10 Best Kindle DRM Removal (2020 Test)

Tips and Tricks  •   July 25, 2020

You bought Kindle books. You want to watch it on your iPad, Android tablet, or basically you just want to copy or print some part of that book. Why won’t it work?

Almost all kindle books are locked down with DRM scheme. In this situation, we badly need kindle DRM removal to help us remove the DRM or can help us convert kindle book to DRM free PDF or Epub.

As ebook lover, we are constantly finding workable apps that can help with remove DRM from Kindle books, especially the ones that can remove KFX DRM. Here, we have select these Kindle Drm Removal tools as we found them stand out from the crowd in 2020. hope this can save your time and help you make right decisions.

Wondering what you risk by removing DRM from Kindle books? We’ve got an explanation of that at the bottom of the page.

Solutions Suitable for Ease of use Time needed KFX Support Convert function Success rate
Calibre Windows, Mac, Linux Complex Long Yes Yes High
Epubor Ultimate Windows, Mac Simple Short Yes Yes High
Epubor KCR Converter Windows, Mac Simple Short Yes Yes High
Any eBook Converter Windows Simple Long Yes Yes High
Epubsoft Kindle DRM Removal Windows, Mac Simple Short No Yes Low
Kindle AZW DRM Removal Windows, Mac Simple Short No Yes Medium
EPUB Converter Kindle DRM removal Windows, Mac Complex Long No Yes Low
eBook Kindle DRM Removal Windows Complex Long No Yes Medium
ePUBee Kindle DRM Removal Windows Complex Short No Yes Medium
Online Kindle DRM Removal Windows, Mac, Linux Simple Long No No Low

What format Amazon use in protect their ebooks – Kindle ebook format Wiki

Amazon use a variety of ebook formats and below are the 4 most common Kindle ebook file formats:

.mobi: Mobipocket is one of the oldest ebook formats. all Kindle devices can read mobi.
.azw: Kindle book that downloaded via Kindle desktop or desktop website.
.kfx: Amazon’s latest format for Kindle ebooks. most of the kindle books you download are encrypted with Kindle KFX DRM. No matter the books downloaded via Kindle for PC/Mac or Kindle e-ink device.
.kcr: Also, a new format, books that downloaded using Kindle Cloud Reader will be in this format.

from the above format we can see that the best kindle DRM removal must support removing drm from all these format, especially the newest kindle KFX file.

Why we need Kindle DRM removal? Here are a few reasons:

1. You want to read Kindle books on non-Kindle devices or apps like iPad, Nook, Kobo, etc.

2. You need Backup. You need a way to protect your purchases, so that even if the author remove it or amazon abandoned the book you still have access to the book.

3. You need to share it with family members.

4. You want to use something from the book. You want to copy or print some parts of the book.

5. You want to play the book on e-reading device with speed reading capability.

6. You want to switched devices. with DRM on, if you switch from kindle to a Nook, all of a sudden, you have no books.

Calibre – Totally Free Kindle DRM Removal

Available on: Windows, Mac, Linux
Calibre, this expert open-source and cross-platform ebook drm removal and converter, takes a top place on the best free Kindle free Kindle DRM removal chart through years of development.

In April 2018, DeDRM 6.6.0 plugin was eventually released with a major upgrade supports removing drm from Amazon’s newer .kfx file format.

*Pros*
Totally free to use.
Can remove DRM from Almost all kindle ebook, except the KCR drm.
Supports Converting Kindle book to other formats like ePub, Mobi, PDF, AZW3, TXT, etc.
Fast Converting Speed.
Good output quality.
Excellent ebook library management function.
It gets updates on a regular basis from eBook volunteers.

*Cons*
Have to install plugins for removing DRM and supporting different file format. which will be hard to get started.
Have to load book manually.
As a freeware, there is no support available.

*Follow these easy steps to remove DRM from Kindle ebooks:*
This is the simple guide how using calibre, you can go there for the full step by step guide on how to use Calibre DRM Removal.

1. Install calibre and add the DeDRM plugin and Kindle KFX plugin.
2. load your kindle books to calibre and calibre will start removing the DRM.
3. click convert books and choose a target output format. then click ok.

#2. Epubor Ultimate

Available on: Windows, Mac
Epubor Ultimate is a professional ebook DRM removal tool developed by Epubor. With successful experience in the field of ebook DRM removing, Epubor Ultimate is the first app on the market that supports removing DRM from KFX files. This app is the easiest to use and give very good output quality.

