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.azw File Extension

Developer: Amazon
File type: Amazon Kindle eBook File
You're here because you have a file that has a file extension ending in .azw. Files with the file extension .azw can only be launched by certain applications. It's possible that .azw files are data files rather than documents or media, which means they're not meant to be viewed at all.

what is a .azw file?

Data files also refer to project output files of ebook reader programs, and these data files may also be used by ebook authoring and editing applications. Amazon developed the AZW format as the project output files integrated with specifications and standards used by the Amazon Kindle reader device. These Amazon Kindle ebooks are files appended with the .azw extension, and there are versions of the Amazon Kindle reader application that can be installed in computers running on Microsoft Windows systems. There are also versions of this software that were developed for Mac platforms. Also called Amazon Kindle ebook files, the content of these AZW files includes the content of the ebook itself, formatting attributes and page layout elements implemented by the author of the ebook into its content, and markers for the different chapters of the ebook may also be found in an AZW file. The Amazon Kindle device is a digital ebook reader integrated with wireless functionalities and a design intended for optimal portability. Linux users can install and use the Cool Reader application to open and view the content of an AZW file, and there are also versions of this software for Microsoft Windows environments. DRM (Digital Rights Management) specifications may be implemented by the author of an AZW file into the Amazon Kindle book, so the content of the .azw file can only be viewed using the Amazon Kindle device, though Microsoft Windows users can change the extension of the Amazon Kindle file from AZW to PRC, then use the Mobipocket Reader software to open the file.

how to open a .azw file?

Launch a .azw file, or any other file on your PC, by double-clicking it. If your file associations are set up correctly, the application that's meant to open your .azw file will open it. It's possible you may need to download or purchase the correct application. It's also possible that you have the correct application on your PC, but .azw files aren't yet associated with it. In this case, when you try to open a .azw file, you can tell Windows which application is the correct one for that file. From then on, opening a  .azw file will open the correct application. Click here to fix .azw file association errors

applications that open a .azw file

Amazon Kindle for PC

Amazon Kindle for PC

Amazon Kindle for PC is a version of e-reader software that is capable of synchronizing books across apps of a Windows computer or between the computer apps and a Kindle unit. This particular software is intended for Windows 7, Windows XP and Windows 7 only. It comes with Whispersync which is the technology that automatically syncs books with or without a Kindle device on hand. Furthermore, this product includes amazing features like the option to search books of any topic, section or character, look up words and definition through its integrated dictionary, access some facts of characters, places, quotes or anything related to books by using the Shelfari, a built-in encyclopedia. From thousands of e-Books available to read and store, this program lets you organize all books into different categories. In addition to those features, Amazon Kindle for Windows PC allows highlighting, adding bookmarks, taking notes and viewing page numbers.
Cool Reader

Cool Reader

Cool Reader is application use for opening an E-book. it is an open-source or free (General Public License) program which works on these operating systems: Windows, Linux, Android, and Mac Os X. The supported formats are epub (non-DRM), fb2, txt, rtf, html, chm, tcr, doc and pdb. You can also switch from pages to scroll view and vice versa. It also have table of content feature and can also use the bookmark feature for easy marking. The text search feature, hyphenation dictionaries, complete FB2 (Fiction book 2.0) support, additional support of fonts, reading directly a book from zip archives and automatic reformatting of .txt will come in handy for all platforms. And there are specific feature regarding Android system such as the animated flipping of pages, quick recent book access, a file browser that is built in, profiles for day and night (adjusted colors, background, backlight levels), adjustment for the brightness by just flicking on the left edge of the screen. The background texture can also be stretched, tiled or use a solid color. The dictionary is still available in this operating system.
Amazon Kindle for Mac

Amazon Kindle for Mac

Amazon Kindle for Mac is an e-Book reader tool exclusively for Macintosh computers, specifically Mac OS X 10.6 or higher version. The Amazon Kindle is known to be a powerful e-reader of books, magazines, newspapers, blogs, and other types of publications or writings which are viewed on digital system. This was developed by Michael Cronan, and the name Kindle was both agreed on by Cronan and Karin Hibma. They chose Kindle because it literally means “to light a fire” which can be considered as a metaphor regarding the thought of reading something with excitement. Anyway, this version of Kindle for Mac computers features Whispersync technology that synchronizes books across different applications and between Mac apps and a Kindle device. This software has a built-in dictionary too, search engine of books, Shelfari which is a type of encyclopedia, personalized reading mode from switch to full screen, as well as adjustment of background color and brightness.

a word of warning

Be careful not to rename the extension on .azw files, or any other files. This will not change the file type. Only special conversion software can change a file from one file type to another.

what is a file extension?

A file extension is the set of three or four characters at the end of a filename; in this case, .azw. File extensions tell you what type of file it is, and tell Windows what programs can open it. Windows often associates a default program to each file extension, so that when you double-click the file, the program launches automatically. When that program is no longer on your PC, you can sometimes get an error when you try to open the associated file.
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