1. matthew, either my computer’s messed up (very possible πŸ˜‰ ) or you’ve posted the part of your post twice –

    other than that, and that the widget’s not available for us mac users yet, this is great info!

    have been wanting to do more of that lately, and was wondering how

    thanks matthew!

    • Hi Adan, thanks for the heads up! That was strange. All fixed now.

      Hopefully the fact that Notescraper is available to you Mac users makes up for the lack of the Send to Kindle widget…I know I’m jealous. Since researching this post, I’ve been toying with Evernote and it is extremely useful. If Amazon ever gets an Export function working for Notes, Evernote is going to become my new favorite app. πŸ™‚

      • glad i could help πŸ˜‰

        yea, an export function will be great, hope they do it soon!

        meanwhile i need to recheck about pdf’s, i think i can send those to our kindle via an email address, ie, i could convert my text file to pdf to send to kindle to at least read it that way

        thanks matthew!

  2. This is a really great idea. So far I’ve only read kindle books on an Android device. I can’t locate the clippings.txt file though. It may be with the actual program binaries, so like on your iPad you could possibly access it if you root/jailbreak your device. I’m not sure though. No problems on a Kindle device apparently, it’s all in the open.

    However, I did find out what you could do with Evernote:

    – Install the Evernote browser extension, “a web clipper”
    – Open https://kindle.amazon.com/your_highlights
    – Select highlight or note
    – Use Evernote web clipper to create a note

    The nice thing with the web clipper is you can filter with a click to only show “kindle.amazon.com” notes.

    More automated and requiring a little programming:

    – Scrape the highlights web page with some regular expressions, then copy/paste to a document. This way you can format it any way you like. Actually that might work as a bookmarklet or browser extension. I wonder whether anyone has done this yet?

    • Hi Marcus, sorry for the late reply.

      Yes, I love the idea of using the Kindle for editing (well, the Kindle reader on my iPad, lol).

      Thanks for the tips about Evernote…I’m starting love that app, and the more editorial/writing uses I can find with it, the better. The only problem with using it for your own highlights as you suggest is that for some reason (as far as I can tell) Amazon doesn’t post highlights from your personal docs to “your_highlights” page. Very frustrating. All your notes/highlights from purchases are there, but not your own docs. But I might’ve missed something…if so, please let me know!

    • Hey Daphne – Thanks! I wouldn’t have thought of it except for my editor who is full of good ideas. πŸ™‚ I’ve also used it and it’s a great way to get away from “typing” mode and into “reading” mode with your own work, though as I say in the post, it’s frustrating that you can’t re-incorporate your own remarks back into the text…sometime soon, let’s hope!

  3. Hi Matthew,

    I stumbled upon your site and read this post. It’s detailed and very helpful. The Kindle is quite amazing isn’t it? I like it too that users can get to make notes and highlight what they want too. However, I find that accessing these notes and highlights can be difficult and a bit time-consuming for some.

    A new iOS app, Snippefy (www.snippefy.com), will be released this November 2013 that can make it easier for Kindle users to access and share their notes and highlights as they can store it under one place. These notes and highlights can be shared in social media sites and can be exported in Evernote, Dropbox and email. Easy and saves time.

    I thought you might be interested to check it out and I hope you will find it useful.

    Thank you


    • Matthew Iden

      Hi Rebecca – To my knowledge, there’s no way to make the manuscript itself (with notes and highlight intact) portable, but you could use Marcus’s suggestions in his comment above to send what you’ve highlighted and noted on your Kindle as a starting point, perhaps:

      – Install the Evernote browser extension, β€œa web clipper”
      – Open https://kindle.amazon.com/your_highlights
      – Select highlight or note
      – Use Evernote web clipper to create a note

      Note that Evernote is free and fairly easy to use, though you’ll need to make sure you get the WebClipper Chrome (or other browser) extension to follow these items. I would also add that you want to select “Article” and not Simplified Article or Whole Page when you clip; by choosing Article, you’ll preserve links and colors that indicate notes that you’ve inserted in your Kindle.

      Also, if you end up doing this, Evernote is a great collaborative tool, so you could actually later annotate this Evernote, get replies from an author, reply to that reply, etc. using Evernote’s shared Note features. Pretty handy.

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