*Pro*
Easy to use, 2 step to finish the DRM removing.
automatically detects kindle ebooks, so you don’t need to add kindle files manually.
Supports removing almost all ebook DRM.
Remove DRM from Kindle without inputting Kindle Serial Number.
Supports converting eBooks formats between Mobi, epub, pdf, etc.
Can batch process multiple books
Also remove adobe DRM, Kobo DRM, Nook DRM, etc.
Available for Windows and macOS
Continuously updating to catch up with the latest DRM scheme.
Get support for issues quickly.

*Con*
It’s a shareware which costs $24.99. comes with a trial version which convert 20% of the content.

*How to Remove DRM from kindle books with Epubor Ultimate*
Get Windows version (Windows XP/Vista/7/8/10)
Get Mac version (Mac OS X 10.6 and later)

1. Download and run Epubor Ultimate.
2. Click on “Kindle” tab in the left column and drag the Kindle books from the left to the right column, the DRM will be stripped automatically.
3. Click the convert button and select an output format then click on “Convert to …”.

#3. Epubor KCR Converter — The Kindle DRM Removal for macOS Catalina

Available on: Windows, Mac
Epubor KCR Converter which also developed by epubor. is now the only effective Kindle DRM Removal tool for macOS 10.15 Catalina.

This app is very easy to use and workable for users who don’t own a Kindle e-reader or don’t have the Kindle app installed.

*Pro.*
Easy to use.
Only effective method for removing drm on macOS 10.15 Catalina.
Users don’t have to downgrading their kindle app to remove the DRM.
Supports converting Kindle books to DRM free Mobi, PDF, EPUB, AZW3.
Supports .kcr kindle books.
works on Windows and Mac
don’t need to download Kindle for PC/Mac

*Cons.*
Need to Use Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge
It’s a shareware which costs $14.99.

*How to Remove DRM from kindle books with KCR Converter*
Step 1. Open Amazon Kindle Cloud Reader website on Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge, login with your account.
Step 2. Open your Kindle book, and download the book.
Step 3. Start KCR Converter. it will automatically loas all your downloaded books.
Step 4. Check the check box at the left side of the book(s), choose an output format and click “Convert to …” to start the conversion.

#4. Any eBook Converter

Available on: Windows

Any eBook Converter allows remove DRM from Kindle, Adobe, Nook, and Kobo. It is praiseworthy that this software supports bulk removal. All in all, it is easy to use with a nice interface,

*Pros.*
Can remove DRM from Kindle, Adobe, Kobo & Nook eBooks
Convert kindle ebooks to DRM-free EPUB, PDF, MOBI, AZW, KFX, PRC, HTMLZ, or TXT format.
Supports batch conversion.
Support the latest version of Windows 10.

*Cons*
It’s a shareware which costs $29.95.

*Step by Step guide*
Step 1. Click “Add eBook” on the top left and upload the Kindle books to the program.
Step 2. Click “V” on the bottom and choose a suitable output format.
Step 3. Clicking the pencil like icon on the right of the book list, to edit the meta data, including title, author, etc.
Step 4. Click “Convert to …” button on the center to start the converting process.

#5. Epubsoft Kindle DRM Removal

Available on: Windows, Mac
Next on our list is Epubsoft Kindle DRM Removal, it support remove kindle DRM from azw,prc,mobi kindle files, and in our test it works very good at removing DRM from azw books, in it’s description, it saids it supports removing DRM from KFX files, but in our test it failed to remove DRM from some KFX books.

*Pro*
Simple interface, east to use.
remove drm protection from kindle (azw,prc,mobi)
Good output quality.

*Cons*
Can’t remove DRM from some KFX files.
It’s a shareware which costs $29.99.

*How to Remove DRM from kindle books with Epubsoft Kindle DRM Removal*
1. Download and install Epubsoft Kindle DRM Removal. Click “Search eBooks” to load kindle ebooks.
2. Click “Convert”, it will start removing drm from kindle books and create a new DRM free kindle books.
3. Click “Open” to get the DRM free kindle books.

#6 Kindle AZW DRM Removal

Available on: Windows, Mac

Kindle AZW DRM Removal is a free kindle DRM removal application(though less polished). like it’s name indicates, It smoothly remove DRM from Kindle AZW files. Besides kindle, It also works with Adobe DRM, Nook DRM. Users can use it to convert files to EPUB, PDF, AZW, AZW3, MOBI, and PRC format.

*Pro.*
Free app
Remove DRM from Kindle AZW, Mobi, and Adobe, Nook.
Convert ebooks to EPUB, PDF, AZW, AZW3, MOBI, and PRC.

