How to Remove DRM From Kindle Books [DRM-free books 2022 ] – Cloudwards

If you’ve bought an ebook from Amazon but want to read it with a device or program that doesn’t support the Amazon Kindle format, you’ll need to remove the ebook DRM before converting it to other ebook formats, as this guide will show you.
DRM — short for “digital rights management” — is found in basically every type of digital media, and e-books are no exception. In this guide we’ll first show you how to download Kindle books directly onto a device. We’ll also show you how to remove DRM from Kindle books once you have the files downloaded so you can read them on any kind of device or app.
Although DRM is intended to stop the illegal distribution (or sharing) of digital content, that’s not the only reason you’d want to remove it. DRM-protected Kindle books can only be opened with a Kindle or one of Amazon’s Kindle apps. If you want to load your purchase into your favorite third-party e-reader or reading software, chances are you’ll need to strip it of DRM first.
No. Almost all Kindle ebook files are DRM-protected.
Kindle DRM essentially stops you from opening or editing a book unless you’re using Amazon’s hardware or software to do so. The aim of this is to make it harder to illegally distribute the ebook files outside of the Amazon store.
The main reason you’d want to remove DRM from your Kindle books — besides piracy — is to use a third-party e-reader or reading software other than Amazon’s Kindle applications.
We’re not lawyers, but as far as we know it’s not illegal to remove DRM from ebooks, or any digital content for that matter. That said, if you then proceed to distribute the DRM-free content, that may be illegal depending on where you live.
The DRM-removal process isn’t super easy, so that’s why we created step-by-step instructions on how to check if your Kindle book has DRM protection, and if it does, how to remove it by using Calibre.
These days, the vast majority of Kindle books sold have DRM protection. To check, look at the full list of product details on the book’s Amazon store page. 
If you see the phrase “simultaneous device usage: unlimited,” the book is not protected and you can proceed to converting it to the desired format. Unfortunately, there’s no other way to determine this, so you’ll have to manually check each book.
The easiest way to remove DRM from a Kindle book is to use an app called Calibre. Calibre is a reading app that by itself serves as an example of why you might want to remove the DRM from your Kindle book. It sports far more features than the Kindle app, but the only feature we’re looking at today is the ability to add extensions to the program. 
That’s because Calibre doesn’t offer free Kindle DRM removal on its own. For that, we’ll need the DeDRM and KFX Input plugins. Calibre is available on Windows, Mac and Linux, but only the first of our two methods will work on Linux devices.
The fastest and easiest way to remove Kindle DRM is by using the DeDRM Calibre plugin and the serial number of a Kindle device. For these instructions, we’ll assume that you’ve already downloaded the Kindle books that you want to perform DRM removal on, so check out our guide on how to read Kindle books on PC.
Use a web browser to go to Calibre’s download page and download the version for your operating system. Run the installation file and follow the instructions.
Next, download DeDRM from the official GitHub page. Extract the zip file wherever you want and then launch Calibre. Click on “preferences” in the top right-hand corner of the window and then on “plugins.” Here, you need to click “load plugin from file” and select the “DeDRM_plugin.zip” file you just extracted.
Unlock your Kindle and navigate to the settings menu by tapping the three dots in the top right-hand corner and selecting “settings.” Tap “device options” and then “device info.” This should bring up a panel displaying your Kindle serial number. Write it down without spaces.
In the same plugin window as the second step, expand the section called “file type” and find the entry in the list for DeDRM. Select it and click on “customize plugin.” Select “eInk Kindle ebooks” and then click the green plus icon. Enter the serial number you found in the previous step and click “OK.”
Exit out of the plugin customization screens and click the button that says “get new plugins.” Search for “KFX Input” in the dialog that appears, select the result and click on “install.”
With everything set up, all you need to do is add the Kindle books that you downloaded from Amazon to your Calibre library. If you configured it correctly, the ebook DRM removal will happen automatically.
If you don’t own a Kindle, you’ll need to use the Windows or Mac Kindle application. Unfortunately, the official version of the application won’t work for our purposes, so we’ll need to find an older version of the application — namely, 1.17 or older.
In order for the Kindle DRM removal process to work, you’ll need an older version of Kindle for PC or Mac. Unfortunately this isn’t available for download directly from Amazon, but you can find legacy installers on various third-party download sites like MediaFire and FileHippo.
