As we know, Kindle books we buy from Amazon are always protected by DRM. So we can’t read those Kindle books on a Non-Kindle eReader or Kindle app. What’s worse, we can’t even share Kindle books with our families and friends. Though we have paid for our Kindle books, it seems that we don’t truly own them. It’s really a pain for eBook lovers, right? But how can we solve this problem? In fact, the best way is to remove DRM from Kindle books. In this article, I will show you a free Kindle DRM Removal–Calibre Plugin, which can help us remove Kindle DRM with ease.
Step 1. Install Calibre and DeDRM plugin
Before removing Kindle DRM with Calibre plugin, you need to install both Calibre and the DRM Removal Plugins successfully. If you have already done it, just skip this step.
The DeDRM_tools.zip you download from Github should be unzipped. After you unzip it, you will get a file DeDRM_plugin.zip which is exactly the file you should install to Calibre. Remember to install the DeDRM_plugin.zip instead of the DeDRM_tools.zip.
Then run Calibre, click “Preference” >> “Plugins” >> “Load flugin from file” >> add the DeDRM_plugin.zip file to Calibre. Follow the procedure and you’ll find the DeDRM plugin has been added under the “File Type” option.
You can watch the following video if you don’t know how to install the DeDRM plugin to Calibre.
After installing them successfully, it’s time to remove Kindle DRM.
Step 2. remove Kindle DRM With Calibre DeDRM Plugin
First, make sure you have downloaded your Kindle books to your computer. If not, there are 3 ways you can download them:
(1) From Kindle for PC/Mac desktop app;
(2) From Amazon official website.
(3) From Kindle e-ink device.
When the Kindle books are prepared, run Calibre, click “Add books” to upload your Kindle books (the .azw format file) to Calibre or just drag them to it.
2Remove DRM from Kindle books.
If your books are downloaded from Kindle desktop app, Amazon site or Kindle device, the DRM will be automatically removed when you upload books.
FAQ: Failed to remove Kindle DRM with Calibre
I cannot remove DRM from the Kindle books downloaded from Kindle for PC/Mac or from my Kindle device. Why?
Earlier in 2019, the Kindle has released a new Kindle KFX DRM. Your Kindle eBooks will be encrypted with this new Kindle KFX DRM if you download Kindle eBooks via Kindle for PC/MAC version 1.25 or higher, or Kindle device with firmware higher than 5.10.2.
Now Calibre can not directly handle this new DRM scheme if the Kindle books are downloaded from v1.25/v1.26 Kindle desktop app and higher version.Therefore, the current solution is to downgrade your Kindle to older version, disable KFX support in the latest version Kindle deskotp, or download from Amazon site with Download & Transfer vis USB. The following are 2 solutions that are 100% working.
Solution 1 Downgrade Kindle for PC/Mac to Older Version
Solution 2 Disable KFX Support in Kindle for PC/Mac.
Solution 3 Download & Transfer via USB on Amazon.
The above method with DeDRM plugin is a little bit difficult, right? Don’t worry, I will share with you a simpler tool-Epubor Ultimate which is the best eBook DRM Removal and eBook Converter.For more details, please follow this complete guide:
Download Epubor Ultimate for Free
1. No need to install DRM Removal plugin.
2. Easier to use than Calibre with a much simpler interface.
3. Automatically detect your books and load them to the software. No need to manually add them by yourself.
As the image shows, Epubor Ultimate can automatically recognize all your existing books and display them all at the left column under the Kindle tab. Just drag them from the left to the right blank zone, then the Kindle DRM will be removed soon and fast. A far more easier way than Calibre DRM Removal plugins. Right? Just download it to give it a try!