How to Remove Kindle DRM on Mac

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Electronic books have changed the public's reading habits, and millions worldwide now read books, magazines, and other content on handheld readers like Amazon's Kindle. A lot of work went into making Kindle as book-like as possible while still preserving the advantages of an electronic device, such as a customizable interface, variable type size, notes, data storage, and more. Though ebooks have so many amazing advantages, however, DRM protection is still the biggest obstacle of sharing books freely or just backing up purchased books for personal use. So in this post we are going to show you how to get rid of DRM on Mac with the best Kindle DRM Removal.

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Kindle books can be downloaded to your computer via Kindle for Mac. In this case, Epubor Ultimate is the best Kindle DRM Removal for you to decrypt your Kindle books that are downloaded via Kindle for Mac with no hassle. Besides, you can also install Calibre DeDRM Plugin to Calibre to remove Kindle DRM. But we don’t suggest you try this method if you are not a tech-savvy user.

VIP Tips

If you can't downgrade Kindle for Mac, you can use the command line to decrypt Kindle books downloaded via the latest Kindle for Mac.

1. Remove Kindle DRM with Epubor Ultimate

Epubor Ultimate is the first DRM Removal to declare that it can successfully decrypt KFX books not long after Amazon adopts KFX as its main ebook format. Besides this, you can also convert eBook format with Epubor Ultimate. Honestly, Epubor Ultimate is the best DRM Removal and eBook Converter on the market. With this easy-to-use tool, it can meet all of your demands. Isn't that super amazing? Next, I am going to show you how to remove Kindle DRM with Epubor Ultimate.

Step 1Download Kindle Books via 1.23 Kindle for Mac.

Step 2Install Epubor Ultimate to your Mac and launch it.

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Step 3Remove Kindle DRM.

When you run Epubor Ultimate, you will see that your downloaded Kindle books have been displayed under Kindle Tab. Next add Kindle books to the right main window to remove DRM.

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You can find the DRM free books by clicking Decrypted.

By the way, after the successful decryption, you can convert the book format as you like based on your needs. Just choose a proper output format, then click the Convert button.

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And you can find the converted books by clicking Succeeded or the book folder icon in the lower right corner of the software.

2. Remove Kindle DRM with Calibre DeDRM Plugin

The DeDRM Calibre plugin is intended to help anyone looking for free software to remove DRM from their purchased ebooks. But we have to admit that the biggest inconvenience about using Calibre to remove Kindle DRM is that you have to install De-DRM Plugin to Calibre fisrt. And this is also the most difficult and also indispensable part to use Calibre to decrypt DRM Kindle books.

Step 1download Calibre to your computer and launch it.

Step 2download DeDRM_tools to your computer.

After downloading DeDRM tools to your Mac, you need to unzip it.

Step 3load DeDRM Calibre Plugin to Calibre.

Open calibre's Preferences dialog by pressing Win + Comma at the same time on your keyboard. Click on the Plugins button. Next, click on the Load plugin from file button.

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Navigate to the unzipped DeDRM_tools folder and, in the folder DeDRM_calibre_plugin, find the file DeDRM_plugin.zip. Click to select the file and select Open.

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Click Yes in the "Are you sure?" dialog box. Click the OK button in the "Success" dialog box.

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Step 4drag and drop Kindle books that are downloaded via version 1.23 or below Kindle for Mac to Calibre to remove DRM.

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Although calibre is a powerful freeware, if you don't know some basic computer skills, it might be difficult for you to use calibre DeDRM plugin to remove Kindle DRM. However, Epubor Ultimate is the most hassle-free software on the market with a clean and intuitive interface. Most importantly, you don't need to install any plugin to Epubor Ultimate. Even if you are a newbie, you will also find it super easy for you to remove Kindle DRM with Epubor software.

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works for Epubor and writes articles about eBooks and eReaders. She explores the best method to help you read eBooks more freely and wants to share all she has got with you.

03/7/2019 19:15:52
I've followed the deDRM instructions (and I've used deDRM successfully in the past) but I'm still getting the 'this book is locked by DRM' message when I try to drag and drop a book into Calibre from Kindle (or if I try to convert a book which is already there).  Is there anything else I might be missing?  Thanks.
04/24/2019 13:57:51

I guess your Kindle version is Kindle for PC/Mac 1.25, or your Kindle device firmware is higher than 5.10.2. Amazon changes its DRM scheme which causes the drm removing failed.

Use older version to download your kindle files again to remove DRM please.


08/27/2019 10:12:20
If your macos is 10.15 catalina, please follow this guide to remove Kindle drm on macOS10.15: https://www.epubor.com/remove-kindle-drm-on-macos-1015-catalina.html
08/2/2020 18:37:09

the download doesn't work anymore since august 2...
So its impossible to use KCR Converter.
What can we do ?

Thanks. Gilda

08/3/2020 17:15:33

Dear Sir/Madam,
We're sorry to tell you that Amazon has upgraded Kindle Cloud Reader in August 2020 for security reasons, which has finally made it impossible to download books from Kindle Cloud Reader. As a result, Epubor KCR Converter can’t help you convert the Kindle books from now on.

As per your purchase for Epubor KCR Converter, here we provide you with several solutions. Please have a try and tell us how it works. If you meet any questions during the process, just feel free to contact us and we will try our best to help you.

For Windows users:
You can follow this guide to decrypt and convert Kindle books with Epubor Ultimate:

For Mac users:

If you have a Kindle e-ink device,
you can follow this guide to decrypt and convert Kindle books with Epubor Ultimate:

If you don't have a Kindle e-ink device,
and your macOS is below than 10.15 Catalina,
you can follow this guide to decrypt and convert Kindle books with Epubor Ultimate:

and your macOS is 10.15 Catalina or higher,
we're sorry to tell you that there is no any other effective way to decrypt Kindle books, including using Epubor Ultimate, Epubor KCR Converter or any other tool in the market.
At last and once again, we're sincerely sorry and apologize for the inconvenience caused.

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