KoboNotes.com Extracts Notes and Highlights from Your Kobo eReader

16637377588_9d90a69909_hAmazon makes it easy for Kindle users to download their notes and highlights, but we can't say the same for Kobo, which obscures a user's notes in a database file.

Fortunately, there's a solution. I've just read on MobileRead about a new site called KoboNotes.com which can extract the notes on your Kobo ereader and present them in a usable form.

You'll need to set up an account, and then upload the "KoboReader.sqlite" file from your Kobo ereader, and once you do you will be able to sort the notes by the book they cam from.

The site displays the notes onscreen one book at a time, with all of a book's notes listed on a single page. As you can see, there's no way to distinguish between a highlight (text copied from the book) form an annotation (a user's own note):

kobo notes dot com

KoboNotes.com is, to the best of my knowledge, the only tool which lets you extract note from a Kobo ereader (I can't find a way to do this with calibre, in case you were wondering).

This is a useful site, but it's not without its issues. One commenter pointed out on MR that this site represents a serious security concern:

Really? You want me to load a file that has a list of every book I have on the device to your web site? And includes the key information that Kobo uses to validate my device every time it calls home? Sorry, as useful as this might be, it's not going to happen.

They're right; this is a sound reason to avoid using the site if you read sensitive documents or have concerns about your security or privacy.

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader:"I've been into reading ebooks since forever, but I only got my first ereader in July 2007. Everything quickly spiraled out of control from there. Before I started this blog in January 2010 I covered ebooks, ebook readers, and digital publishing for about 2 years as a part of MobileRead Forums. It's a great community, and being a member is a joy. But I thought I could make something out of how I covered the news for MobileRead, so I started this blog."

8 Comments on KoboNotes.com Extracts Notes and Highlights from Your Kobo eReader

  1. Why uploading the file to a website? If its sqlite, then you should be able to work on it using sqlite. Sqlite ist part of almost every Linux distribution and its also available for Windows. So as long as the notes are not encrypted it should’t be a problem to do what the web site does on your own PC.

  2. I think there’s a Calibre plugin or two which can grab notes from Kobo devices, but for another offline option there’s this handy Python script: http://www.albertopettarin.it/exportnotes.html

  3. Hi there! First, I would like to thank you for this post about KoboNotes.com ;). I did this website mainly because of 3 reasons:

    1) Some solutions out there require computer skills in order to extract your notes from your Kobo eReader.

    2) Most of these tools organize your notes in a strange order. KoboNotes organize your highlights and annotations by date of creation (which, in most cases, it’s also the order of that note in the book).

    3) With KoboNotes you can read your notes anywhere and from any device.

    Just a side note: annotations are displayed differently on the notes section. Just so happens that the book “Outliers” does not have any annotation. If you select the book “The Monk Who Sold is Ferrari” you will see some annotations in the beginning, next to the highlighted text which it belongs to (these annotations are in portuguese, sorry!, this is my personal data).

    Thank you once again for this post. I hope you like this tool 😉

    • Hi Francisco,

      I think you’ve put together a great service. It’s too bad Kobo doesn’t offer something like this themselves.

      Some suggestions I have:

      * Your site should include a privacy policy. It may not persuade a wary person to try your service, but anytime you’re dealing with private information you should make clear how that information will be used and protected.

      * Don’t presume users will know how to find and access the .kobo folder. For one thing, it will be hidden on some operating systems since the name starts with a dot. A simple how-to guide might be helpful for some.

      * I think it’d be cool if you offered some export options, to collect all of one’s highlights and annotations back in a single portable file. You could even offer a nice Epub. 🙂

      * Since you have date of creation info, it’d be nice to be able to sort the list of book titles by most recently highlighted. Also, for someone with a lot of books, a plain list of links might be easier to deal with than a dropdown menu.

  4. Thank you Michael 😉 I must work on that privacy policy and the .kobo folder. Other features such as sharing your notes or exporting to other files will be introduced for sure also. Tks for your suggestions!

  5. Hi Michael, I recently created a Q&A page to try to answer all the doubts about KoboNotes (http://www.kobonotes.com/qa.php). I’m a little sad that people think that this is malware. I provide my contact information (email, facebook and linkedin) in KoboNotes, so feel free to ask me anything you want about the website.

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