Kindle DRM Removal, Easily Remove Kindle DRM AZW

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When we paying money for a Kindle book, we just rent them from the Amazon store, not truly owning. In fact Amazon puts Kindle DRM on their digital books which bind us with his Kindle device or Kindle app. So if we want to read our purchased Kindle books more freely, the Kindle DRM Removal is needed.

What is Kindle DRM?

Kindle DRM is a "Digital Rights Management" technology adopted by Amazon Kindle. So for us customers maybe it is difficult to understand what it is on earth. But I think you may start to know it after reading these examples below. kindle drm

You bought a Kindle book and transfer it to iTunes, but iBooks told you that you can't open this book!

You found an interesting Kindle book and very happy to share it with your best friends, but when she opened it Amazon lets him purchase a copy from the Kindle store!

You often bought books from amazon.com and also japan amazon, so on one device you should change your account if you want to read different books (different languages)!

Amazon may delete your purchases (and even your account) from your Kindle Cloud without saying anything. One day you opened your cloud and tried to open, they are gone!

......Yes this is Kindle DRM. To our customers and readers, no benefit, only inconvenience.

Why we need Kindle DRM Removal

1. I want to read my Kindle books on iPad iBooks, not only on Kindle paperwhite, or with kindle app.

kindle drm removed

2. I want to back up my books so that even amazon abandoned it one day I can still enjoy them permanently. I want my purchases 100% owned by myself.

3. I hope I can share my books with my family and friends, so for some interesting books they don't need to buy them again for the same book.

4. I want to print my Kindle pages to paper.

5. Save my time to download the same book on several different devices. It makes me angry when there is no Wifi but I must download before reading.

There are enough reasons that we need a Kindle drm removal.

Now following parts will teach you how to remove DRM from Kindle books. It will also show you some frequently asked questions that you may meet during the process of kindle drm removing.

Firstly, Kindle DRM Removal free download

Kindle DRM Removal tool helps you remove drm from common Kindle books with high speed.

Firstly download it to your computer please. Not only on windows platform, you can also download kindle drm removal for mac.

Download Kindle DRM Removal for free:

Support OS: Windows, Mac

Support formats: AZW, AZW3, Mobi, AZW4, Topaz, etc

Batch decryption: Yes

It provides you 3 methods to strip kindle drm protections from Amazon books.

Method 1: Remove Kindle DRM from Kindle for PC/Mac

This is the most reliable method, no matter you have a Kindle device or not. You just need a Kindle desktop reading app, and make sure that you can read your books on your computer.

Download Kindle for PC Download Kindle for Mac

Step 1: Register Kindle app

Get this Kindle desktop reading app started. The first time you run it, it will ask you to register. On the "Register Kindle" window you just need to input your Amazon account and the password.

register kindle

Soon you will see your own Kindle library. These books are those ones you bought from kindle store with your account.

Maybe some books already have been downloaded (Archived Items), while others haven't been yet (Downloaded Items). Double click on the cover then the downloading will begin.

But for successfully kindle drm removing, you must make sure that your "wanted" books (books that you want to remove) are downloaded well to your local computer. In other words, you must make sure that you can see these books in "Downloaded Items".

kindle downloaded items

All the downloaded items are saved well on your local computer.

How to find the downloaded Kindle books on PC?

Click on "Tools" and then select "Options".

tools options

Switch to "Content" tab, you can see the saved folder clearly that saved your downloaded kindle books.

find downloaded kindle books on pc

How to find the download Kindle books on Mac?

Finding downloaded kindle books on Mac will be a little different. But don't worry, follow the steps as these screenshots you will succeed.

Click on "Kindle" and choose "Preferences" tab.

kindle preferences

Then you will see "Content Folder. You books downloaded via Kindle for Mac are saved there.

find downloaded kindle books on mac

Check the folder then you will see your book. Most of the content books are with .azw suffix.

Step 2: Run Kindle DRM Removal software.

At first glance you will see the clean interface, which may point that it is easier to use than Calibre Kindle-DRM removal plugin. So this tool will be your best choice if you are not (so) familiar with computer skills.

kindle drm removal

This tool displays the built-in kindle library clearly on the right side. One of its wonderful functions is that this kindle drm remover tool can automatically detect all your Kindle books that already downloaded to your computer via Kindle for PC/Mac.

