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How to Read AZW3 Books on PC and Mac
Posted by Ada Wang on 11/27/2015 8:24:20 PM.

Most of eBook lovers are not strange to AZW3 format. It's essentially Amazon KF8, which supports features like
HTML5 and CSS3 support, and often includes DRM protection. Compared to Amazon other formats, such as Mobi and
AZW, it's more advanced, because it supports more font, layout and styles. Currently, books purchased from Amazon
are most already AZW3 format, while the previous mainstream mobi format is less and less, it is gradually replacing
Mobi and becoming mainstream Kindle format.
But the fact that AZW3 files are only associated with Amazon Kindle devices and eBook reading applications. So if we
don't have a Kindle device, how can we open and read AZW3 files? How to read AZW3 books on PC and Mac? Don't
worry, here I will tell you 2 useful reading apps to solve your doubts.

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1. Read AZW3 files with Kindle for PC/Mac
Kindle for PC/Mac is Amazon official reading app. It's obvious that we can open and read AZW3 files on PC and Mac
with it.
If you have not installed Kindle for PC/Mac (https://www.amazon.com/gp/digital/fiona/kcp-landing-page ) on your
computer, please download it from Amazon official website and install it. Just enter your email or phone number and
click "Send link" button, Amazon will send you Kindle app download link soon, you can check your email and hit the
link to download it.

Here I will take Kindle for PC as example. Kindle for Mac is almost the same to it.
After installing Kindle for PC successfully, please launch it and log in with your own Amazon account. Then all your
purchased files will show up in the main window of the application. Just double-click the cover of these books to
download them to your computer. When the download process completes, you can click your favorite books to read.

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Note: Sometimes, when you double-click your AZW3 file, it can not be opened directly on your computer. Windows
will let you select program to open this file. Just select the option "Select a program from a list of installed program"
and click "OK" button to select Kindle for PC to open the file. Or you can just right-click your AZW3 book, select
"Open with"-->"Kindle" to open it.

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As long as you log in Kindle for PC/Mac with your own Amazon ID which is associated with your purchased books,
you can use the software to read AZW3 files without any restriction, no matter they are DRM-free or DRM-protected.
2. Read AZW3 files with Calibre E-book viewer
Calibre is a very popular, open source digital publication library management program. It supports many common, and
few uncommon eBook formats including AZW3 format. We can not only use it to convert eBooks format but also view
eBooks.
Calibre's viewer supports 22 input formats ebooks, but only EPUB, FB2, HTML, LIT, LRF, MOBI, PDB, PRC and RB formats are opened
in the calibre internal viewer. So for another format such as azw3, it will automatically view book files with an external viewer.
Preferences -> Behavior -> and select the formats you want in the right column, you can add azw3 format to view in calibre.

To read your AZW3 files with Calibre, please download and install Calibre (http://calibre-ebook.com/download )
first.
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For WinXP: http://download.calibre-ebook.com/1.48.0/

Then add your downloaded books to Calibre, you can click "Add books" button to add books or just drag them to the
tool. Then all your added books will appear in the main interface of the software.

As we know, most of AZW3 files are DRM-protected, while some are DRM-free, so here I will divide it into 2 cases.
Case 1: For DRM-free AZW3 files
If your AZW3 files are DRM-free, after adding them to Calibre, you can directly double-click their title to open and
read them.

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Notice: If you can't open and read DRM-free AZW3 books with Calibre, please try to click Preferences -> Behavior
and add AZW3 format to view in Calibre. Or you can try to change their extension to .Mobi or .AZW, because AZW3
eBook file format also uses .AZW and .Mobi file extension.
Case2: For DRM-protected AZW3 files
As an free AZW3 reader for PC and Mac, Calibre can only read DRM-free books, if your AZW3 books are DRMprotected, you can't open them unless you remove their DRM first.

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So, we need another tool to help us remove DRM first. Here I recommend you a powerful software Ultimate Converter.
It is very easy to use. Its clean and friendly interface make us deal with DRM problem smoothly. Now just follow me to
learn how to remove DRM with the tool. Please download and install it on your computer first.
Download the tool for free
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Launch Ultimate Converter, usually it will automatically load all you Kindle books, if you synced them via Kindle for
PC and save them in the default folder "My Documents --- My Kindle Content". If not, you can just drag your AZW3
files to the main window of the program.

Then just drag the AZW3 books from right side to the left main window, your books will be decrypted soon.

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After you have removed DRM successfully, you can right-click decrypted books and select "Explore decrypted folder"
to find where they are saved. Then add DRM-free books to Calibre and start your reading journey.
The DRM removal tool is so easy to use. Right? You can remove DRM without clicking any button. It can also remove
DRM in batch with a few seconds. Without DRM restriction, you can read your books freely, share them with your
friends, or convert them to any other format you like. Now, just select your favorite program to read your AZW3 files.
Hope you have a wonderful reading journey.

Best 3 AZW3 Reader Download
Posted by Ada Wang on 5/24/2016 7:20:03 PM.

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When talked about azw3 reader download, in some of my contents I have written that azw3 is Amazon KF8 eBook file. In other words, if you
downloaded or received a file with .azw3 extension, it must be come from Amazon store. But you know kindle files can only be read on Kindle
devices, or Kindle app. So if I don't have a Kindle, what can I do to read my azw3 books? Are there any azw3 readers that I can download free to
open azw3?
Yes of course! This is also what I want to share in today's content. I gather the best 3 azw3 readers download for you.

1. Amazon Kindle desktop reading app
This is the official reading app for us to read kindle books on pc or mac. So it is surely that this app can read azw3 files.
Firstly download Kindle for PC/ Mac please. As the image shows, you can enter your mail or phone number to receive the download link of this
azw3 reader.

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