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Best AZW Converter-Convert Kindle AZW to PDF/EPUB (100 % Free)

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If you often purchase ebooks from Amazon Kindle, you must have come across AZW format if you ever tried to download them. AZW is the most popular format adopted. Although Amazon has recently employed a new KFX DRM, the books are still saved as AZW format when you download them from Kindle for PC/Mac. All the Kindle AZW books are DRM-protected and only supported by Kindle devices and Kindle apps. To read Kindle AZW books freely on other devices, you need a AZW Converter to help you.

Here in this post, you will get the best free AZW Converter--Calibre, to help you convert AZW to PDF/Epub/Mobi.

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Why Do We Need AZW Converter?

convert audible to mb4 infographic 1 Kindle AZW books are not supported by non-Kindle device. We need AZW converter to convert AZW to more common-used PDF, Epub, Mobi format in order to read Kindle books freely on multiple devices like Kobo, Nook, Sony eReader or any reading app.

2We need AZW Converter to back up our Kindle books so that even Amazon abandoned it one day we can still enjoy them permanently. I want my purchases 100% owned by myself.

3 We need it to remove the DRM and then share the Kindle books with our friends or family members for not wasting money to purchase the same title once again.

4 We hope that we could print Kindle books to paper books.

1. Calibre--A Free Kindle AZW Converter

Calibre is a free ebook manager which also serves as an ebook converter to convert the ebook formats. Besides, Calibre can decrypt ebooks with the DRM removal plugin, including Kindle AZW/KFX/AZW3. Now let's find out how Calibre works as an AZW Converter.

Key Features of Calibre:

Pros:
1. It's completely free to use.

2. It's a multi-functional tool for ebooks, including ebook management, ebook format conversion and so on.

Cons:
1. Must install Calibre DRM Removal Plugin to convert Kindle AZW books. Quite complicated time-consuming.
2. Cannot automatically detect and load Kindle books so you must add them to Calibre manually.
3. The interface is complex for the newbie.
4. As a freeware, it does not provide customer service or support.

Step 1 Download Calibre and DeDRM Plugin, and install the DeDRM Plugin to Calibre.

Intalling the DeDRM plugin to Calibre is an essential step to successfully decrypt Kindle AZW books.

calibre DRM Removal Plugin

Step 2 Download Kindle AZW books to your computer via Kindle for PC/Mac.

download kindle books to computer

Step 3 Add Kindle AZW books to Calibre by clicking on the "Add books" button.

If you download the Kindle AZW books to the computer via Kindle for PC/Mac, you need to add the Kindle books to Calibre from My Kindle Document folder manually.

add kindle azw to calibre

The Kindle AZW books downloaded via Kindle for PC/Mac are stored here:

For PC: C:/Users/your computer user name/Documents/My Kindle Content

For Mac: /Users/Mac user name/Library/Containers/com.amazon.Kindle/Data/Library/Application Support/Kindle/My Kindle Content

add kindle azw to calibre

Step 4 Convert Kindle AZW to PDF, Epub, or Mobi by clicking on the "Convert books" button.

convert AZW to PDF Epub with calibre

After the conversion, there will be two formats for this book.

convert AZW to PDF Epub with calibre

FAQ: Failed to remove DRM from Kindle AZW books and convert AZW books
I failed to convert the Kindle AZW books downloaded from Kindle for PC/Mac or from my Kindle device. Why?

Earlier in 2019, the Kindle has released a new Kindle KFX DRM. Your Kindle eBooks will be encrypted with this new Kindle KFX DRM if you download Kindle eBooks via Kindle for PC/MAC version 1.25 or higher, or Kindle device with firmware higher than 5.10.2.

kindle for pc 1.25

Now Calibre can not directly handle this new DRM scheme if the Kindle books are downloaded from v1.25/v1.26 Kindle desktop app.Therefore, the current solution to this problem is to:

1. De-register Kindle for PC/Mac 1.25/1.26.

2. Uninstall Kindle for PC/Mac 1.25/1.26.

3. Download older version Kindle for PC 1.24 or Kindle for Mac 1.23. And don't forget to STOP the auto-update.

4. Sync and redownload the Kindle books, and then convert the Kindle format with Epubor Ultimate, Calibre's Alternative.

Tips: Epubor Ultimate can even help you downgrade the Kindle for PC/Mac to older version automatically without manually downgrading.

