How to back up your Kindle books to computer

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Amazon has got a pretty thorough ecosystem for Kindle, especially in eBook buying, managing, publishing and reading. So why should we back up Kindle books?

Believe it or not, your Kindle books are not really owned by you, Amazon would permanently delete your books from your Kindle library without saying a word. For example, your account got hacked , and Amazon decided to unilaterally close it, and you would lost all your purchased books.

So my advice is that do not trust any of the ebook sellers. Always remember, when you buy an ebook, you don't really own the eBook, you just have the rights to read it, even though it make no sense.

Fortunately, there are two ways allows you to back up your purchased Kindle books in a place away from the Amazon Kindle, and truely own them. One is from Kindle for PC or Mac App, another is from your Kindle eReaders, such as Kindle Paperwhite, Kindle Voyage.

The Restriction to Backup Your Kindle Books

The only restriction to backup your Kindle Books is Digital Rights Management (DRM), Why should we remove the DRM to back up the books? Can we just copy the downloaded .azw files into a new folder directly?

No, we can't. In fact, if Amazon wipes a book from your Kindle library, you are not allowed to read it even you have the .azw file, because Amazon tells the content server that you are not the owner of the book any more. And the connection between you and content server is the DRM. That's why you need to remove DRM to back up Kindle books.

This tool helps you remove Kindle DRM and back up eBooks: Kindle DRM Removal. Click the buttons below to download it for free. We will use it later.

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Backup Kindle eBooks from Kindle for PC/MAC App

First visit Amazon official website and download Kindle for PC/MAC app, register the Kindle for PC/Mac with your Amazon account, then all your purchased items will show up in the main screen.

kindle for pc archive screen

As you see in the image, I've purchased 29 books on Amazon, but all of them are on my Kindle Cloud, which are not safe. Now double-click on the book cover to download the books you want to back up to your local drive.

To make an example, I download 3 of them to my computer for a safe back up.

download books from kindle cloud

Now running the Kindle DRM Removal, it will automatically scan your Kindle content folder, all you need to do is drag and drop all the DRM books to the main interface.

successfully remove Kindle DRM

After the tool removing DRM from all your downloaded Kindle books, you will see the picture below.

Now the books are really belong to you, if some decrypted books are not .mobi format, you can convert them to PDF or ePub with free Calibre.

Back up your Kindle books with this tool, free trial for 30 days!


Backup Kindle Books from Kindle eReader

If you don't use the Kindle for PC or MAC app and still want to backup your Kindle books, you can just connect your Kindle eReader to computer. Believe me, doing this won't take you more than five minutes.

First, connect your Kindle eReader to the computer via USB cable.

Second, run Kindle DRM Removal, it will automatically detect your device, and all your Kindle books will display in the left column. Just simply drag them to the main window, then the DRM protection will be removed.


Third, after finished to remove DRM from all your Kindle books, you can right click the decrypted book and click "explore decrypted file. Then you can copy them to a new place on computer . You can even backup these books to Dropbox or mobile hard drive for safety.

Next time, if you accidentally delete books off your Kindle, or Amazon erase your Books from your account, you can always find all your purchased Kindle books from backup folder.

Free Download Kindle DRM Removal




A easier way to Back up your Kindle books -- Kindle Transfer, free trial for 30 days!

back up kindle to computer with kindle transfer

It helps you safely back up Kindle books to computer. And batch transferring is also supported well.

It is very easy to use, just connect your eReader to computer, choose target device - computer to transfer all your Kindle books, and click "Transfer" button.

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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.

10/8/2017 04:45:31
Thanks so much. I was looking for a way to backup my purchased books from amazon. I've got over $300 in books and they are reference books.
01/14/2018 17:27:35
Once you save like this, can you send the file to others to read?
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