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The Official Guide to Converting Kindle to PDF (Super Easy and Fullproof)

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How to Easily Convert Kindle to PDF? When you purchase an eBook from Amazon Books, you may encounter the issue of your non-Kindle eReader (such as Nook, Kobo Vox, Sony Reader, and others) being unable to open it. Before we delve into the solution, let's briefly discuss eBook formats. As the global leader in eBooks, Kindle books primarily support formats like AZW, KFX, AZW3, PRC, MOBI, and TPZ. However, many other eReaders do not support these formats but instead work with PDF and EPUB formats. So, if you wish to read Kindle books on alternative eReaders, you'll need to convert Kindle AZW, TPZ, PRC, or MOBI files to PDF or EPUB.

First Things First: Download Kindle Books to Your Computer or eReader

Prior to converting Kindle to PDF, the first step is to download the Kindle titles you've purchased either to your Kindle eReader or your computer using the Kindle desktop app. I've covered this point in detail in the guide "The Ultimate Guide to Download Kindle Books".

Once the Kindle books have been successfully downloaded, you can proceed with the conversion to the PDF format using the steps below.

No. kindle to pdf converter tools free or paid Cons
1 Calibre free need dedrm plugin intalled; KFX-ZIP error occurs.
2 kindle to pdf online, zamzar free Drmed kindle books not supported; Ads everywhere
3 Epubor Ultimate (Editor's pick) Paid (with free trial) paid software

Method 1. Convert Kindle books to PDF with Calibre

Calibre is a super star in eBook software area, you can use it as a free Kindle to PDF converter. It allows you to convert the formats of your books to another one.

Calibre offers you several versions on different operating systems, including Windows, Mac, Linux and portable. We record the video on windows, but you can also convert Kindle to PDF on Mac with the same method. 

Step 1 Download Calibre and select a proper version for your PC. Here we select "Windows". Make sure your Kindle books have been copied or downloaded on your computer.

Step 2 Install and launch Calibre.

Please install Calibre deDRM removal plugin to remove drm from your kindle books at first, otherwise your kindle books cannot be converted successfully.

convert kindle to pdf - drm

Step 3 Click “Add books” button to add your Kindle books, then they will be listed on the center zone of the screen.You can drag and drop your books here as well.

add books into calibre

Step 4 Select the books that you prepare to convert. Also, you can click "Edit metadata" button to customize the cover images, title, authors and other metadata of your eBooks.

edit book metadata calibre

Step 5 Click "Convert books” button. The ebook converting window will pop. Select "PDF" as output format and click "OK". Calibre will start to convert books.

bulk convert with calibre

The status zone at the bottom of the right corner “jobs: 2" will show the progress of conversion.

Step 6 When the status turns to "Jobs: 0", the conversion is completed. Click the status zone to get the details of the conversion on the pop-up window.

conversion details

Step 7 Go back to the main screen. If the books have been converted from Kindle to PDF successfully, the "Formats" will contain both the original one and the converted one.

click to open

Click "Click to open", you will get your PDF books on the pop-up window.

convert kindle to pdf - suc file

Now you have completed converting Kindle books to PDF. The whole Kindle to PDF conversion progress is free and convenient. 

Pros:

  • Free;
  • Easy to use if the books are drm free.
  • Can be used as an eBooks management tool.

Cons: Need to install Calibre DeDRM plugin to remove kindle drm first, and also need to add the kfx-zip file into calibre for the kindle kfx to pdf conversion.

Method 2. Convert Kindle to PDF Online (Free Online Kindle to PDF Converter )

There are some  free kindle to pdf online converter that could help us:

Zamzar Kindle to PDF Converter

Convert.Files

If you are interested(especially for those people who have 2 or 3 books only that need to be processed), pleaese try this way.

Pros:

  • Free, online tools.
  • No need to install third-party software.

Cons:

  • Ads everywhere, because it's a free online site.
  • Should input email address to receive the converted file.
  • Each time to open a site to convert hundreds of books will be a littly messy.
  • Only handle drm-free kindle books.

Method 3. Convert Kindle to PDF Windows and Mac with Epubor Ultimate

In contrast to other methods, I highly recommend using Epubor Ultimate as it is the easiest one and user-friendly. It combines the DRM removal and formats conversion perfectly. The most important is, you will get your Kindle books converted just with a simple click. It's a one-stop solution to convert Kindle (drm) books to PDF.

Step 1. Download and install this ultimate ebook converter.

   

Notice: To use the free trial, no need to input any code, just close the registration window to continue with the trial.

Step 2. Load or import your Kindle books.

Epubor ultimate works with the latest Kindle for PC/Mac (kindle pc v2.0, kindle mac v1.40). Ensure your Kindle books has been downloaded. Click 'Kindle' tab to load your downloaded kindle books, and drag them to right to remove drm.

convert kindle to pdf with epubor ultimate

As the image shows above, books added, kindle drm removed. This step is super easy, right?

