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3 Ways to Remove DRM from Kindle Books (2019 Works)

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If you've got some Kindle books, you've likely heard that they come with Amazon's Kindle DRM, which locks your books into Kindle devices remove drm from kindle booksand kindle reading apps. But as a consumer, when we have already paid these files for money, why should we be stopped from reading them just because we didn't buy a Kindle but an iPad or a Kobo e-ink reader instead? This deeply hurts us. Yes?

So if you want to read Kindle books on non-Kindle devices or apps, the perfect solution is to remove the DRM. And in fact it's also the best way to protect your purchases, helps us read our own books more freely, backup or copy, print or share kindle books with friends.

But, how to? You may have wondered this problem for a long time. Don't worry this article will introduce you 4 ways to remove drm from Kindle books. From here you can liberate your kindle books best.

First things first: Download Kindle books

To begin with, firstly I strongly recommend you get your kindle books prepared on your computer. If you have the Kindle e-ink device, you can just download Kindle books via your Kindle device. If you do not have Kindle device, you have to install Kindle for PC or Mac. Launch the Kindle app, log in with your own amazon account, then all your purchased files in kindle store would be synced. Choose those files you want to deal with, double click on book cover, then downloading begins. Once you have done that, you can close the app, find your downloaded books files at destination folder (book folder location):

  • For Win: ...Users\Administrator\Documents\My Kindle Content.
  • For Mac: ...Library/Application Support/Kindle/My Kindle Content.

Note: If you can't find your downloaded kindle books on mac, on the pref pane follow "Kindle"--"Preferences"--"Content Folder", you will find them.

Still failed to download the Kindle title? Look at these 7 solutions when Kindle books won't download.

Method 1: Remove DRM from Kindle books with Calibre Plugin

Calibre is an excellent ebook library management tool, open source software, helps you remove drm from books and convert format to others.

Step 1: Install Calibre.

Install Calibre onto your computer if you haven't already get them installed.

Then download the latest DeDRM-tools. It comes as a .zip archive, but there is no need to unzip it, just open it up and put the "DeDRM_calibre_plugin" folder where you can find it.

open calibre dedrm plugin folder from dedrm plugin zip

Step 2: Install Calibre DeDRM Plugins.

Run Calibre on computer (here takes mac as an example, remove DRM from Kindle books with calibre mac).

From the pref pane "Preferences"--"Change calibre behavior".

change calibre behavior on mac

( Note: Do not click “Get plugins to enhance calibre”).

Click on Plugins (under “Advanced”) --"Load plugin from file".

load plugin files on mac

Select the "DeDRM_plugin.zip" file you placed in step 1 and click "Open". 

select calibre DeDRM plugin on mac

Click on the “Add” button, "Yes" in the "Are you sure?" warning dialogue that appears.

calibre DeDRM plugin added on mac

After succeed the plug-in has been installed. Calibre will add this plugin under its "File type plugins" list in the Preferences window, OK. Restart Calibre please.

DeDRM under file type plugins

Step 3: Import DRMed books to Calibre

If your kindle books are downloaded via Kindle desktop app, import your downloaded Kindle books to Calibre, then the DRM will be removed automatically. But if you've previously added books to calibre that with drm, you'd better import them again. Job done, you can click "click to open" at the right side, to get a preview in calibre library.

If your kindle books are downloaded via Kindle eReaders, you should customize the plugin and input the KSN info.

calibre kindle drm removal plugin

Update: (Due to a change in DRM) Calibre DeDRM plugins will no longer work with Kindle for PC/Mac version 1.25 or newer or with Kindle firmware 5.10.2 or newer.

Method 2: Remove DRM from Kindle books with Python Scripts

Nearly all the eBook DRM Removal softwares are Python scripts, including Calibre.

Step 1: Install Python at first.

Firstly you need Python installed on your computer.

Step 2: Install Pycrypto

Pycrypto is a basic DRM module that all the DRM removal tools are using. Download and install it please.

