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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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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 your Kindle Notes with Clippings.io

Welcome to our very first blog post!  In this blog we aim to share with you news on updates to this website and everything and anything to do with the Kindle.

So what exactly is the point of the clippings.io website you may wonder?

Well, if you are familiar at all with the annotation functions on your kindle, you will already know that you can bookmark, highlight and produce notes on the book you are reading.  These annotations will get saved in a text file called ‘My Clippings.txt’ under the documents folder.  Whilst the ‘My Clippings.txt’ file is extremely useful, the document itself is not easily readable.  Clippings.io attempts to solve this problem by exporting your clippings into Microsoft Word, Excel and Adobe PDF files.  We also allow you to choose which columns you would like to export and provide filtering and sorting functionality.  This provides you the opportunity to organize your clippings into a manner that suits your specific needs.

Who can benefit from this?

Anyone with a Kindle! Our users come from all walks of life; from those who just like to make clippings from their favorite books, to students who use clippings.io to organize their study notes,to writers and editors who use Kindle clippings to aid their writing.

We welcome any website feedback and look forward to hearing from our users and learning new ways in which to improve our website and tailor it specifically to your needs, or just send us a hello!

The clippings.io team

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