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How to Remove DRM from Kindle Books

Are you an avid reader who loves to get into the world of books? If so, you've likely encountered the frustration of DRM (Digital Rights Management) restrictions on your Kindle books. DRM locks your purchased books to Kindle devices or apps, preventing you from accessing them on other platforms. But fear not, here we'll explore tried-and-true methods to liberate your Kindle books from DRM, allowing you to read them on any device of your choice. So, let's get on the journey to remove DRM from Kindle books and unlock the full potential of your digital library.

Remove DRM from Kindle Books

Understanding DRM and Its Impact

Before getting into the methods of removing DRM, it's essential to understand what DRM is and why it's imposed on Kindle books. DRM is a technology used by content providers to control the distribution and use of digital content, such as eBooks, music, and videos. While it intends to prevent piracy and protect copyright, DRM often restricts legitimate consumers' rights to access the content they've purchased.

For Kindle users, DRM means that their eBook purchases are tied to Amazon's ecosystem, limiting their ability to read those books on non-Kindle devices or apps. This restriction can be frustrating for readers who prefer alternative e-readers or platforms.

Method 1: Remove DRM from Kindle Books with Calibre Plugin

Calibre, a versatile ebook management tool, offers a solution to remove DRM from Kindle books effectively. Here's how you can use the Calibre plugin to liberate your Kindle library:

  • Step 1: Install Calibre

    Start by downloading and installing Calibre on your computer. Ensure you have the latest version to access the most up-to-date features.

    Download the latest version of calibre
  • Step 2: Install DeDRM Plugin

    Launch Calibre, and click "Preferences" from the top menu bar, find Change calibre's behaviour > Plugins in the new prompt window. Then click Load plugin from file.

    Install Calibre DeDRM Plugins

    Select the "DeDRM_plugin.zip" file you placed in step 1 and click "Open".

    select dedrm plugin to install

    Once the plugin installation is successful, Calibre will automatically include the plugin in its "File type plugins" list within the Preferences window. Kindly restart Calibre to activate the changes.

    install calibre drm remover plugin successfully
  • Step 3: Import DRMed Books to Calibre

    Once the plugin is installed, import your DRM-protected Kindle books into Calibre. The plugin will automatically strip away the DRM, allowing you to access your books freely.

    add books to remove drm

Method 2: Remove DRM from Kindle Books with Python Scripts

For those comfortable with coding and seeking a more hands-on approach, Python scripts offer another avenue to remove DRM from Kindle books. Here's a brief overview of the process:

  • Step 1: Install Python

    Ensure Python is installed on your computer before proceeding. Python serves as the foundation for many DRM removal scripts.

  • Step 2: Install Pycrypto

    Download and install Pycrypto, a fundamental DRM module used by DRM removal tools.

  • Step 3: Run KindleBooks.pyw

    Execute the KindleBooks.pyw script and input the necessary information, such as input and output files, as well as Kindle information. This script will handle the DRM removal process for you.

    Run Kindle Books

Pro-tips: Remove DRM From Audible Books

Unlock the full potential of your Audible audiobook library by converting AA/AAX files to DRM-free MP3 or M4B formats with HitPaw Video Converter. It has a feature "Audible Converter" that can remove DRM from audible books and convert audible to MP3 or M4P for chapters.

Key Features

  • Remove DRM from Audible books
  • Split Audible books by chapters after conversion
  • Listen to Audible books on any devices
  • Preserve ID3 tags after conversion

How to Convert Audible AA/AAX to MP3

This detailed tutorial provides step-by-step instructions for seamless conversion on both the Windows and Mac platforms.

  • Step 1:Launch HitPaw Video Converter and navigate to the Toolbox section to access the Audible Converter feature.

    hitpaw audible converter
  • Step 2:Click on the "Add Files" to import AA/AAX files for conversion.

    add audible books to convert
  • Step 3:HitPaw Video Converter supports two primary output formats for Audible conversion: MP3 and M4B. Select a desired format to convert.

    convert audible to mp3
  • Step 4:Once you've selected your desired output format, initiate the conversion process by clicking the Convert All button.

    removing drm from audible books
  • Step 5:Upon completion of the conversion process, navigate to the "Converted" tab within HitPaw Video Converter to access your newly converted files. From here, you can preview, play, and transfer the files to your preferred device for uninterrupted listening pleasure.

    access to the converted mp3 audiobook

The Bottom Line

In this post, we introduce 2 ways to remove DRM from kindle books: using Calibre plugin or Python Scripts. You can read books on other devices freely after the DRM removal. We also introduce an Audible Converter that you may be interested in converting Audible books to listen to without protection.

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