How to Download Your Kindle Notes and Highlights and Export Them

How to Download Your Kindle Notes and Highlights and Export Them calibre Kindle Tips and Tricks Amazon has a great reading platform in the Kindle, but sometimes it's not enough.

Sometimes I need to take the notes I make in a Kindle ebook and use them elsewhere. Amazon doesn't make it easy for us to do that, but luckily there are other ways.

Earlier this week I needed to export my Kindle notes, so I did some digging and rounded up a few tools which would help me do just that. The tools range from the simple (copy+paste from a web browser) to the inaccessible (an iPhone app and a Mac-only script).

Edit: Actually, let's start with the one option so simple and obvious that I completely overlooked it.

Look in the documents folder of your E-ink Kindle and you'll see a file named myclippings.txt. This is a text file of all of the notes and highlights made on your Kindle (but not on the other Kindles or Kindle apps on your account). You can copy this folder to your PC and open it.

Boom. You can now copy and past your notes into other documents, emails, etc.

Let's start with the simplest. Did you know that Amazon has a special section on its website where you can view your ebook library (and more importantly, look at the notes and highlights you've made on the Kindle)?

Kindle.Amazon.com

The above link takes you to that section, and after you log in you'll see your reading habits as well as the reading history of other Kindle owners.

If you look along the top of the page, you'll see that one of the menu options is labeled "Your Highlights". Click it.

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This page will show you each ebook to which you've added a note or highlight. (It won't show bookmarks, darnit.) Click on one of the titles on the page to see the notes and highlights for a specific book.

You'll see a page like the following. Find and click the "Your Notes and Highlights" button to bring up the annotations you made:

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Once you open that page you can copy and paste a highlight or note. it works just like with any other webpage, and it is a quick and easy way to grab a single note.

But if you want to get more than one note at a time, here are a few tools you can try.

Let's start with my favorite.

Bookcision

This nifty little bookmarklet is simple and works great with Chrome. After you install it, you use it be opening one an ebook's highlights page on Kindle.amazon.com and then clicking the bookmarklet button.

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I like Bookcision because it works well with Chrome. With other web browsers, you can save the notes to the clipboard, but with Chrome I also get multiple download options (text, XML, JSON). The latter two options include a link to the note's location in the ebook.

But it's not for everyone, so here are a couple other options.

iPad-, Android-Only

The Kindle apps for iOS and Android have a feature which is not shared by the Fire tablets.

In the notebook menu, you will find an option to share your annotations by email.Here's what it looks like on the iPad:

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The notebook menu can be accessed from inside a book, but the way you find it differs between Android and iOS.

On iOS, click the “sheet of paper” icon in the upper right corner. The export button is in the upper right corner of the notebook menu. The exported notes don't look very good, but this trick does let you pull the notes out of even a side-loaded ebook.

On Android, click the "3 dots" icon in the upper right corner, and then select the Notebook option from the dropdown menu. You can either create flashcards or export the notes to Drive, by email, or by Android Beam.

Notescraper

This is an Apple Script based tool which basically does the same thing as Bookcision. It copies the notes from a book's highlights page on Kindle.amazon.com and creates local file on your Mac.

There are a couple versions of the Notescraper tool, including one which works with Evernote. But since I don't have a Mac, I can't comment on how well it works.

Speaking of Evernote, its webclipping can be used to import your notes and highlights.

Evernote WebClipper

This tool can be used to copy part of a page or an entire webpage into your Evernote account, and I'm told it works well to copy notes from a book's highlights page on Kindle.amazon.com.

But you might want to manually select the book notes though and copy and paste.  There's one report that the page has an infinite scroll built-in that messes up one user's Evernote clipper.

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And while we're on the topic, Microsoft's OneNote has a similar clipping tool. It takes screenshots so it's not nearly as useful, but if you already use that platform then it's worth a look.

Snippefy (iOS)

If you're an iPhone user, you might want to check out this app. According to the website, it is supposed to let you "read and share all of your notes and highlights in one place".

Unfortunately, I am unable to install the Snippefy app and confirm that it works. It won't show up when I searched for it in the iTunes app store on my iPad. But since the iTunes listing appears to be active, I am including this app just in case you find it useful.

Clippings.io

How to Download Your Kindle Notes and Highlights and Export Them calibre Kindle Tips and Tricks Here's another service I'm not sure I can recommend.

Clippings.io is supposed to offer an easy to use online service for managing your Kindle notes and highlights, but I haven't found a good reason to continue using it.

While I was setting it up, I noticed that this "free" service works with a Chrome plugin which costs $2 (you can also find the myclippings.txt file and upload it). That turned me off, and since it basically duplicates activities I already perform on my PC, I plan to close the tab and forget about it.

Calibre

And last but not least, calibre. This ebook library tool can not only send ebooks to your Kindle, it can also fetch the annotations from a Kindle - only there's a catch.

How to Download Your Kindle Notes and Highlights and Export Them calibre Kindle Tips and Tricks This only works when you have your Kindle plugged into your PC over USB.  And it apparently doesn't work for newer Kindles.

