How to convert kindle books to epub

So, you would like to convert your existing Kindle books to epub. There are a variety of reasons why you would want to do this. 

  • The first and obvious reason is to remove DRM (Digital Rights Management) from the book. 
  • To make it compatible with other epub readers as kindle might not suit your style. 

Regardless, whatever the reason might be.  We will show you in this guide How to convert your Azw3 format kindle books to epub, so you can enjoy them wherever you want.

Step 1 Download the Kindle eBook to your PC/MAC

You need the application on either windows or mac to do this.

For PC

Since most people don’t read on there computers, you most probably need to download the kindle app for pc here: https://www.amazon.com/Amazon-Digital-Services-LLC-Download/dp/B00UB76290.

Once downloaded, follow the onscreen installation and complete the setup. 

Now, assuming you have set it up completely and have logged in, you need to navigate to the kindle you want to convert to epub.

Download it, to your pc and check the downloads folder, a file with the extension of Azw, if you don’t know what an extension is it’s the format of the file at hand that decides which program is going to run it. All kindle ebooks are in MobiPocket format i.e. they end with the extension of Azw.

If you are still having trouble finding the downloaded ebook, just right click and select sort as and from the drop-down menu select type, Once done the Kindle Book will appear separately and will have the Kindle LOGO on it. 

For MAC

First download the kindle app for mac here: https://www.amazon.com/Amazon-Digital-Services-LLC-Download/dp/B00UB769KC

Once downloaded, follow the onscreen installation and complete the setup. 

Now, assuming you have set it up completely and have logged in, you need to navigate to the kindle you want to convert to epub.

Download it to your MAC and Navigate to ~/Library/Application Support/Kindle

A file with the extension of Azw, if you don’t know what an extension is, it’s the format of the file at hand that decides which program is going to run it. All kindle ebooks are in MobiPocket format i.e. they end with the extension of Azw.

Now you have hold of the file either on pc or mac time for step 2

Step 2:

All the ebooks are encrypted and in a format that no app but the Kindle app have license to read. 

So first the decryption needs to happen and for that you are going to need a software known as Calibre.

Download it here https://calibre-ebook.com/download, install it.

Download and decompress the DeDRM archive at https://apprenticealf.wordpress.com

Open calibre preferences and go to plugins.

Select load plugin from and then browse to wherever you decompressed the DeDRM archive and from that folder select K4MobileDeDRM plugin’s zip file, this is a zip file located inside the original zip file don’t extract this. 

This step is the same for pc and MAC even though it might seem different but cailbre is the one that is going to use the zip file, So whether it’s the pc or mac version doesn’t matter. It’s like Image viewers being able to view jpegs, it will work no matter which platform you are on.

This will allow Calibre to remove the encryption. The encryption is fairly basic, it can be undone by just a multiple of your serial number. 

Step 3:

This is the final step and after this your kindle book will be DeDRM, Free from all restrictions and readable on any epub application.

Open calibre and drag the book file, the one with the azw format into its window.

Click the convert books toolbar item.

Choose epub as the output format.

Once done you can copy the file to your mobile or laptop and use any epub app to read it. Enjoy.

Alternate method

This method is far more simpler, as it doesn’t require DeDRM or calibre. Follow STEP 1, Then go to https://www.epubconverter.com/kindle-to-epub-converter

And it pretty much details on the site how the process, this is less safe as the file downloaded could have scripts in them which could potentially harm your computer.

They are running the site for free, I do find it hard to believe that they are just doing this out of the goodness of their hearts. So stick to the original method if you want to be safe. Afterwards, you may wish to gift a Kindle book to a friend!

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