For Win: pycrypto-2.1.0.win32-py2.6.exe

For Mac: pycrypto-2.6.1.tar.gz

Step 3: Run KindleBooks.pyw

Run KindleBooks.pyw, then input the information related to Kindle Books: input file, output file, and Kindle.info. As your kindle ebooks has been downloaded to your computer via Kindle for PC/Mac, so it is easy to find the Kindle.info, because it will be created when the desktop application installed.

run KindleBooks.pyw

This method is a little hard to use, so if you are not so familiar with computer or code, I don't think challenging this way is a wise choice.

Method 3: Remove DRM from Kindle books with Shareware

This method is applied to both beginners and experts. And I highly recommend you get it with a free trial. I do believe after you tried it, you will fall in love with her.

Step 1, download the powerful shareware Epubor Ultimate for PC or Mac to your computer.

Download Epubor Ultimate for free:

Step 2, run Epubor Ultimate on your computer. Then the kindle books downloaded via Kindle for PC or Mac will be displayed under Kindle column in the left sidebar, while the Kindle books downloaded via Kindle devices will be displayed under Kindle Device column in the left sidebar after connecting Kindle e-ink reader to computer.

benefit of epubor

Step 3,add the Kindle books from the left sidebar to the right main window. Then all the books will be decrypted immediately.

epubor decrypt kfx

  • It uses python scripts but much more easily to operate than method 2.
  • It provides more friendly interface than calibre. Of course it's also easier than calibre to learn how to use.

Failed to remove DRM from Kindle for PC/Mac (.azw) 2018
Kindle for PC/Mac version 1.25/1.26, can't decrypt drm from kindle azw.

Amazon Kindle released quietly a new version named v1.25 for Kindle for PC and Kindle for Mac. It's not published on their official site yet but just automatically updated to some people's computer (kindle desktop reading app). You will find that after downloading kindle books to computer via Kindle for PC 1.25, it's likely that we can't remove DRM from those books.

kindle for pc 1.25

So if you found that you failed to decrypt drm from kindle azw 2018, solutions are following:

Step 1: Uninstall Kindle for PC/Mac 1.25/1.26.

Step 2: Delete the "My Kindle Content" folder on computer.

Step 3: Download Kindle for PC 1.24

Or

Kindle for Mac 1.23

Step 4: Download Kindle books again to remove DRM.

Tips: Once installed the older version, you need to go into the Apps Tools & turn Off Auto Update.

Method 4: Remove DRM from Kindle Cloud Reader

Yes, this is true that now you can remove Kindle DRM from Kindle Cloud Reader--Epubor KCR Converter.

I should say it's not a DRM Removal tool, but a converter which helps extract Kindle Cloud Reader chrome cache files and then convert them to AZW3/Mobi/ePub format.

Requirements are as following.

  • Use Chrome browser to visit Kindle Cloud Reader.
  • Log in and enable Offline Reading.
  • Right-click one book and select "Download & Pin Book".

use epubor kcr converter

And the output mobi files are DRM free. The only requirement is you should ensure that you can access your Kindle Cloud Reader with Chrome browser. It deserves your trial if you don't want to use Kindle desktop app. What's better, as this tool helps extract kindle books directly from Kindle cloud reader, so it helps get around Kindle 1.25 perfectly. No need to worry about the new Kindle KFX and new DRM any more.

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21 Comments
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10/30/2016 13:24:58
Worked first option. Thank you.
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02/3/2017 00:30:39
do you have to install python and pycrypto if you're using calibre?
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02/15/2017 10:31:50
They are installed by Calibre, you do not need to install again.
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03/7/2017 18:15:43

hello please help me
i tried first method of calibre and i still getting error evan i installed successfully plugin in calibre but when i add drm book i got error
second i installed epubor and when i add drm book azw i got invailed format error also

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09/30/2017 12:44:12
Worked very easily even for someone not very computer literate. Thanks.
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09/8/2018 11:11:58
I followed your guide one by one, but finally I still choose your tool epubor ultimate as it's really very easy to go.
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01/24/2019 12:09:26
I already had the books on Calibre, followed the steps and added the books again after. Though it seems like the drm was removed, the images in the ebook are gone! can you help me please?
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01/24/2019 17:28:24

Contact epubor customer support please. We need to check your problem in detail.