If your books are downloaded to Fire tablet, or Kindle for Android, you want to convert kindle app books to PDF quickly, please use Kindle desktop to sync them and download them to your computer. Downloaded files will be saved in local "My Kindle Content" folder, please check where are kindle books stored on PC/Mac.

Step 3. Convert kindle book to PDF

From the "Convert to.." selection please choose PDF as the target format, and then click the button again, the conversion will begin soon.

convert drm free kindle to pdf

Pros:

  • Easier to use than other methods, clean interface.
  • Remove drm from Kindle AZW, KFX, AZW   books fast.
  • And epubor provides 6*24 online customer service.
  • Handle drm-ed and drm-free kindle books.
  • Support all single purchased kindle books even if they are published 2023.
  • Free to update or upgrade. 

Cons: Paid software, but you can use the free trial version first to decide whether to use or not.

epubor kindle to pdf converter

Can I turn a Kindle book into a PDF with AI?

Year comes to 2024, and the AI is the hottest topic now. I'm so surprised at the video that created by Sora after I typed some texts such as "train goes away", especially when I see reflections flying by outside the car window.

We may feel curious about the power of AI which may cause more and more people to lose their daily jobs, at the same time we're more interested in the possibilities of what the coming life will be with the help of AI, right? As for me, I then want to test the CHATGPT to confirm whether it could help me turn my kindle book into a PDF. And I did try, finally.

But, it only shows the result it searched out like what we search on Google, but with better understanding (strong logic). I mean, it shows you how to and explains what you should do and note. I love his answer, but he didn't help resolve my problem.

convert kindle to pdf openai

So, don't waste your time to use an AI tool to help you convert your book. You should use one of above kindle to pdf converter tools to make your issues resolved.

FAQs about converting kindle books to PDF

How to export or extract my books from Kindle?

If your books are downloaded via the Kindle Fire or Kindle e-Ink, you can find them stored under "Document" folder after you plugged in via USB. But if your books are downloaded via Kindle app, I highly recommend you use the Kindle desktop app to sync and re-download them for successfully kindle in pdf conversion.

Details you can read how to remove Kindle DRM on Windows 8. After you succeeded to strip the drm, continue to follow this guide to convert your kindle books formats please.

Convert Kindle AZW6 to PDF

After the conversion finished, when we open the PDF book, we will find that all the pages of some PDF books (which we converted from Kindle) are blank, but just with one cover image. Why?

It's likely that the original Kindle book you got from amazon store is an azw6 book. This format is only used in Amazon Japan.

Until now I haven't found a tool that could help us directly handle azw6 format Kindle books. The unique solution and easiest way is to sync these books via Kindle for PC/Mac and download them again to your computer, so that epubor or calibre could recognize them.

convert kindle azw6 to pdf

Convert Kindle KFX to PDF

kindle bookerly kfx

Since 2017 Amazon started widely using their new format, KFX, into their kindle books, after they upgraded the Kindle desktop version to version 1.19.

This format features at the new enhanced typesetting engine and new Bookerly font. Reading KFX on Kindle devices especailly on KPW3 is really nice and cool, but it's really a pain when we want to read them on non-Kindle devices.

epubor support kfx

To convert kindle kfx books to pdf, Epubor Ultimate makes things much easier. The latest update ensure you to remove kindle drm effectively from kindle books downloaded via the latest kindle for PC/Mac.

Watch the Video tutorial first

Convert Kindle to PDF A5 size

Thoug A4 is the default page size, but you know that there are some readers such as Sony DPT-CP1, will only supports A5 PDF. So, is it possible to change or reduce the PDF page size from A4 to A5? The anwser is Yes.

Launch the Epubor Ultimate and click on "User center" -> "Settings" - > "Output" -> "PDF paper size" and target the a5 as the final settings, please.

change pdf page size from a4 to a5

a5 pdfWaiting for the job finished. When it's completed, you can click to open the new page size PDF books with Calibre built-in viewer. If you think it's good, then try to transfer the A5 page size PDF book to your Sony digital reader please (may also need Digital Paper App to sync the files).

Please note: Not all of the PDF books will be displayed correctly or perfectly on your new device after being changed the size into A5. The PDF output quality is always being the century problems. So here I will recommend you preview the pdf file first before transferring them to your device.

Is it possible to change or increase the text size in PDF?

When I convert kindle books to PDF, the text becomes abnormally small. Is it possible to increase the text size for the pdf file?

If you also meet this issue, I highly recommend you convert the Kindle book to Word (DOCX) format first, and then open the file in a Word and save it again as PDF format.

change text size in pdf

Kindle unlimited to PDF

I rented books from Amazon kindle, could I convert them to PDF format with your tool?

Here I would say that neither Epubor Ultimate nor Calibre is able to help convert rented kindle books (from Amazon Prime or Kindle Unlimited). You can only convert books that you've already paid money for the full book content.

Can I download PDF from Amazon website?

We can download kindle books from Amazon website by using the "download and transfer via USB" service. But generally, the downloaded file types are AZW3 format, not the PDF. In this situation, I will recommend you convert kindle azw3 to PDF with any kindle to pdf converter tools you like.

