How to Remove DRM From AZW3 eBook Files

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AZW3 is the format of Kindle eBooks purchased from Amazon Store. Usually, if a Kindle user plug his Kindle(firmware is not higher than 5.6.x.x) to computer to check the files, most of the purchased eBooks will be saved in AZW3 format.

But if you directly copy and paste those AZW3 file to your computer and want to share them with others or convert to EPUB/PDF, you are not able to do this because these AZW3 files are still protected by Kindle DRM. So this article aims at introducing you the most efficient way to remove DRM from AZW3 files.

Note: This guide is only for AZW3 files exported from Kindle e-Readers or downloaded directly from the Amazon website for the Kindle e-Ink device. For removing Kindle DRM from Kindle for PC/Mac or Kindle device with a firmware version above 5.6.x.x, you can read this guide instead: Kindle DRM Removal, Easily Remove Kindle DRM AZW.

Remove DRM from AZW3 eBooks with Kindle DRM Removal

1Get the tool ready

To remove AZW3 files DRM, you only need one program: the Epubor Ultimate.

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2Download the Kindle azw3 books

Method 1: Download Kindle books via Kindle device

If you are using Kindle e-ink device to download the Kindle books, you may get azw3 format books or Kindle KFX books. How can you know your Kindle ebook format before downloading it? Here is the answer: if the firmware of the Kindle e-ink device is higher than 5.6, when you download the Kindle books, the books will be in Kindle KFX format. Otherwise, you can get the Kindle azw3 format.

Method 2: Download Kindle books directly from Amazon website

As you know that if you download the Kindle books via Kindle for PC/MAC, or Kindle device with a firmware higher than 5.6.x, there is a great possibility that the downloaded books will be saved in Kindle KFX format which is not supported by many popular readers even with the DRM removed. That's why we choose to download the Kindle book as AZW3 format from Amazon website.

Log in your Amazon account and click on "Your Content and Devices".

manage device and content

Then you will see all your books will show under the "Content" tab in the "Manage the Kindle device and content" page. Click on "Action" button of each book and it will display all allowed actions as the below picture.

download and transfer via USB

Then click on "Download & transfer via USB" and it will pop up a new window to ask you to select a Kindle device. Please note that you can only select the Kindle e-ink device, not including Kindle fire. Then click on "Download" button to download the book. When your book has been downloaded, it will be in AZW3 format.

select a kindle device

3Remove DRM from AZW3 file

Remove DRM fromAZW3 books downloaded via Kindle device

Step 1: Pluging your Kindle e-ink device to your computer

Epubor Ultimate can automatically detect your connected Kindle, then you will see your Kindle displayed in the leftside column with Kindle's model name. And all the azw3 books saved in your Kindle are listed below.

kindle device books


Now more and more Kindle books we bought from Amazon are not azw3 format but KFX, don't worry Epubor Ultimate can still remove KFX DRM smoothly.

epubor ultimate can handle kfx drm 2017

Step 2: Directly drag the books from leftside column into rightside main window

remove drm from azw3

Note: Epubor Ultimate can’t remove KFX DRM if the Kindle books are downloaded from v1.25/v1.26 Kindle desktop app. So we suggest you downgrade your Kindle app to an older version instead in order to decrypt Kindle books smoothly.

Online remove DRM from AZW3 books

Congratulations! From now on you can remove drm from your Kindle AZW3 books online. It's totally free! But this demands you had an e-ink Kindle device already, because it needs your Kindle KSN to remove Kindle DRM.

remove drm from azw3 online

As what this image shows above, it's very easy to use, and no ads. For more details please visit this site online Kindle drm removal.

Comparison: Online Kindle DRM Removal can’t remove all KFX DRM, whereas Epubor Ultimate can decrypt all Kindle books as long as you make sure you download Kindle books with an old version Kindle for PC/Mac (older than version 1.25/1.26).

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joined Epubor since 2011, loves everything about eBooks and eReaders. He seeks the methods to read eBooks more freely and wants to share all he has got with you.

09/7/2017 01:46:00
Worked great! Too bad it's only a free trial.
09/14/2018 08:59:29
Worked much, helped me much, tks.
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