The File Extensions Database

.AZW File Extension

  • Developer by: Amazon
  • Category: eBook Files
  • Format: Binary

What is an .AZW file?

.AZW is Amazon Kindle eBook File

An AZW file is a digital eBook formatted for the Amazon Kindle, a wireless reading device. It contains formatted book text and chapter markers and is similar to a Mobipocket .PRC file. AZW files can be transferred from a PC to the Kindle via a standard USB connection and 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."

Programs that open Amazon Kindle eBook File
Amazon Kindle for PC
Cool Reader
Amazon Kindle for Mac
Cool Reader
Amazon Kindle
Amazon Kindle
Cool Reader

How to solve problems with AZW files

  • Associate the AZW file extension with the correct application. On :
    Windows: Right click on any AZW file and then click "Open with" > "Choose another app". Now select another program and check the box "Always use this app to open *.AZW files". Mac: Right click (or Ctrl-click) the AZW file, then click "Open with" > "Other...". Then choose another program and check the "Always Open With" box. Linux: Right click on the file, and select "Open with" and choose another program. iPhone: Tap the file. If you do not see an app to open the file, then tap Share "Share" and choose an app. Alternatively, save the file. Then open the Files app Files app. There long-press on the file, then release your finger. You will see a black menu bar. Then tap "Share" and select an app. Android: Tap the Settings icon on your smartphone, then tap on the Apps section. There tap the Options icon in the top right-hand corner of the screen to change the default apps.
  • Update your software that should actually open .AZW is Amazon Kindle eBook File. Because only the current version supports the latest AZW file format. Search, therefore, e.g. on the Amazon manufacturer website after an available .AZW is Amazon Kindle eBook File update.
  • To make sure that your AZW file is not corrupted or virus-infected, get the file again and scan it with antivirus software.