azw3 The American company Amazon is a recognized powerhouse when it comes to all things related to books. Their proprietary eBook readers dubbed the Kindle which was first released in 2007 is a testament to this. The .azw file format is the filename extension associated with eBooks designed to be read on Amazon's proprietary Kindle device and through their free but closed source Kindle software for smartphones, PCs, and Macs. The format is incompatible with any device other than kindle and its associated software. In order to open files saved in this format on non-kindle devices, one would have to convert the file to another format such as the open ePub format or PDF. Some converters can also convert other formats into .azw files which can later be opened on a kindle device or application.
txt From the 70's to 2007 the open source .txt filename extension format commonly referred to plain text documents encoded using the ASCII character set. To support internationalization and localization, .txt text documents are today text files encoded using the UTF-8 or UTF-16LE standard which is a superset of the ASCII character set. Text documents of type .txt typically have minimal formatting for example no support for bold or italic characters or support for bullet points etc. This allows .txt documents to use minimum storage space and be platform independent as long as the operating system supports the underlying encoding character set used to create the .txt document. On windows .txt file support has existed since 1985 when Windows 1.0 was released and since then has been mostly associated with the notepad application on Microsoft Windows.