Do you highlight and annotate the heck out of your Kindle books? The highlight and note features in Kindle are fantastic, but there’s not much you can do with the resulting content on the Kindle device itself.
Once your highlights are in Evernote, though, it’s easy to do whatever you want with them. You can:
- Tag and cross-reference
- Copy out pieces you want to quote (say, in a blog post)
- Back up all your Kindle clippings
Here are 3 simple ways to get your Kindle clippings from your Kindle device into Evernote.
1] Clip from your Kindle page
- Go to kindle.amazon.com (this address works even for non-US customers) and log in using your usual Amazon information. You’ll be taken to your Kindle account home page.
- Click Your Highlights from the menu bar at the top of the screen.
You’ll see your most recent highlights at the top. If you scroll down the page, you’ll likely see other notes from other books but it all depends on how many highlights you make.
(Tip: If you’re like me and often keep your Kindle in airplane mode to save battery, you’ll want to turn airplane mode off so your Kindle can sync your notes to the web account. Once your notes are synced, you can turn airplane mode back on.)
From here, you have two options for pulling these notes into Evernote.
Clip with the Evernote Web Clipper …
Assuming you have the Evernote Web Clipper bookmarklet running in your browser, simply clip the notes page the way you would any other web content.
When you open up the resulting note in Evernote, you’ll see that all the information from your Amazon page has been copied over — including the Read more, Delete this highlight, and Add a note notations.
You’ll also discover that if there was more than one book showing on the Your Highlights page, Evernote has clipped them all.
I find the notations clutter up my notes, and I don’t like having to cut and paste to limit a note to one book.
… Or copy and paste
So the other way to get content into Evernote from the Your Kindle page is to copy and paste. With your mouse, highlight just the content you want (one book’s worth, for example) and paste it into a new note.
Oh, but wait! That also copies all the notations, which as I’ve said, I find distracting. So before I paste the content into Evernote, I first paste it into a Word doc and quickly strip the notations.
To do that, use the Find and Replace function. Find all instances of Add a note and replace it with nothing — just leave the Replace field blank. This deletes all Add a note lines. Do the same with Delete this highlight.
As a final step, I adjust the Page Layout by setting the before and after paragraph spacing to 0 and 0.
Then I copy the whole thing into Evernote.
The extra step only takes a minute but if you don’t find the original formatting annoying or you’d like to keep the notations, then feel free to skip all that and paste right into Evernote.
2] Export from ClippingsConverter
ClippingsConverter is a simple, free utility built specifically for exporting your Kindle clippings to other formats. It exports to PDF, Word and Excel and also integrates directly with Evernote.
Set up Evernote integration
- Once you open your ClippingsConverter account, go to the Settings page and click Configure Evernote. Then click Grant Account Access.
- You’ll be asked to log into Evernote and authorize the ClippingsConverter app. Click Authorize.
Exporting to Evernote
- Navigate back to the main page using the Explorer button in the top left of your screen.
- Click on Export in the menu bar at top right. The drop down shows you the export options. Select Evernote.
- Choose the export settings you want. I use Content Only as my style to keep things clean. I also specify that I want one note per book, not per highlight.
- Click the green Start Export button and the app goes to work.
In a few seconds, all of your highlights from all of your books will appear in Evernote with the formatting you specified.
There’s no way to export notes from a single book, but the app is intelligent, so every time you export, it skips everything you’ve already exported and only brings over what’s new.
What’s beautiful about ClippingsConverter is that you don’t get any notations at all, just clean text excerpts of the content you highlighted.
3] Copy and paste from My Clippings.txt
All of your Kindle notes and highlights are stored as a plain text file on your Kindle device.
- Connect your Kindle to your laptop using the USB cord.
- Open up the Kindle, open the Documents folder, then find the file called MyClippings.txt.
- Open the My Clippings file, copy out any content you want, and paste it into Evernote.
The are two disadvantages to this method. One, you need to have your Kindle connected to your computer. And two, the raw My Clippings file has the most annotation data of any copy method, including a date and time stamp for each highlight. Maybe you like that, maybe you don’t.
I personally consider this method a last resort for copying out notes, but it works in a pinch (if you’re offline, for example).
There you have it. Three super simple ways to get your Kindle highlights into Evernote. Happy reading!