Drag them to the left area. Epubor Kindle DRM Removal will help you remove drm from kindle books in batch in no time at all. Once finished please click on the blue button "Remove DRM" to open the output folder where those eBooks are stored.

remove drm from kindle for pc or mac

In most cases, the book format (originally was .azw) will be changed to .mobi or .azw3 after drm removing. But don't worry it just removes the drm limitation, no change to your book files' quality and content.

Kindle DRM Removal on Win 8

You know Amazon.com provides Kindle for PC and also Kindle for Win8. They are different. But if you want to remove Kindle DRM on Win8, you still should sync your books by Kindle for PC. Please bear this in mind. It's important, as this kindle drm remover can't break the drm from Kindle for Win 8. Otherwise your AZW file will be fragmented.

kindle for win8

Here is a useful tip for you that, to save your time you'd better have a good look at the "Available only on these devices". If you can only download your books to Kindle for Win 8, then please give up using this drm remover with method 1.

Method 2: Remove Kindle DRM from Kindle E-ink eReaders

This method will be easier than method 1 if you own a Kindle e-ink eReader, as this kindle drm removal can discover the device and grab the books info automatically. For you, there is no need to install the Kindle for PC or Mac app.

Step 1: Download books to Kindle E-ink device

On Kindle there are some books are saved in "Cloud", and others are "On Device". But for drm removing it is necessary to make the books been downloaded to your Kindle device.

downloaded to kindle e-ink

Step 2: Plug in Kindle and run Kindle DRM Removal.

Get this software started, and then connect your Kindle with computer with USB cable. Soon on the right side layout you will see your device and your book files list.

detect kindle eink

Multiple Kindle devices plugged in at the same time are supported well.

Step 3: Drag books from Kindle to the left

Select the books and drag them to the left blank area. You will be surprised that this software can remove drm fastly without inputting KSN!

In fact it can read the basic information of your Kindle when detecting your device, including the Kindle Serial Number. With this method KSN is the key for Kindle DRM removing, but it makes every effort save your time.

remove kindle drm from eink

Why I found that not all my Kindle files are listed under the device name?

This software can only read your Kindle books that saved in your Kindle "Documents" folder. So when meeting a problem like this, please check the "Kindle" drive on your computer and copy them together into the documents folder.

find all kindle books downloaded to E-ink devices

But if you want, you can also click on "Add" button to choose files from your local kindle drive.

Update on 9/10/2015: You can also get a trying to remove drm from your Kindle paperwhite by online service. This online Kindle DRM Removal is provided for you. It's totally free.

online kindle drm removal

Method 3: Remove Kindle DRM from Kindle for Android app

I won't recommend you remove Kindle DRM with this way unless you can only download Kindle books on a Android tablet or phone.

I believe there are few people will try this method. If you don't have a computer, how can you free download this Kindle drm removal? If you have a computer, why not try the simple method 1?

  • It only works for android 4.1 (or lower version)
  • You should install a third party (special) Kindle for Android
  • Have to try again and again by manually inputting the PIDs

If you have to do so, or want to do so, follow the steps and keep patient please.

Download patched Kindle for Android APK

Step 1: Open books and find PID list

Get your Kindle android app started, log in with your own amazon account. Find your purchases and click to download.

How to find PID from Kindle for Android?

Open some books and slide some pages (remember that only by books opened, the PIDs will be generated). Then visit "Info - About - PID List" to see those PIDs.

open pid from kindle for android

See? There are so many PIDs that you should try one by one. And often each PID does have capital letters, small letters and Arabic numerals, which will bring you inconvenience when inputting. Calm down and be mindful.


If you haven't opened any book files, when you click "PID List" you will see some words: Open DRMed books to show PID list.

open to find pids

Step 2: Find books and add them to remove

Kindle books synced via Kindle for Android are in PRC format. And they are stored under "/com.amazon.kindle/files/". So please search them on your android.

find files

find prc

Then copy the books to the software. When books added, this software will pop up a window that lets you input the PID.

remove kindle drm from kindle for android app

Tried all the PID correctly but failed finally. Why?

The PIDs will change each time when you open different books. So please open your book and slide some pages so that the PIDs have been fully written down to your Android without any problems.


