How to save Kindle Highlights to Evernote Automatically

How to Save Kindle Highlights to Evernote Automatically

I don’t know about you, but there are two things in this world that I can not live without. The first is Evernote and the second is my Kindle. Why? Because Evernote is like my second brain. I save all my important stuff there. Notes, recipes, health goals, shopping lists, you name it. Not only that, all this information can be managed in such a clever way – there really is no excuse for me to ever be disorganized again.

As for my Kindle? It’s like my treasure trove full of amazing books, filled with all the kindle highlights and notes I’ve made with them. And my kindle notes and highlights are very important to me. So it’s necessary I have somewhere to back them up, otherwise why bother making them to begin with?

So it should come as no surprise, that I’m a big fan of exporting all my kindle highlights and notes to Evernote.

Thankfully it’s easy to do too. And I emphasize E A S Y as there are existing ways already to do this, though they are quite fiddly and not 100% effective.

For example, the Evernote Web Clipper can clip highlights and notes from your Amazon Kindle account, though it comes with some drawbacks. Firstly books have to be selected manually, which I find time-consuming. It duplicates text that has already been exported. Which means if you make lots of highlights like me, you end up re-clipping the same text over and over. Also, the text that is exported, unfortunately comes with all the Amazon notations that surround it – ‘Read More’, ‘Delete This Highlight’ and ‘Add A Note’

So, using the Evernote Web Clipper to highlight your Kindle Highlights like this:

Save Kindle Highlights Automatically Evernote Web Clipper

Results in them ending up in Evernote like this:

Save Kindle Highlights Automatically Evernote

The problem with this, as Content Marketer and Publishing Strategist Jennifer Tribe, in her blog Clearprose.com states “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”.

Instead she recommends Clippings.io. She adds, “What’s beautiful about Clippings.io is that you don’t get any notations at all, just clean text excerpts of the content you highlighted.”

There are definite advantages to the Clippings.io system:

  1. No copying or pasting involved
  2. No duplicates
  3. Clean text excerpts with no notations
  4. Works well if you have 1 or 1000’s highlights
  5. It’s quick – just a few clicks to export once set up.
  6. Anyway, enough talking. Let’s get started.

    HOW TO BACK UP KINDLE HIGHLIGHTS AND NOTES TO EVERNOTE USING CLIPPINGS.IO

    1. You will need both an Evernote and Clippings.io account. If you don’t already have these, they are both very simple to set up and are free.
    2. Now you need to introduce the two apps to each other. So in your Clippings.io homepage, click on your account name in the top-right corner. Then choose Settings.
    3. Save Kindle Highlight Automatically Settings

    4. Now click Configure Evernote under Integrations.
    5. Save Kindle Highlights Configure Evernote

    6. Next choose your Evernote Region
    7. Save Kindle Highlights Sign into Evernote

    8. Sign in with your Evernote details to authorize Clippings.io. You’ll then have the opportunity to confirm access to your Evernote account. (Clippings.io makes it very clear as to exactly what it can access.)
    9. Save Kindle Highlights Authorize

      As the message says, you can revoke access at any time. You can also choose the duration: 1 day, 1 week, 30 days, or 1 year.

      OK so now that we’re all set up, let’s start exporting.

      LETS START EXPORTING

      1. From your Clippings.io homepage, click on Export in the near top-right corner.
      2. Save Kindle Highlights Export Evernote

      3. Click on Evernote. Here, you get another opportunity to change your Evernote settings, such as the inclusion of notes and tags.
      4. Click Start Export. When the export is finished, a link will appear which allows you to view your highlights and notes in Evernote.
      5. Save Kindle Highlights to Evernote Start Export

      It’s that simple.

      Like I said, there are a few ways to transfer Kindle highlights and notes to Evernote, but as far as I am aware Clippings.io is the only solution that will do so automatically, and also, wont duplicate your highlights if you perform multiple imports. In my mind these features are critical if you are planning on exporting your Kindle highlights to Evernote on a regular basis.

      So please give it a go. Breathe some new life into your kindle highlights and notes. And let me know in the comments below how it worked out for you.