Thanks for your comment.

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02/5/2019 16:33:22
I think it should be clearer above that this does NOT work with any books from Amazon Unlimited.
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02/11/2019 09:47:47
Thank you for your comments. Epubor software are not working on the rented books. As Kindle unlimited books are rented books, Epubor software will not handle them.
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07/18/2019 00:39:27
DeDRM plugin for Calibre can remove DRM from Kindle books rented via Kindle Unlimited if you use Kindle for PC 1.17 (only this version!)
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08/20/2019 10:06:41
Worked for me with 1.24, however, only the unlimited books that I actually started reading or have finished reading.
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02/27/2019 01:35:09
doesn't work anymore
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03/1/2019 03:30:36
I have Kindle 1.23 on my mac, I've installed Calibre w/in the last 30 days and the latest deDrm plug-in from Alf (v. 6.6.1) and I can't convert a Kindle book purchased in January of 2019.  Could it be how I'm importing the actual book into Calibre?  Right now all Kindle content is in my ~user/Library folder, which I only know how to access from the Finder app by choosing "Go" while pressing "Option"  key.  I don't know how to access ~user/Library from within Calibre.  Adding the book to my library by dragging and dropping the .azw file is not working.  Is there a reason a book purchased in Jan of 2019 can't be imported into Kindle 1.23 for Mac?  Kindle says my last update was 9/2018 and I don't automatically update apps, so my Kindle version shouldn't have changed since then.  I tried moving just the .azw file to my desktop and the errors were even worse. I also tried moving the whole folder to the desktop, and that did not work either.  Please let me know if you have any suggestions!
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03/1/2019 09:58:52
1. Please delete the Kindle book from your mac and redownload it.
2. Please try to use Epubor Ultimate to remove the DRM from them.
3. If you are failed again, please contact us via support@epubor.com and describe your problem clearly. We will help you fix it.
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03/19/2019 14:25:53

I can't get any of these methods to work.

Kindle fire, Windows, Ubuntu, Calibre with plugin (not sure where to input the serial number).

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03/25/2019 10:19:46

Use Kindle desktop to re-download your Kindle books, then Epubor Ultimate will works.

We can't help you directly remove DRM from Kindle fire.

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08/24/2019 01:43:04

Wow, so easy.  Works so quickly!  Finally I can ditch multiple reader apps and stay with one reader for all my books.  Thanks for posting this, the Calibre plugin works fast and easy!!  

One note is you might want to mention to turn off auto update in the PC Kindle app.  It might update itself to the newest version and "break" the plugin.

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09/2/2019 03:28:24
The Epubor works very well if you follow all steps. Only one point: the program only extract the DRM if you buy the license. It gives you a small demonstration but to have the hole kindle book available, you have to buy it.
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10/22/2019 04:44:13
Save your money if you have updated to the latest MacOS and just go with the Calibre option. The version of Kindle app they tell you to "downgrade" to is 32bit, thus will not work. Epubor was a much more efficient option until now. Maybe they'll come up with a "fix," but until they do, save your money.
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10/22/2019 11:05:41
If you have upgrade your Kindle app to 1.26 before updating your mac os to catalina and also, use this code: sudo chmod -x /Applications/Kindle.app/Contents/MacOS/renderer-test and then right click your kindle books for downloading. Then use Epubor Ultimate to remove Kindle drm successfully. Then when you update your mac os to catalina, you can still use this method to remove Kindle drm. Please refer: https://www.epubor.com/remove-kindle-drm-on-macos-1015-catalina.html
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