Download Kindle books via "Download & Transfer via USB"

Go to your Manage Your Content and Devices and you will see all your purchased ebook will be displayed under “Content” tab. Click on “Action” button besides the ebook title, you will see all the action that you can do to this book.

MANAGE kinde content and device

Click on “Download & transfer via USB” and new window will pop up.

choose kindle device

Choose where to store your Kindle books on your computer, and click on “Save” button.

download kindle to azw3

download kindle books to azw3

Step 2. Remove Kindle DRM and convert .KCR to pdf

To remove Kindle DRM and convert kindle books to pdf, Epubor Ultimate is the best tool to recommend.

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Download and install Epubor Ultimate. Drag & drop downloaded kindle books to the main interface of Epubor Ultimate. The DRM will be removed.

remove kcr drm

Then select ”convert to pdf” from the drop-down list, then click on “Convert to pdf” button to start the conversion.

convert kcr to pdf

Once the conversion process has done, you will see “Succeeded” next to the book title. To find the converted file, just click on “Succeeded” or output folder icon at the bottom right.

Final Words

1 Although there are still not way to remove KCR DRM directly, above recommended methods are the simplest and 100% effective solution at present.

2 Good to share is that Epubor Team is working on this new Kindle DRM. According to Epubor's policy, Epubor software are free to update. Purchase now, enjoy upgrading your Epubor software for free after the new kcr DRM is cracked.

3 If you have at least on kindle eink device registered with your Amazon account, try Download & Transfer via USB" to avoid downloading any software to your computer. This method will also bypass the computer system restriction which mean you can remove kindle drm on Mac catalin 10.15.

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