How to Convert AZW to PDF

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If you love reading ebooks you must be familiar with .azw file. AZW file is one of the Kindle eBook formats, which can be opened and viewed with Kindle eBook reader devices or Kindle reading apps. As an Amazon-owned format, azw is not so compatible as the industry standard ebook format ePub and PDF. So here comes the demand to convert kindle azw to epub and pdf.

You can have a look at this article Best AZW Converter to Convert Kindle AZW to EPUB/PDF for Free if you want to get Kindle books converted in epub/pdf format for free.

First: Get AZW eBooks via Kindle for PC/Mac

After you purchase the book from Kindle store, sync the book via Kindle for PC and download it to your computer. To find the downloaded Kindle books on your computer, you can click Tools icon in the menu bar of Kindle for PC and click Options in the drop-down window.

kindle tools

Then choose Content in the pop up window. There you will get the default path of your download Kindle book in your computer.

kindle content folder

Method 1. Convert AZW to PDF with Epubor Ultimate

In common we can't simply copy and paste azw files to computer, and we couldn't transfer them directly to android, kobo, sony eReader, etc. The reason is not only the format problem but also the DRM restriction. So in this part we are going to introduce 3 brilliant converter tools for your reference.

Epubor Ultimate, the best eBook DRM Removal plus eBook Converter, makes it simple to convert a bunch of books to EPUB, PDF or Mobi, and the converted books are displayed exactly the way they are. Most important, Epubor ultimate can detect your downloaded AZW books automatically. Simply drag and drop books from the left sidebar library, choose an output format if needed, and click the Convert to PDF button. Then, all the books will be converted to the format you need. The smart and exclusive converter definitely helps you read more unfettered. You can follow the below steps to convert AZW to PDF with Epubor Ultimate.

1. Download Epubor Ultimate to your computer. And all of your AZW books will be displayed on the left sidebar after you open the Epubor software.

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2. Drag and drop the AZW books to the right main window, voila, all of your books will be decrypted immediately.

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3. Choose Convert to PDF in the bottom of the interface, click Convert to PDF button.

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Even if your AZW books has DRM protection, they will be decrypted immediately after dragging and dropping them to the right main window. Epubor Ultimate is really a top-notch in this business when it comes to decrypt DRM-ed ebook as well as convert the book format.

Pros: Ease to use; Works well on new AZW DRM; 6*24 Customer service
Cons: Paid software; Free trial version has limits.

Method 2. Convert AZW to PDF with Calibre

Calibre is a powerful and easy to use e-book manager as well as a brilliant free ebook reader. It's an excellent file support. You just add any DRM free books to Calibre, then choose the output format to convert the book.

Notice: Calibre can't open DRM free KFX files yet.

1. Download Calibre to your computer and launch it.

2. Download De-DRM plugin and upload it to Calibre.

Open the zip file after downloading the De-DRM plugin, drag and drop the DeDRM_calibre_plugin file to the desktop.

Notice: we strongly suggest you to read the ReadMe_first file before any further operation.

dedrm plugin

3. Click Preferences on Calibre's tool bar, then click Plugins in the pop up window.

calibre preferences

4. Click Load plugin from file.

load dedrm plugin

5. Double click the DeDRM_calibre_plugin file among the desktop file.

6. Choose the DeDRM_plugin.zip, then click Open.

click open

7. Click Yes and OK.

click yes1 click ok

Then the DeDRM_plugin will be displayed under File type plugins.

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For now, you have conquered the most difficult part. Next you only need to add your AZW file to Caliber, the book will be decrypted during the Adding books process. Be aware that the DRM-ed azw book can't be added to Calibre if the above DeDRM_calibre-plugin hasn't successfully load to Calibre plugin file.

8. After adding the azw book to Calibre, click Convert books in the tool bar.

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9. Then choose PDF as the output format and click OK. You'll get the PDF file no more than one minute.

output format

10. Click the book title and you can open the PDF file by clicking PDF format.

converted pdf

Don't you think that convert DRM-ed AZW to PDF with Calibre is way complicated than Epubor Ultimate software. One biggest inconvenience of Calibre is that it can't open DRM-protected books directly. You need to download De-DRM plugins and upload it to Calibre in order to remove DRM from protected books. And even worse, Calibre can't handle KFX DRM now. However, now many Kindle books adopt the newest KFX format.

Pros: Free software; Famous tool.
Cons: No customer support; Should install plugins; Not so easy to use; Can't deal with Kindle AZW 1.25.

Method 3. Convert AZW to PDF with Online Converter

Thought online converter is super convenient without installing any software to your computer, let alone to download time-consuming De-DRM plugins, the most disadvantage of online converter is that it can't deal with DRM-ed file. So if you want to use online converter to convert AZW to PDF, please make sure they are DRM free.

As far as I am concerned, I think Epubor Online eBook Converter is the most powerful tool to convert DRM free AZW file to PDF on the internet. It's super fast without quality losing.

First, go to Epubor Online eBook Converter and choose PDF as the output format.

convert azw to pdf online

Second, click Browse File to add the AZW file.

You will get the converted PDF file immediately. Just click Download to download the PDF file to your computer.   

Pros: Free.
Cons: Can't convet DRM azw to PDF.

The bottom line: Which method works the best?

As what I've wrote above, each method has its own limits. Whichever will be good enough to resolve your problem.

But here what I want to stress is that, due to a change in DRM technology, all the books that downloaded via Kindle for PC/Mac version 1.25 or newer will be out of hand. Good news is that, though Calibre and those online converters can't help deal with new AZW, but Epubor Ultimate can if downgrading Kindle desktop app to older version (and stop updating).

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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.

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