AZW3 is the format of Kindle eBooks purchased from Amazon Store. Usually, if a Kindle user plug his Kindle 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.
And even if you import these files into Kindle DRM decryption software, you may still fail to remove DRM from the AZW3 files. And this article aims at introducing you the correct way to remove DRM from AZW3 files. (Note: This guide is only for AZW3 files exported from Kindle e-Readers)
Update on 2/13/2015: The latest version of Epubor softwares is able to auto-analyse your Kindle's serial number, you need not to manually input it anymore. Click here to jump to specific part.
Update on 3/27/2015: To provide better content and solution, we published a comprehensive post about remove Kindle DRM from PC/Mac client, Kindle device, and Kindle Android App. All content in this article is included in that post. Click here to read the all-in-one post.
Remove DRM from AZW3 eBooks
1Get the tool ready
To remove AZW3 files DRM, you only need one program: the Kindle DRM Removal. No need for Kindle desktop application. Click the buttons below to directly download the tool then install it.
2Find the serial number of your Kindle device
Look at the left column and find "Manage Your Devices", click it you will see all your registered Kindle devices and apps in the main part of the web page.
Choose the correct device which you export the AZW3 files from then you can get the details below, including device type and serial number. This is what we need.
3Load the AZW3 files into Kindle DRM Removal
Run Kindle DRM Removal, then directly drag the AZW3 files from the Kindle storage.
4Show the Magic
Here is the key-step, don't click "Remove DRM" button at the step. Instead, please click "Setup" at first and you will see the information below.
Click "Use Kindle Serial Number (or PIDs)" and input your Kindle's serial number in the blank, we've already got the number in step 2. And please delete the space between each group of digits.
Click "OK" to confirm the setting and here comes the last step, "Remove DRM".
Update: No need to input KSN with new version Kindle DRM Removal
This easier method works with Epubor Kindle DRM Removla v 18.104.22.168 and later.
1Connect Kindle to computer with USB cable
Our program will detect your connected Kindle, then you will see your Kindle displayed in the rightside column with Kindle's model name. And all the books saved in your Kindle are listed below.
2Directly drag the books from rightside column into leftside main window
Then these books will be automatically decrypted with the KSN we find on your Kindle. And all the decrypted books will save in computer's hard drive. No harm to Kindle device or the books saved in Kindle.
Attention: In this way, please do not manually input any KSN digit in program's preferences settings. If you input wrong KSN, the program may fail to remove DRM.
Now all your DRM AZW3 files are decrypted successfully, you can share them with your friends, print them, or convert to other formats as you want.
If have any problem in removing DRM from AZW3 files, feel free to open a ticket at http://ticket.epubor.com, our technical service staff will help you for free.
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Jonny Greenwood 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.