*Cons.*
Old style interface
Don’t support Kindle KFX DRM
Slow at files conversion

*Step by Step guide*
Step1: Click “Add Files” to load your kindle books, you can also drag and drop files to the main interface. You can add multiple files one time.
Step2: Click the “Start” button to begin the DRM removing. When it finished, the DRM-free version of the ebook is automatically saved on your computer.

#7. EPUB Converter Kindle DRM removal

Available on: Windows, Mac

Next, we have the Kindle DRM removal from EPUB Converter, another popular option for removing DRM from Kindle AZW files. it supports batch converting and the quality of the converted file is very good.

*Pros.*
Remove DRM from Kindle AZW books.
Process files in batch.
Simple interface, easy to use.

*Cons.*
limit output format support
Don’t support Kindle KFX DRM removal.
It’s a shareware which costs $29.99.

*Step by Step Guide*
Step 1: Click Add books to add your kindle AZW files.
Step 2: In the Output Options choose an output format like EPUB, AZW, Mobi, PDF, etc.
Step 3: Click Convert Now to start the conversion.

#8. eBook Kindle DRM Removal

Available on: Windows
eBook Kindle DRM Removal is meant to assist in removing AZW DRM from Kindle books, and supports covnerting files to PDF, ePUB, Word, Text, and Html formats. The app is friendly to use and support some of the KFX DRM.

*Pros*
Remove AZW and some KFX Drm fron Kindle books.
Convert ebook to PDF, ePub, Word, Text, and Html formats.
No quality lose, the same quality as source ebook.
Create a .azw ebook without DRM.

*Cons*
Failed to remove DRM from some kindle ebooks.
old-style interface.
It’s a shareware which costs $15.

*Step by Step Guide*
Step1: Click kindle to let this app automatically find kindle files on your PC. Or you can directly drag and Drop to add the kindle ebooks.
Step 2: In the Output Format choose a suitable format.
Step 3: Click Convert to start the converting process.

#9. ePUBee Kindle DRM Removal

Available on: Windows

ePUBee is a name synonymous with high quality free ebook software, and ePUBee Kindle DRM Removal doesn’t let the side down. Though it have an old style interface, it is very simple to use and can help remove AZW / PRC DRM from Kindle ebooks.

*Pros.*
Straight-forward interface.
output the files in different format like PDF, EPUB, MOBI, etc.
Free software

*Cons.*
Failed to remove DRM from new kindle books

*Step by Step Guide* 
1. Drag and drop or click the ‘Add’ button to add files into ePUBee Kindle DRM Removal.
2. Choose an output format and click ‘Convert’ button.

#10. Online Kindle DRM Removal

Available on: MacOS, Windows, Linux, Android and iPhone devices.

Last on our list, but by no means least effective, is the online Kindle DRM Removal by Epubor, in our test it is the only online site that can remove DRM from Kindle Ebooks, Though it can’t remove KFX DRM.

*Pros:*
Online method, don’t need to download any software
Compatible with all browsers.
Totally Free

*Cons:*
Have a size limit(0 – 10 MB)
Batch processing are not supported.
Slow on DRM removing
Can’t remove KFX DRM
Need to enter Kindle Serial Number.

*Step by Step Guide*
Step1: Open http://onlineconverter.epubor.com/kindle-drm-removal.htm on your browser and
enter your Kindle Serial Number.
Step 2: Click “Browse File(s)” to upload your Kindle books.
Step 3: Waiting for the online site to removing the DRM and when it finished, it will show you a state of “Download”, just click it to download the DRM-free Kindle books.

Last but not least, is it illegal to remove DRM from Kindle books?

Technically, it’s illegal to remove DRM from Kindle books. And, now there are many discussions about this but practically speaking, if you are only removing DRM from the book for the purpose of back up and only use it for personal use you should have no worry. So as long as you don’t use the ebook for commercial purposes, you are in the safe zone.

Some few words at last

So, which Kindle DRM removal is your best bet? Depending on your needs.

If you are looking for something totally free and offers good quality, and you are willing to go some complex steps, just go with Caibre, it have all the function you may need.

If you need something easy to use and can handle the latest DRM, especially if you want get some support when you met problems. We recommend going for Epubor Ultimate or KCR Converter. They are both paid software. But they do offer a free trial.

Nevertheless, every Kindle DRM removal here indeed packs some additional features which sometimes would come in handy. If you have any issue with all the mentioned kindle DRM removal software, or you have found a cheaper and more reliable method for removing kindle DRM, please feel free comment below.