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How to hide popular highlights on the Kindle

How to hide popular highlights on the Kindle

One question we continually get asked by our users is How to turn off the popular highlights feature found in Kindle books?

Before I start, let me just clear up what exactly is the popular highlights feature for those that are still wondering. Well, it’s those little-dotted lines found in the text of your kindle books. They signify the popular highlights found by other readers of the same book. To students, this may be a welcome blessing as it helps them to skim to the most important parts of a book. Though others find them utterly annoying. And no-one so far has expressed this sentiment better than the author Andrei Codrescu:

the entire experience of reading is shattered by the presence of a mob that agitates inside your text like strangers in a train station.

Enough said. Thankfully, it’s really very simple to turn off the popular highlights feature. So let’s get to it…just select which instructions relate to your particular Kindle reader.

 

HOW TO HIDE POPULAR HIGHLIGHTS ON THE OLD KINDLE READER (non-touch)

  1. Press HOME if you are not already in the Home Screen
  2. Then click on MENU
  3. Select SETTINGS
  4. Turn to Page 3 and switch the Popular Highlights setting to OFF

HOW TO HIDE POPULAR HIGHLIGHTS ON THE NEWER KINDLE READERS (touch-enabled), ie Paperwhite.

  1. Press HOME if you are not already in the Home Screen
  2. Tap the MENU button in the top-right corner, then select SETTINGS
  3. Select READING OPTIONS
  4. Select NOTES AND HIGHLIGHTS, then switch POPULAR HIGHLIGHTS to OFF

HOW TO HIDE POPULAR HIGHLIGHTS ON THE KINDLE FIRE

  1. Tap the SETTINGS icon
  2. Select MORE OPTIONS
  3. Switch POPULAR HIGHLIGHTS to OFF

HOW TO HIDE POPULAR HIGHLIGHTS ON THE KINDLE APP – FOR iPHONE/iPAD

  1. Press HOME if you are not already in the Home Screen
  2. Tap the SETTINGS icon in the bottom right corner
  3. Scroll down and select OTHER
  4. Switch POPULAR HIGHLIGHTS to OFF

 

I hope this has helped some of you. If you still have any questions or thoughts please post them in the comments below.

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How to save Kindle highlights in personal documents (non-Amazon books)

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Transferring all your kindle notes and highlights is a bit like trying to bake a meringue.  It may appear complicated from the outset, and the recipe can seem a little intimidating – though once you’ve nailed it, it literally is a piece of cake.  Or something like that.

Now that I’m done confusing you with talk of baking, let’s get down to the nitty-gritty.  The one big question we continually get asked is…Is it possible to import kindle highlights and notes made from non-Amazon books? And the answer is yes.  Absolutely. Not only that – it’s also very simple.

 

WHAT DO WE MEAN BY NON-AMAZON?

Before we get started, let’s quickly clarify the term  ‘non-Amazon’.

Non-Amazon, or Personal Documents as Amazon refers to them are:

  1. Documents that you have uploaded to your kindle, for example, a PDF.
  2. Any book purchased outside the Amazon eco-system, for example, ‘.epub’ or ‘.mobi’ files

 


Tip: To transfer highlights and notes from AMAZON purchased books – you can use either the Clippings.io Chrome Extension, or simply use the ‘Click to Upload’ button.


 

OK. Enough already.  Let’s do this.

 

TRANSFER NOTES AND HIGHLIGHTS IN 6 SIMPLE STEPS

Disclaimer:  For this to work, your highlights and notes MUST have been made (yes, physically made) on your kindle, and not using the Kindle App on a laptop or iPhone etc.   Why? Because the Kindle App does not produce a ‘My Clippings.txt’ file which is the only place where highlights and notes made on personal documents get stored.

 

STEP 1: Sign into Clippings.io

Sign into Clippings.io – and if you’re a newbie, please sign up for a free account.

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STEP 2: Plug your Kindle into your PC

You will need a USB cable for this step.  So go ahead and connect your kindle to your computer with your USB cable.

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STEP 3: Start the import process

Click on the red ‘IMPORT’ button, which you will see in the top left corner of your screen (under the Clippings.io icon).

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STEP 4: Click the upload button

Now in this window, you just need to click on the ‘Click to Upload’ button.

