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 updated my four-year-old post on Kindle annotation tools, and I realized it was time to do this post as well. Much has changed in the past couple years since this post was first published; Amazon has added new features to the Kindle platform and some of the tools I found then are no longer supported by their developers (in fact, one or two tools in this post were simply abandoned and had their domains snapped up by gay porn sites).
That older post focused heavily on Amazon tools like the email export features in the Kindle apps for iOS and Android (which are now available on the Kindle and Kindle Fire). 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.)
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.
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.
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 might want to use this type of automation with their beta readers. This tool has not been updated since 2015.
This tool is installed as a bookmarklet, and you use it by clicking the bookmarklet while visiting the book’s page on read.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 (might) have an alternative: Notescraper.
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.
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. This tool has not been updated since 2014.
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. This tool has not been updated since 2017.
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.
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.
This service (which I first found as a Chrome extension) is a general purpose note and highlight manager. It can import your Kindle notes, but it also has extensions for all the major (as well as Safari). You can use those extensions to clip web content and essentially make an online notebook.
This is another annotation management tool. It just crossed my desk this evening, but I am told by its developer that Readwise uses a browser extension to automatically download your Kindle highlights from the cloud. It also works with Apple Books, Instapaper, Highly, and Medium (for articles), and other platforms.