Since you have to download the installation file from a third-party source, we recommend that you exercise caution. Make sure to scan the file for viruses using an antivirus program. Once you’ve made sure it’s safe, run the file and follow the installation instructions.
Go to Calibre’s download page and download the Windows or Mac version of the program. Run the installation file and follow the instructions. Once launched, Calibre automatically detects Kindle ebooks on your computer, so you might have to delete any DRM-protected books that were automatically imported.
Head over to the DeDRM download page and download the zip archive. Extract its contents somewhere on your computer. Open Calibre and click on “preferences” in the top-right corner. Select “plugins” in the window that opens, and then “load plugin from file.” Select the “DeDRM_plugin.zip” file in the selection window that appears.
In order for DeDRM to be able to handle the newest Kindle KFX file formats, you’ll need a second plugin called KFX Input. In the same plugin window as before, click “get new plugins” and search for “KFX Input.” Select it and click “install.”
Once you launch the Kindle application, you’ll be prompted to register the device. Enter your Amazon email and password and click “sign in.” Your Kindle ebooks should now appear and you can download the books you want to remove DRM from by right-clicking them and selecting “download” from the context menu.
Next, open the settings panel by selecting “tools” in the top bar and then “options.” Uncheck the box for automatic updates, then navigate to the “content” tab on the left-hand side. Jot down the folder location you see here and navigate to it in File Explorer or Finder. The book will be an AZW file that’s named after its Amazon code.
Finally, all you need to do to complete the Kindle DRM removal process is to import the Kindle ebook into your Calibre library. Either drop the file directly into the library, or click on the “add books” button in the top-left corner if you want to batch process multiple books at the same time.
That’s all for our Kindle DRM removal guide. Although it’s possible to get a DRM-free ePub from Amazon (albeit one that’s been converted to AZW3), it’s becoming increasingly rare. 
Thus, if you want to use anything other than the Kindle desktop app, the Kindle Cloud Reader or an actual Kindle device, you’ll need to remove DRM protection from the file before running it through an ebook converter. Now that you know how to remove DRM from Kindle ebooks, you can check out our guide on how to convert ebooks into other formats for the next step in the process.
What did you think of our guide to free Kindle DRM removal? Did it give you a clear idea of how to remove DRM for Kindle books, or does the process seem too convoluted and cumbersome? Is there another piece of software you like that supports removing DRM from Kindle books? Let us know in the comments below. Thank you for reading. 
It doesn’t work.
Install everything as said above ie everything 32bit and the old versions.
What I then found I needed to do was change the name of the folder that has your kindle books in and create a new one of the original name. Now when you open Kindle PC it will not see any of your books, so you will need to download them into this new folder. Now transfer those new files into Calibre and, for me at least, the DRM was removed.
cannot load DeDRM plugin on Win11 due to a 32bit plugin vs 64 app problem
Nope, doesn’t work, Calibre simply says the book still has DRM, really trying to find a solution that works.
Nope doesn’t work, Calibre says DRM is still on the file, really frustrating still trying to find a solution.
I left a general reply with specifics as to what worked for me.
Basically everything old versions and 32-bit.
Good Luck!!
Worked
Platform: Windows 10
Kindle 1.17 for windows
Calibre 32-bit 4.23 for windows
DeDRM 6.80 from Apprentice Harper
KFX Input from Calibre “Get new plugins”
Mac version of Calibre didn’t work
Calibre for Windows 64-bit didn’t work
It’s all got to be 32-bit – even on a 64-bit machine
Since my Mac doesn’t run 32-bit outside of a VM, I didn’t try it.
Usually works but today tried to convert Dwelly’s Gaelic dictionary and it stalls at 47 percent. This is the first book it would not convert.
Worked for me today with newly purchased Kindle Books from Amazon. I think the key is to get the old version of Kindle Reader for PC. I have it on a Windows 10 x64 machine so 32 bit is not the problem.
worked for me
You have to downgrade to version 4.23. Apparently, DRM plugin doesn’t work on the newest Calibre update. Google older Calibre updates.
Worked for me, downloaded the Book directly from Amazon (the file size was way bigger then the AZW and KFX present on the device itself. Calibre must be 32 bits v4.23.0. DeDRM 6.8.1. The downloaded file is addressed to the Kindle eReader, so it works probably because of this (DeDRM has the Kindle key from its Serial).