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STEP 5: Locate your myclippings.txt file

Browse to the ‘Documents’ folder in your Kindle USB drive and select the ‘My Clippings.txt’ file.  Also, before you fret and wonder, “Do I even have a My Clippings.txt file”?  I assure you that you do.  It’s there.  Just scroll through your files and eventually you’ll find it.  I swear on the meringue.

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STEP 6: Upload complete!

And congrats. Your upload should be complete.

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MANAGE YOUR CLIPPINGS

Isn’t it a relief to have all your favorite highlights and notes in one place?   It was once stated: “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication“.  Oh so true.  So go ahead and use Clippings.io to manage your kindle notes and highlights.  Send your quotes into a Word, Excel of PDF doc; send them straight to Evernote, tag them, archive them, search them, group them or share them with friends.  There are so many possibilities.

I hope this post has helped. Attempting to get all your notes and highlights stored into one safe place… well, it’s kinda like tying up that last annoying loose end.  And if that has been the case for you, then kudos.

If you have any specific questions or tips relating to this, just let me know in the comments and I’ll do my best to answer them.

And now, get Clipping!

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请将您的Kindle笔记和重点导出至www.yinxiang.com(中国Evernote)

昨天晚上我们送出了对www.yinxiang.com (又名Evernote中国)的支持。 我们正在更新我们的文档,但为了方便您开始使用我们的服务特此提供快速指南
请首先进入我们的Evernote的设置页面,以下是链接地址https://my.clippings.io/#/settings/evernote。 在到达本页之后,您将会发现有个关于进入http://www.yinxiang.com的
访问权限选项。 如果您的账户在此之前已经授权进入过www.evernote.com而现在只想调换至www.yinxiang.com,你需要点击“撤销访问/revoke access“按钮,之后会有屏幕从下方弹出。
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当你点击了“授权进入至www.yinxiang.com”按钮后,您将被带到以下www.yinxiang.com网站上的一个界面上,在那里会需要您授权允许www.clippings.io访问您的帐户。

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一旦您完成帐户授权您就可以设置导出选项了。 欲了解进一步的详细说明请看此链接:https://www.clippings.io/export-kindle-notes-to-evernote
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现在您可以首次尝试将笔记内容导出至www.yinxiang.com了。 要做到这一点您只需点击https://my.clippings.io/#/页面上的“导出/Export”菜单,然后选择‘Evernote‘的导出选项。

我希望以上指导对您有所帮助。

感谢

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Export your Kindle notes and highlights to www.yinxiang.com (Evernote China)

Last night we pushed out our support for www.yinxiang.com otherwise know as Evernote china.  We are in the process of updating our documentation but to get you started here is the quick guide.

To get started go to our Evernote setup page which can be found https://my.clippings.io/#/settings/evernote here  .  When you arrive at this page you will now notice there is an option to grant access to http://www.yinxiang.com .  If you have granted your account access to www.evernote.com in the past and now want to swap to www.yinxiang.com you need to click the ‘revoke access’ button to bring up the screen below.

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After you have clicked the ‘Grant Account Access to www.yinxiang.com’ button you will be taken to the following screen at www.yinxiang.com where you will need to authorize www.clippings.io to access your account.

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Once you have authorized your account you can configure export options.  These are explained in more detail here https://www.clippings.io/export-kindle-notes-to-evernote

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You are now ready to do your first export to www.yinxiang.com.  To do this simply click the ‘Export’ menu in on the https://my.clippings.io/#/ page and then choose the ‘Evernote’ export option.

I hope you find this useful.  If anyone is able to translate this post to Chinese please drop me an email at feedback@clippings.io and I’ll post the Chinese version.

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Organize your Kindle notes and highlights using collections

I’m excited to announce you can now organize your books into collections.  Collections are designed to allow you to organize your books into subjects or topics of interest.

The beady-eyed among you may have noticed that when you select a book there is now a cog icon to the right of the book title (far right of the screen).  If you click this cog it brings up the ‘Collections’ dialog which allows you to manage your collections.  Once you have created your desired collections use the check boxes to choose which collections the selected book belongs to.  It is worth noting that a book can belong to multiple collections.  In the example below I have added ‘Great Expectations’ to both the ‘Dickens’ and the ‘English’ collection.