Is it possible to convert kindle books on android?

No, there is not an android app that supports converting kindle books downloaded via kindle android app. The universal method is to download kindle books to computer and then use a desktop tool to convert your books.

Say more, epubor team released a tool named Epubor Kindle Converter which works on kindle books downloaded via Kindle android app. But it requires you install an Android emulator on your windows or mac computer such as Android Studio. It's the unique available method to convert kindle kcr format books (kindle manga) to pdf on our Mac at current time. If you prefer to convert kindle manga or kindle photo books, don't hesitate to free trial it.

remove kindle drm

When I convert my ebook to pdf, the pages are cut.

I use the epubor tool to successfully convert my Kindle book to pdf. I have a problem: when i convert my ebook to pdf, the pages are cut. Do you have a solution?

Editor's note: In fact, nearly all of the Kindle to PDF converter tools won't 100% convert Kindle photo / picture eBooks to PDF with high quality. But you are so lucky because the Epubor development team is able to help convert the Kindle Photo book to PDF by hand, I mean, without pages cutted. Neither Calibre nor Zamzar online is able to help you resolve this issue. Leave your comment or contact the technical support team if you need any help or issues.

pdf pages are cut

That’s the end of our Kindle AZW/KFX to PDF conversion guide. There are tons of e-book converter tool online, but using a desktop application like Epubor Ultimate makes the conversion process much smoother and unlocks a host of extra capabilities. You will not only get a software license but also some helpful support from the development team.

author

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

21 Comments
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10/10/2012 13:43:54
Excellent instruction, clear and very useful, thanks
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10/23/2012 23:01:56

Hi,
Many thanks!
I'm glad you'got something useful here.

Ada

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12/15/2012 23:45:05
Thank You so much! This helped me convert my kindle books into a format my linux system could read. Thank you =]
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12/18/2012 20:12:04

Hi, Christy

Glad to hear that.
Feel free to tell us if you have any other problem.

Regards.

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12/20/2013 22:33:30
I am so frustrated. I have purchased a DRM remover as well as Calibre in order to convert kindle ereaders to PDF so I can read them on my Sony reader. Trouble is I can't see an actual file - I can only access the ebook on the Kindle cloud reader or on the Kindle App on my Windows 8. But the actual file doesnt appear anywhere in order to import it to Calibre or the DRm remover. HELP!
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12/24/2013 18:34:16
You can read this guide: www.epubor.com/how-to-remove-kindle-drm-on-windows-8.html
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03/23/2016 02:48:17
My situation is same as Annie. I have just tried and succeeded. Thank you guys so much!!!
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09/8/2018 10:29:41
Thanks for this guide sharing, learnt much.
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12/7/2020 08:27:28
Not possible to download azw files anymore.
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12/7/2020 10:56:49
Thank you for your comments. For downloading azw file, you only need to install the older version of kindle for pc or Mac.
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07/21/2021 12:34:12

Hi,

I've succeeded in converting my Kindle book to ePUB and as pdf.
I just don't know how to get it from wherever it is on my MacBookPro into my Kobo.  

I'm thinking it'd be less of a headache to just buy the friggin book (again) via the Kobo eReader Store!!

Thanks for any tips to get these last steps...

Sherry

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01/6/2023 01:49:58

Now due to kindle 1.39 version has come new kindle books will no longer downloaded in kindle 1.32 version as before so we cannot convert in epubor also.

Is there any fix for this.

Thanks

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01/16/2023 10:24:47

We aware of this issue. It seems the amazon kindle has changed something in the new published kindle books. It requires the latest kindle app to download it.

Now we are working on this issue. Once there is a solution, we will let you know. The older kindle books still can be cracked with Epubor Ultimate.

There is still another way to remove drm from this kind of kindle books if you have any kindle eink device registered with your amazon account. Please download the kindle books via "Download and transfer via usb" and then remove kindle drm with Epubor Ultimate. Here is the detailed guide: https://www.epubor.com/how-to-remove-drm-from-kindle-kfx-ebooks.html#meth4

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04/21/2023 18:56:48
Any update on 1.39 Kindle issue. We are still waiting for the solution
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04/23/2023 09:03:04
Thanks for your comment. Please wait with patience, it's not an easy problem, and we're trying our best to work on this issue. Thank you so much!
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01/21/2024 22:49:02
While technically it worked to convert a Kindle book to PDF, it only works with text, all the images were not present, so depending on the book you want as a PDF, this may not help at all. The books I had were heavy on the pictures so this proved to be almost useless.
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01/22/2024 10:43:56
Thank you for using our software. The trial only allows it to convert 20%  content of each book.
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02/16/2024 00:41:52
Good afternoon, please could you tell me, does the full epubor ultimate software convert kindle books to pdf, so the pdf pages exactly replicate the kindle book formatted pages?
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02/18/2024 08:32:51
Yes, the pdf file is formatted as the original kindle ebooks.
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