File Type Amazon Kindle eBook File IconAmazon Kindle eBook File
File Format Proprietary (Amazon)
Usage Open manually
Popularity ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Popular

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

IconAmazon Kindle for PC

IconCool Reader

IconSumatra PDF


IconAmazon Kindle for Mac


IconCool Reader

Updated November 3, 2013
Information from the PC File Extensions Reference