.azw

File Type Amazon Kindle eBook File IconAmazon Kindle eBook File
File Format Proprietary (Amazon)
Usage Referenced by an application; not meant to be opened manually; may run a program or script when opened
Rank ★ ★ ★  Common
Description

Digital eBook formatted for the Amazon Kindle, a wireless reading device; contains formatted book text and chapter markers; similar to a Mobipocket .PRC file; can be transferred from a PC to the Kindle via a standard USB connection; can also be read using the Kindle desktop software.

Most AZW files contain DRM protection that only allows them to be viewed on the Amazon Kindle or with Amazon Kindle reading software. However, it may be possible to view unprotected Kindle eBooks on a PC with Mobipocket Reader by changing the file extension from ".azw" to ".prc."

Open With
Windows

IconAmazon Kindle for PC

IconCool Reader

macOS

IconAmazon Kindle for Mac

Unix

IconCool Reader

Updated November 3, 2013
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