From 2015.1.21, Japan Amazon starts to provide the downloading of Kindle for PC(win 7, 8, 8.1) desktop reading app (click here to read more). So congratulations that for Japan kindle users now you can remove drm easily with method 1, rather than this difficult way.

Kindle DRM Removal free download:

Use Kindle DRM removal for yourself, not for piracy

Even though there are a lot of reasons that we need a Kindle DRM Removal for better reading, but the basic principle is: We must do just for ourselves!

The key to remove Kindle DRM is based on your own purchases, and this is also the reason why this tool needs you log in your amazon account, or KSN, or the PID. They are all linked to yourself.

You can transfer your books to multiple different devices, back up your kindle books, share them with your friends, and so on. But no reselling!

A video guide of Kindle DRM Removal tool

At the last part I still want to share a powerful useful video guide with you, which includes the latest solutions to remove Kindle drm.



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

02/27/2015 15:56:14

Your trick didnt work for my ebook.

I bought it from Amazon. I wanted to remove DRM. but ur program did something (no idea, it worked or not). I tried to convert into pdf with calibre but it failed.

02/27/2015 19:05:41


Could you tell me the format of your Amazon Kindle book?

To solve your problem, you can directly open a ticket to contact us:  http://ticket.epubor.com/

05/5/2015 05:13:43
Where do I find the Kindle serial number on my Ipod Touch?
05/5/2015 23:11:06

Thanks for using our software!
We can't decrypt Kindle books in iOS system(iPod) directly, but you can sync books to your computer, then Epubor software can decrypt them.

1, Download and install Kindle for PC/MAC;
2, Authorize Kindle software with your amazon ID, and sync all books to computer, make sure you can read all ebooks.
3, Run Epubor software, drag the books to Left panel, all done.


06/30/2015 16:32:00
thx it worked!!!!!!!
12/26/2015 12:44:21
Will your software allow me to convert iBooks to Kindle?
12/26/2015 12:45:22
Sorry iBooks are impossible to decrypt.
01/11/2016 16:45:08
Did not work... removed DRM from a kindle book (move to converted folder as AZW3, but could not move that file to my KOBO tablet... Any idea what's going wrong? Luckily, I did not buy your software yet, just using the trial version.  
Thank you.
01/11/2016 19:08:26


You mean you want to transfer decrypted Kindle books to Kindle app for Android on your Kobo tablet?

01/11/2016 23:48:57
Why It is not possible to remove from some new azw4 files recently with above trick ??
Is there any new DRM protection in recent .azw4 files ??
01/11/2016 23:48:58
For decrypting books from Kindle device:
1, Connect Kindle to computer with USB cable.
2, Directly drag the books from rightside column into leftside main window.

For decrypting books from Kindle for PC/Mac:
1, Download and authorize Kindle for PC/Mac with your Amazon ID.
2, Launch Kindle for PC/Mac, sync all books to your computer and make sure you can read all the books.
3, Run Epubor software, all done.

Detailed info: http://www.epubor.com/faq.html

02/14/2016 10:46:03
Downloaded .exe file (drm removal file), tried 3 times to run it.  Ran extremely slow, then quit with "network error".  Other files from other sites downloaded just fine, no errors on running setup files.  Downloaded .exe file second time, thinking maybe first download was corrupted - same result.  I give up, file download does not work for me.
02/15/2016 01:11:08


Please download Kindle DRM Removal via: http://download.epubor.com/kindledrmremoval_pack.exe

03/11/2016 10:30:13
Does the software work with windows 7 ?
03/13/2016 22:53:38
Yes, it's compatible with win7.
03/12/2016 17:49:10
Could not remove DRM on a Kindle azw book on my W7 pc that I just downloaded.
03/13/2016 23:16:00


Can you tell me more details? Is there any error message?

07/21/2016 06:14:36
I run Epubor to remove kindle drm and it completed and folder appeared in kindle content but no file was there.
Please advise.
08/4/2016 02:47:40


About your problem I will recommend you contact Epubor support team(support@epubor.com) because we need to see the screenshot and check the details.