Steps:
1) Install Calibre 4.23.0 32 bits.
2) Install DeDRM 6.8.1 and KFX Input.
3) Download AZW file destined for your Kindle directly from Amazon “Devices and Contents”.
4) Add this to Calibre’s library.
5) Enjoy!
Unable to work with Kindle Unlimited (or so it would seem) no matter the versions etc. Fully functional otherwise
I can’t get the kfx-zip to convert/install to my devise. The product says “simultaneous use: unlimited” and will NOT remove the DRM. It worked an a bunch of other books that did not show “simultaneous use” but this one is stuck. I have the 1.17 Kindle for PC and added all the plug-ins and restarted all programs.
I unchecked the boxes in “options” on the Kindle for PC program. Restarted it. Re-downloaded the file. Opened Calibre, clicked Add Book, opened the correct file. Everything looks right on Calibre (cover, title, author), but it refuses to delete the DRM or move it to the KOBO devise.
Doesn’t work in Ubuntu 22.04 Linux. Calibre version is 5.37.
Installs properly, but Calibre says DRM still present when trying to convert to pdf, etc.
Ah, I am getting this error (using calibre debug mode): Running file type plugin DeDRM failed with traceback:
Traceback (most recent call last):
File “calibre_plugins.dedrm.kfxdedrm”, line 18, in
from ion import DrmIon, DrmIonVoucher
File “/tmp/calibre_5.37.0_tmp_pulemudx/xwhs3sptplugin_unzip/ion.py”, line 33, in
from Crypto.Cipher import AES
ModuleNotFoundError: No module named ‘Crypto’
I see calibre is using
Python 3.10.4
python3-pycryptodome
is installed, but I cannot figure out how to install pycrypto on python3
Got it: pip install pycrypto
After 2 hours I got it to work for me too.
I used the current version of Calibre, installed the Apprentice Alf plugin and added KFX input plugin. For the Alf plugin I customized it and chose the first option for kindle readers and put in my kindle serial number. I downloaded the file from my orders section of amazon and it converted just fine. This was after trying multiple ways including using old version of software on my MacBook.
This worked for me as well, followed everything to the letter of your comment, including messing around for 2 hours prior.
Thank you guys, first method worked pretty fine for me. I have both devices, Kindle and Sony and I can now read my hole library from those two dev.
worked for me importing into Calibre the azw book file downloaded with Kindle
using the following versions:
Kindle (v1.12)
Calibre (v3.48)
plugin deDRM 6.8.0 by Apprentice Alf
plugin Gather KFX-ZIP (from KFX input) 1.48.0 by jhowell
macOS 10.12.6 Sierra
thanksss
Worked!!!!!
It worked but I have a Kindle device.
Platform: Windows 10
Calibre: calibre-portable-installer-5.44.0
Steps to Install:
Download & Install the DeDRM Plugin DeDRM 7.2.1 from official GitHub
https://github.com/apprenticeharper/DeDRM_tools/releases/tag/v7.2.1
Configure the DeDRM Plugin with the Real Serial Number of your Kindle device
Add the KFX Input Plugin
Steps to Download book:
Download the ebooks from the amazon web portal.
– Manage content and devices
– Select from your own ebooks
– Download and Transfer via USB
– The books will be downloaded in AZW3 format.
– Add AZW3 books to CALIBRE
– Convert to other formats.
*** With the S/N of the Kindle device the DeDRM is broken.
Thanks! This was a huge help. After going down unsuccessful rabbit holes, this worked like a charm.
THANK YOU! your process worked great, very clear and no problems
It work perfectly thank you !
Doesnt seem to work anymore at least on amazon.co.jp, as I am no longer able to login to the old pc version (v. 1.17.44183). The login only succeeds after updating to the newest version.
I am setting up preferances to add my Kindle serial number and Calibre shuts down when I try to customize the “file” plugin. Using Mac OS Monterey and downloaded Calibre 6.2.1. A
Got it to work with a previous version of calibre. NOW, imported books still have DRM lock. Any help?
Calibre crashed over and over again when trying to ‘customize plug-in’ for DeDrm. Even uninstalled and reinstalled, etc. Using Mac – Big Sur.



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