Amazon makes spending money easy…perhaps too easy, and before you know it you’ve spent hundreds to thousands of dollars buying books, music and videos on demand. All of this content is locked in the Amazon system, so even though you ‘own it’, in reality Amazon does. They dictate if / when you get access, and they know when and how often you do access it. Besides the obvious privacy issues, this isn’t such a bad thing per say, until either A) you lose Internet and thus access to all your content, or B) Amazon decides they don’t like something about you, and shuts your account down. I’ve seen it happen, and Amazon does not care who you are, or what your problem is. You have no one to talk to, you have zero recourse – get used to it.

So, it might not be a bad idea to, every six months or so, take the time to rip your digital content from Amazon’s cold hard grasp.

You can download all the apps needed in a .zip below.

Audible:

  1. Install Audible Manager – do not upgrade it.
  2. Click on My Library Online, which will then bring up an Audible HTML page asking you to login – go ahead and login.
  3. Download the books you want to convert to MP3.
  4. Extract the contents of AAX2MP3.zip to a directory you create for this app
    1. From this new directory run AaxToMp3GUI.exe
  1. Tap Durchsuchen
        1. Select the audio book you just downloaded (C:\Users\Public\Documents\Audible\Downloads)
          1. Tap Unwrandeln to convert to MP3. The file will be in the same directory as audible download

Kindle (windows instructions):

  1. Download and install calibre
  2. Download DeDRM Plugin
    1. Open calibre’s Preferences dialog.  Click on the “Plugins” button.  Next, click on the button, “Load plugin from file”.  Navigate to the unzipped DeDRM_tools folder and, in the folder “DeDRM_calibre_plugin”, find the file “DeDRM_plugin.zip”.  Click to select the file and select “Open”.  Click “Yes” in the “Are you sure?” dialog box. Click the “OK” button in the “Success” dialog box.
  3. Install kindleforpc…1.17 (if you have a newer version installed, uninstall it and remove all downloaded books…calibre cannot break encryption after 1.17 so you’ll need to start from scratch).
  4. Log into the kindle app to activate
  5. Go to Tools > Options and disable Automatic Updates
  6. Download a book
  7. Open Calibre and select Add books
    1. Browse to kindlw d/l directory and choose a book
  8. Convert Books
    1. Choose your format, like EPUB or PDF

Movies via Video on Demand.

Easy peasy lemon squeezy.

Download needed apps here.