08/11/2016 21:26:09
Hello, I have changed 3 kfx ebooks to azw format using Ultimate, then imported them to Epubor DRM Removal, but I get a "Failed" message when I drag them to the right part of the screen. The 3 ebooks remain locked. Any clue?
01/19/2017 08:36:32

I bought a kindle book yesterday; the files on my pc are .azw, .azw.res, .azw.md plus a few more files .phl and a voucher file. The .azw file is 480k, and the azw.res is 1.8M.

So far every effort to remove drm or convert to other format fail.

Any help please?

02/15/2017 10:41:21
You need downgrade Kindle for PC v1.19 to v1.17.
More details: http://www.epubor.com/faq.html#e106
01/19/2017 11:33:34
I followed your instructions with a standard kindle eBook. Your software gave an unknown error - "protected by a kind of DRM we do not support". There were quite a few files in the folder for that book - lots of .azw.res
01/19/2017 11:33:35
For decrypting books from Kindle device:
1, Connect Kindle to computer with USB cable.
2, Directly drag the books from rightside column into leftside main window.

For decrypting books from Kindle for PC/Mac:
1, Download and authorize Kindle for PC/Mac with your Amazon ID.
2, Launch Kindle for PC/Mac, sync all books to your computer and make sure you can read all the books.
3, Run Epubor software, all done.

Detailed info: http://www.epubor.com/faq.html

02/15/2017 10:40:27
You need downgrade Kindle for PC v1.19 to v1.17.
More details: http://www.epubor.com/faq.html#e106
02/2/2017 04:32:42
Your software does nothing for the new protection from Amazon it seems. Downloaded book is downloaded into a folder inside the kindle content folder. Has several files with it. A tmp folder, .azw .voucher and .azw.md   There is nothing in the tmp folder. But none of these files will work with your program. Any help?
02/11/2017 07:42:38
I'm having same problems! they need to update software
02/15/2017 10:30:19
You need downgrade Kindle for PC v1.19 to v1.17.
More details: http://www.epubor.com/faq.html#e106
02/3/2017 02:39:27


I'm having the same issue as "Me". I download my kindle books locally to my PC. Then I add the to the Kindle DRM remover app. The books are downloaded as .azw files. If this can be remedied, I'd gladly pay for your software!

02/4/2017 20:19:54
I replaced the new version of the Kindle program with the previous one: KindleForMac-44182-2 and it works again.
02/9/2017 20:24:49
Same issue as "Me" and "Brian". The Kindle ebook is downloaded to the PC into a folder inside the "My Kindle Content" folder. Several files are contained : .azw, .mbpV2,.voucher, .azw.md, .azw.res and an empty tmp folder.
Epubor Kindle DRM Removal says (in French): Unknown error.... your book is protected by DRM we do not support.
02/15/2017 10:25:00
Because Kindle for PC/Mac has automatically upgrade to v1.19, that makes kindle books are changed to KFX file format.
Please downgrade to v1.17 or older version.
More details:
02/27/2017 04:44:05
The downgrade does not work for me.  azw.res file gets error message.
04/8/2017 15:04:24
Is there a way to remove DMR from my kindle books to transfer them to any Sony Reader Daily Edition?
05/25/2017 17:06:22
Sure, you can, it's easy, why not download the software to have a try.
09/2/2017 16:24:53
Just wanted to comment on here and say that as of September 2, 2017 this program works. I converted an .azw file to .mobi file and then from there converted it to .pdf as I had desired. No apparent issues so far. Great program!
09/2/2017 16:24:53
For decrypting books from Kindle device:
1, Connect Kindle to computer with USB cable.
2, Directly drag the books from rightside column into leftside main window.

For decrypting books from Kindle for PC/Mac:
1, Download and authorize Kindle for PC/Mac with your Amazon ID.
2, Launch Kindle for PC/Mac, sync all books to your computer and make sure you can read all the books.
3, Run Epubor software, all done.

Detailed info: http://www.epubor.com/faq.html

09/5/2017 15:05:24
Thank you for your comment!Glad to hear that.
09/12/2017 14:45:11
As of Sept 12, 2017, recent Kindle purchases failed to be converted by this program. I suspect this is because of a change in encryption scheme by Amazon. At least when served to the Mac version of their Kindle app. So caveat emptor: the Epubor's application is now mostly useless, until they catch up to Amazon
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