They can take that book away whenever you want. They can even delete your account without warning and revoke all your purchases. But if you want to actually own the book, you can do so by stripping away Digital Rights Management (DRM). And this is how to do it.
Understanding What You’re Doing
Removing DRM from your books may look like nothing has changed at all. You can still access them on your Kindle. The difference is you can take those files and convert them for use on other readers, as well as in PDF form. And Amazon can never take away those books.
You have to make your own decision on whether this is right for you.
So what do you need to get started?
- The Kindle for PC application, where you can manage your account.
- The Calibre eBook Manager. It’s a free downloadable application.
- A DRM removal tool. There are plenty of them out there, but for this tutorial you will be using Apprentice Alf’s DRM Removal Tool.
Step 1 – Installation
Begin by installing Calibre and Kindle for PC. To go any further, you must register Kindle for PC under your normal Amazon account. Once it’s connected, you will be able to download all your eBooks to your computer. Take all your books and download them. Do this by going into the Archive and then Kindle for PC, before right clicking and bringing up the menu.
Sadly, you have to do this manually. Amazon has yet t offer any form of bulk download.
Step 2 – Readying for Calibre
Once you have the files on your computer, you can start to play around with them. The actual files you are looking for will be found in the Documents folder. Search for the folder labelled My Kindle Content, or some other variant. Inside here you should find all the files that you downloaded in the previous step.
At this point, you should have already installed Calibre and Apprentice Alf’s plugin bundle. The AZW files seen in your folder are the ones you need to focus on. These are the files protected by DRM. If you tried to convert or manipulate them as they are, the process would fail.
Step 3 – Working with Calibre
Launch Calibre and click on the Preferences menu. You should then look for the Plugins tab on this menu, before clicking on the Advanced button.
Once you are in the Plugin window, you should click the option that allows you to load a plugin from a file. This should be found near the bottom of the window. Another screen will open and you can find Apprentice Alf’s plugin, which you should have already unzipped by this point.
Choose the K4MobiDeDRM ZIP file. After the file name there will be a specific version, which is constantly updated. You will then receive a warning window that will tell you that what you are about to do represents a security risk. Ignore this window and proceed.
If all has gone well, the plugin should have been installed without any problems.
At this point, all you need to do to get started with actually breaking DRM is to restart Calibre.
Step 4 – Breaking DRM
At this stage, you can get to the business of actually breaking DRM. Open Calibre again and open the folder where you downloaded your Kindle books to originally. Highlight all the AZW files and ignore the other ones. These are the DRM files you are going to strip.
Drag and drop every file into the Calibre window. The software will then add every book to this window. What it’s actually doing is copying the files and creating duplicates of the books, but without any DRM attached. And these copies are impossible to remove from Amazon, which makes these books your property.
This process is easy and Amazon can do absolutely nothing to stop it. The software may update, but the process will remain roughly the same. Will you be breaking DRM on your books today?