 

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On the left hand pane you’ll notice that the books are now grouped into collections.  If a book is not in a collection it will be assigned to the ‘Uncategorized’ collection, which is where I’d expect your books to be at the moment.  Collections can be expanded or contracted by clicking the collection name.

 

 

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We hope this helps and we welcome your feedback.  We have a number of additional features we are working on at the moment and I’m looking forward to telling you about these in the coming weeks.

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Thank you Len Edgerly at ‘The Kindle Chronicles’

It’s been too long but for my first blog in a while I would to thank everyone who has provided feedback and testing for our new Google Chrome Extension .  I can honestly say without your help and testing we wouldn’t have got to a stable version so quickly so thanks again for your help.  I would especially like to thank Len Edgerly at http://www.thekindlechronicles.com for all of the help and support he gave during this release.  Len has been using the Kindle since 2007 and is an avid reader.  Our first attempts to process Len’s 10,917 notes and highlights caused us a few headaches but after Len’s  persistent testing and some code reworking we were delighted to be able to process Len’s Kindle annotations.  The improvements we made along the way have also made the Chrome Extension faster and more stable for everyone so thanks again Len for your help with this.  Len covered this journey in his recent podcast which can be found here  and starts around the 12:30 minute mark.

Len has been running the Kindle Chronicles podcast since July 2008 and has been kind enough to mention us a few times on his show.  It’s one of my favorite podcasts and I like to enjoy it on my Monday morning commute or over a glass of wine in the evening.  I listen to it on the Apple Podcast app (which is superb, if you haven’t used it) and the link to the show is here .  Len has a wonderful relaxing style and his podcasts from the beach house help me to unwind from the pace of NYC.

Thanks again everyone and please do check out Len’s free podcast if you haven’t already done so.

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Using your Kindle for Revision

It’s hard to believe but only less than a decade ago, students had to carry stacks of reference books around with them and handwrite or type their revision notes. For those of you not old enough to remember those days, not only did we end up with sore shoulders but just think how inefficient this was. We would end up with reams of coffee stained notepads which were full of barely legible notes. We then had the mad dash before an exam to consolidate these notes into something coherent. This was all before the inevitable midnight cram which I’m sure still remains the precursor to any exam. Imagine how cumbersome and difficult it was to revise under these conditions and then factor in there was no ability to search your notes or lose your school bag and all of your notes were gone. Fast forward to today and more and more students are using the Kindle to make their revision notes. It’s hardly surprising when you consider the benefits:

  • You can replace all of those heavy books with one device which is weighs less than even the lightest book used to.
  • Gone are the days of deciding which books you can fit into your school bag. It’s mind blowing to consider you could fit every book you would ever need during your entire education on your Kindle, a device which can slip into your jacket pocket.
  • To produce their revision notes students using a Kindle need merely highlight the block of text they are reading, compare this to manually handwriting or retyping your revision notes.

Clippings.io extends the Kindle’s revision note making capabilities. While Kindle’s annotation functions are simple and straightforward, the resulting “My Clippings.txt” file is quite difficult to read. Clippings.io fixes this by letting you choose which data to export and provides sorting and filtering tools that allow you to organize your notes according to your needs before exporting to the file format you desire or publishing to www.evernote.com. It’s a subtle enhancement that can lead to a dramatic increase in productivity.

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Save Kindle Notes to Evernote

We are proud to announce that from today you can publish your Kindle clippings to Evernote.  If you haven’t already used Evernote head over to http://www.evernote.com and sign up for a free account.  Evernote is a great site which allows you to manage all of your notes and for that matter anything else you need to remember.  You can then access your notes from pretty much any device including your phone, tablet and computer.

Clippings.io and Evernote work great in combination.  Simply upload your Kindle clippings file, choose which clippings you wish to publish and then send them to Evernote with just a click of a button.  To get started, authorize Clippings.io to publish data to your Evernote account on your settings page.

We plan to add more integrations in the near future, please let us know if you want us to prioritize a particular service by sending an email to feedback@clippings.io

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