I found this trick while researching this post, and I also found a bug report which says that this feature doesn't work with newer Kindles. I can't get it to work with my Paperwhites, for example.

But since it might work for you, I'm including it here. Head on over to JetShred for instructions and more details.

Conclusion

All in all, there are a lot of tools out there that either don't work, aren't terribly useful, or are intended to work in only specific circumstances.

But I found at least one tool that I like, so I'm good.

Did you find one you could use? Did I miss one?

The comments are open.

image by Terry Madeley

About Nate Hoffelder (10940 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."

20 Comments on How to Download Your Kindle Notes and Highlights and Export Them

  1. Hi!
    I have some ebooks that are not showing up on my kindle account because I did not buy them through amazon. How do I get the notes from those books and other pdf files (from university readings) into a word document or a pdf file.

    Thanks.

    • That depends. What did you read on – a Kindle, Fire tablet, app, etc?

      There are special tricks for each option. The apps, for example, will let you share your notes from a book as an email.

  2. I’m finding it depends what format the non-Kindle ebook comes in as (I get review copies of business books and like to take notes). I have one that has come in as a PDF and I cannot see the notes in kindle.amazon.com or on iOs. The other has come in as a DOC and I can on ioS!

  3. I would like to report that the export to highlights feature is now accessible to the kindle fire hdx without rooting. The latest update 4.5.5.2 I believe has made this possible. I have tested it myself.

    PDF won’t work on kindle unless you use adobe reader to view and make highlights and export the saved document to your PC. PDF.. EPUB.. They are all completely different formats not handled by Anazon.

  4. I’d like to recommend a neat and free tool Kindle Mate for Windows to import and export your clippings(highlights and notes) and vocabulary words as well, as an offline alternative. http://www.kmate.me
    I am the developer and welcome any input. Pease feel free to let me know if you have any feedback or issues.

  5. Thanks Nate! It really helps. There also is a full list of Kindle clippings tool at http://wiki.mobileread.com/wiki/Kindle_Tools_Index#Clippings for your reference, besides of Kindle Mate.
    Looking forward to your further assessment update. Have a nice day! 🙂

  6. FWIW, the Calibre clipping fetch feature is working again in 2.63 for my PW3 — it was broken for me in earlier versions — but Kindle Mate is a much better solution.

  7. Thank you! Very useful.

  8. Hi!

    Do you know if the simplest way (copy text from myclipping.txt to any place you want) works with books not purchased in Amazon?

    I mean, if I have a epub book, convert it in mobi, highlighted it, and so on… This notes will be recorded in myclipping.txt?

    Thanks in advance!

  9. My notes/highlights are located on my kindle as “My Clippings.txt”. I found My Clippings.txt by plugging my kindle into my computer via USB. The Formatting of “My Clippings.txt” is pretty bad, so I made a python script that seperates notes by book, and formats everything a bit more nicely.

    You can find it here:

    When you download it, just place Kindle Clippings Parser V1.py into the same directory as your My Clippings.txt. Then open your terminal app (in Mac, hold Command and hit the spacebar, then type “terminal” and select the Terminal application that comes up). type “python ./”, hit space, and then drag and drop Kindle Clippings Parser V1.py into the terminal, and hit enter.

    That should run the program, and you should see one file of highlights/notes created per book.

  10. https://kindle.amazon.com/your_highlights

    Amazon has a nice web page to view all your notes and highlights. I believe this to be a very nice unadvertised feature.

  11. It seems like some of the other “turbulence” similar to this issue relates to porting Notes in Personal (non-Amazon) documents; and it seems that that is totally NOT supported by Amazon. I can imagine the reason being that they want people to buy Amazon -based or -marketed books. However, do you think it might be possible to induce them to perhaps develop an app that cost more than the normal, but yet would allow book enthusiasts to port &/or author their notes (or even push/pull/share them, like a book club!) wherever they want? I would be willing to pay $100 for such an app, if it lasted with support forever.. (Maybe I’m dreaming and should just go rights more fiction!)
    ..Thanks much for all your research!

  12. Thanks so much for this. I have been reading books on my Kindle for years and did not know that Amazon had a special place for viewing my highlights and notes. I have a Chromebook so the Bookcision works perfectly. Thanks again!

  13. hi! have you ever sent books (pdf files) to kindle by email? So I did it!
    I like to read it at the e-ink kindle. I have made a lot of notes on it. But for my surprise these files that we send by e-mail to e-reader kindle isnt showing up at other apps kindle or even at the amazon website.
    Do you have any idea how to solve this issue?

    • The ebooks should show up in the other apps; you just have to download them from inside the apps.

      And they do show up on the Amazon website – they’re just listed under docs (for personal documents).

      • I dont know what you mean by “download them from the app”. I send them by email to my kindle account. In my e-readed e-ink its showing up and I can read and manke notes, but theyare not showing up in any other device, since amazon or kindle PC. Even when I send it with “convert” in the subject email.

        • Let me see if I can show you where they are hiding.

          In the Kindle Android app, open the 3-line menu. Scroll down and select the option for “Docs”.

          That’s where your files should be listed.

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