A Dozen Tools for Managing Your Kindle Notes and Highlights

Amazon's Kindle is a great reading platform with a number of useful annotation features, but sometimes it's not enough.

I recently had to pull the notes from several Kindle ebooks, so I gathered together a dozen tools and decided to post a new version of my two-year-old post on Kindle annotation tools.

That older post focused heavily on Amazon tools like the email features in the Kindle apps for iOS and Android, and Kindle.amazon.com. This post covers just non-Amazon tools you can use to manage your Kindle clippings.

There are a wide variety of tools out there, including some as simple as the one that converts your myclippings text file into a CSV. (That sounds strange, I know, but if you use spreadsheets a lot then this would be a great first step.)

OneNote Clipper

Microsoft's note-taking app has a tool where you can clip a webpage and import it into a notebook. Evernote has a similar tool, and you can use them to snag your notes and highlights by going to kindle.amazon.com/your_highlights and clipping the page.

To be honest, I don't find either tool very useful; they grab the whole page rather than the key parts. A more focused tool would be better.

So I went out and found a bunch.

Kindle Evernote Sync

This is a python script which takes the myclippings text file and uploads each annotation in that file to Evernote as a separate note. This is distributed as a Python script, so it is recommended for the technologically challenged, and it is old, so I can't guarantee it will work.

But if you wanted to build your own tool, this would be a good place to start.

There's also a browser-based tool which I would like to recommend, only I could not get it to work.

Evernote Exporter

This is a bookmarklet-based tool that is designed to take your my clippings text file and spit out an EML file you can import into Evernote.

It used to work, but no longer does. I like the idea, though, so I am hoping someone will take it over and get it running again.

Kindle to Evernote

K2E is a Chrome app that will automatically upload your Kindle Notes and highlights to Evernote.

It costs $1 a month. I don't think it's worth it, but (to name one example) I can see how an author would want to use this type of automation with their beta readers.

I would prefer to manage the notes manually, which is I use the following tool.

Bookcision

This tool is installed as a bookmarklet, and you use it by clicking the bookmarklet while visiting the book's page on kindle.amazon.com.

Bookcision will reformat the page so you have a cleaner view of your notes, and you can then copy them to notepad (Chrome users can also download them).

And if you are using macOS, you have an alternative: Notescraper.

Calibre

Everyone knows that calibre is an ebook conversion and library management app, but sometimes some of its features are overlooked.

For example, it can manage the ebooks on your Kindle - and it can also collect and organize your annotations.

And it's not the only app with this feature.

DaleyKlippings

This is an open source software package that helps you import your Kindle’s “My Clippings.txt” into other programs. The system can be customized to output files in a wide variety of formats.

KindleMate

Kindle Mate is a neat tool with rich features designed to sync, organize, import & export Kindle clippings (Kindle highlights and notes) and Kindle Vocabulary Builder words on your computer.

Klib

This macOS-only app lets you import your notes from a myclippings file or from Kindle.Amazon.com. Once you have them you can manage them in the app, or export them in Evernote or Markdown formats. You can also use the app to open Kindle for macOS and read the note or highlight in the ebook it came from.

 

Clippings.io

This service rounds out my list, bit it is one of the ones you should try first.

This web-based service can integrate with your Kindle account and automatically import your notes (via a $2 Chrome extension). You can also automatically import the notes from your Kindle, or the the Kindle apps for iOS and Android.

Once you have the notes you can share them online, or export them in a variety of file formats. You can even automatically export them to Evernote.

About Nate Hoffelder (10619 Articles)
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."

4 Comments on A Dozen Tools for Managing Your Kindle Notes and Highlights

  1. All of the current Kindles (6th gen and later), Fire (4th gen and later), iOS and Android apps have ‘Export notes’ feature. There is little or no need for any of these tools.

    • What if you want to do something with those notes after you export them?

      And if my Kindle Paperwhite has an export notes option, i haven’t been able to find it.

      • On the Kindle you have to create notes before Export Notes option appears. Select GO TO from menu bar, the Notes tab, and tap Export Notes. You’ll get a PDF and a .csv file emailed to your Amazon email address, and then you can do what you will with the attachments.

        On iOS tap the Notebook icon to bring up notes and then tap the sharing icon. You can export to Flashcards or to Email, for the latter you pick Citation Style and it launches Mail and attaches an HTML file to that. You can email to your Evernote address so it goes directly into a particular notebook, for example. Android and Fire are similar, but you get all Sharing options, not just Mail, and Export is available for personal documents as well. Of course if you create notes on a Kindle you can export using a different device, since they will sync to cloud. It’s probably more restrictive on Kindle because it costs something for Amazon to process on a server and mail it to you.

        • Tom – that is correct but it only works with Amazon e-books, when I tried. However, in the Kindle app, you can export clipping of both Amazon and personal documents. As Amazon syncs bookmarks, notes and annotations of personal documents, it is possible to get your Kindle/Fire/Kindle app notes and highlights sent to your email, Evernote, Onenote etc.

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