2. Calibre Alternative--Epubor Ultimate (A Much Easier-to-Use AZW Converter)

Epubor Ultimate, as the best eBook Converter and eBook DRM Removal, is the alternative choice for you to remove DRM from Kindle books and convert Kindle AZW books. It should be most powerful and easy-to-use AZW Converter apart from Calibre.

Key Features of Epubor Ultimate:

1. Convert Kindle AZW/AZW3/KFX to PDF/EPUB/MOBI without installing any DRM Removal Plugin.

2. Remove DRM from eBooks purchased from almost all the popular retailers such as Amazon Kindle, Kobo, Google Play Books.

3. Automatically detect device and load books.

4. Much easier to use than Calibre with a user-friendly interface.

5. Edit metadata, including title, author, publisher, introduction and the book cover.

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The Whole Step Download Kindle AZW books to your computer via Kindle for PC 1.24 or Kindle for Mac 1.23 or simply connect your Kindle e-ink device to your computer via USB. Epubor Ultimate will automatically detect them and you can see them listed at the left column.

All you need to do is to just drag and drop the Kindle AZW books from the left to the right main window, set the output format, and choose to convert AZW to PDF, ePub, Mobi or AZW3. Immediately, the Kindle AZW books will be decrypted and converted.

conversion is completed

Notice for Mac Users--Updated in October 2019

Kindle for Mac 1.23 no longer runs at all on Mac OS 10.15 Catalina. Meanwhile, downgrading Kindle for Mac to an older version is not a valid method to remove Kindle DRM any more on the MacOS 10.15 Catalina with Epubor Ultimate or Calibre. But the good news is that the new released Kindle DRM Removal--Epubor KCR Converter--can help you export your Kindle books from Kindle Cloud Reader as DRM-free epub/mobi/azw3 books. And you can follow this complete guide on how to use Epubor KCR Converter: Kindle Cloud Reader to Epub/Mobi/Azw3, Easily Remove Kindle DRM.

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3. Calibre vs Epubor Ultimate

AZW Converter Calibre Epubor ultimate
Automatically detect device and books No Yes
DRM removal function Must install DeDRM Plugin to remove DRM remove DRM with one click
Ease of use Difficult to use Super easy to use
User-friendly interface No Yes
Customer service No 7/24 customer support
Price free $24.99

From the above comparison chart, you must have a clear idea about these two best AZW Converters. Honestly speaking, Epubor Ultimate is much easier to use than Calibre to convert Kindle AZW to PDF/Epub/Mobi. Of course, if you prefer a freeware, then Calibre plus the DeDRM Plugin can be a good choice for you. But if you are seeking the most convenient way to deal with the Kindle AZW books, Epubor Ultimate should be the best option.

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08/31/2019 09:08:04

I have a book I purchased, but Epubor Ultimate is showing it as rented. I downloaded this some time ago, before Kindle desktop upgraded to 1.26, and it shows as a .azw book.

I realize the new-style DRM and 1.26 are having issues that require a downgrade, but I wasn't expecting issues with an older .azw file.

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09/2/2019 08:52:00

Please ensure you are using the latest version of Epubor Ultimate. Please download the latest version here:
windows: https://download.epubor.com/epubor_ultimate.exe
Mac: https://download.epubor.com/epubor_ultimate.zip

Also, please downgrade the kindle for pc/mac to older version (1.24) and then run Epubor Ultimate to remove DRM.

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