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.AZW File Extension

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File TypeAmazon Kindle eBook File

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CategoryeBook Files


This file is saved in a binary format, which requires a specific program to read its contents.


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.

More Information

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."

Program(s) that open .AZW files
Microsoft Windows LogoWindows
Amazon Kindle for PC
Cool Reader
Mac OS X LogoMac
Amazon Kindle for Mac
Linux LogoLinux
Cool Reader
Android LogoAndroid
Cool Reader
Updated 11/3/2013