How to Get Your Kindle Highlights into Evernote

When I read anything, I mark it up. Margin notes, circles, and, most of all, highlights. In fact, I buy highlighters by the box. Or at least I did, until I started reading so much on my Kindle.

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Amazon Kindle for Mac, Displaying Do the Work by Steven Pressfield

Now I use the Highlighter feature of the Kindle to mark passages. I also occasionally use the Notes feature to record my thoughts about a passage. (This is actually pretty cumbersome on the Kindle itself. I usually only do this if I am reading on my Mac. Then I can use my keyboard.)

I only wish that I could store all these notes and highlights in Evernote, which has become my digital brain. Well, now you can! It’s easier than you think. Just follow these nine steps:

If you are just getting started with Evernote, I suggest that you buy Brett Kelly’s remarkably practical e-book, Evernote Essentials, Second Edition. It is worth setting aside a couple hours to work through this brief, 95-page book. It will save you DAYS of learning Evernote on your own.
  1. Create your highlights as usual. This feature is different on each device. I find it easiest on Kindle for Mac or my iPad Mini.
  2. Log into your unique Amazon Kindle page. Who knew you even had a unique Kindle page? It contains a list of all your books, with links to the notes and highlights. You can even record your progress then rate the book. Your main page will look similar to this:

  3. Click on Your Books. This is at the top of your Kindle page. Choose this option instead of Your Highlights.

  4. It will narrow the display to notes and highlights for a specific book, once you select one. You should now see a page similar to this:

  5. Select the appropriate book. You can either search for it in the search bar at the top of the page or scroll down your list of books. Once you select a book, you will get a page that looks similar to this:

  6. View your notes and highlights. You will now need to click on the link that says, “You have XX highlighted passages …” in the top right-hand side of the page.

    Once you click it, you will see a page with all your highlights and notes. It will look similar to this:

  7. Click on the Evernote Web Clipper icon on your browser’s toolbar. Note: if you haven’t done this previously—and you really should—you can find the appropriate one for your browser here. On Safari, the web clipper looks like this:

  8. Select the appropriate notebook and tags. This is optional, of course. However, I store my Kindle notes and highlights in my @Cabinet notebook. I use the book notes tag. Keep in mind that Evernote automatically indexes every word in the note, so you don’t have to repeat key words as tags. Now select Clip article.

  9. Go to Evernote and make sure the new note is there. You might need to sync first. You can now add additional notes or delete unwanted material.

  10. Copy and paste your highlights to other applications as needed. I often use highlighted passages in blog posts, Keynote slides, speaking notes, or manuscripts. Anything is possible.

If you are disciplined about this, you can have near-instant access to all your book notes and highlights in Evernote. It really takes very little effort once you get the hang of it.

Question: What will you do with your Kindle notes and highlights once you get them into Evernote? You can leave a comment by clicking here.
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  • Josh

    I think this problem has finally been solved with some elegance. At least for people who use Kindle hardware. Check out Clippingsconverter.com, and my blog for instructions on how to use it with Evernote.

    Thanks Michael for getting me on to Evernote, and for inspiring me to find a way to integrate my Kindle clippings with Evernote.

    • Jchalmers

      I forgot to provide the link to my blog: http://joshchalmers.wordpress.com/2013/02/23/how-to-get-your-kindle-highlights-into-evernote/

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  • http://www.naomiscircle.org/ Kristi

    Has this changed in the last year and a half?  I went through your steps and my Kindle page shows others’ highlights first.  My own show up only on a pop-up screen which I can save, but then it covers up information about the book.  I am wondering if I am doing something wrong or if Amazon’s functionality has changed since you posted this in 2011.  Thanks!

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Yes, Kindle has changed the functionality. I need to update this post. Thanks.

      • http://twitter.com/bsheridan Barrett

        Please do! I really want to be able to do this but am confounded as to how to clip individual books with the new interface.

  • Gil Michelini

    Amazon has updated the page. Now go to
    https://kindle.amazon.com/your_highlights

  • Exkalibur

    Michael – your experience is a little different from mine, maybe because over this time, Amazon has changed the structure. When I click on a specific book to capture the notes, I get a page that includes all comments and notes from everyone who has shared them when I only want mine. It seems appealing when you see the option to click on the box, , which does show just yours but is NOT able to be captured by Evernote, which still insists on capturing the entire page.

    The only place I see just my highlights is when I click , but then you get ALL of the books you’ve read with ALL of the notes running together.

    All of this seems to require workarounds, none of which are particularly satisfactory.

    Do you have a different experience or are you doing something differently?

  • http://twitter.com/TeacherNicolle Nicolle Davis

    Wow! This is great. I often go back to the ebook and try to find notes that have connections or that I need to reference. This will take my highlighting and notes to a new level. Thanks

  • Ben Atkinson

    I see this is two years old, but apparently Amazon changed how it works. I can’t even copy paste them now. Anyone else having that issue?

  • Brian

    This is a fantastic tip! It’s a real oversight by Amazon. I’m using my kindle for some extra studies just now and when it comes to assignment time, it’s really hard to quickly and easily find things that you would have put a page mark in a physical book for. This work around with Evernote is genius…

  • http://www.facebook.com/fbahram Farnoosh Brock

    Excellent. I was going the long way of doing this by just importing “My clippings” into Evernote by plugging my Kindle into my Mac. Great to see this too, Michael. Very useful. Thank you so much!

  • http://twitter.com/robertkennedy3 Robert Kennedy III

    I needed to read this. I have wondered this to some degree while reading but never seriously pursued a solution. THanks for this. Going to share now.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Thanks, Robert.

  • Graham|

    Very interesting, but I was stopped at the first jump, the personal page is only available to amazon .com users if you buy your books in the UK for instance there is nothing recorded in your account……Shame

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      That is too bad. Amazon could do so much to improve Kindle and the user-experience.

  • Jacques Bornman

    Hi Michael! Shout out from South Africa! Thank you for the helpful post! I have tried using it on safari for mac but couldnt access my notes and highlights, but on Google Chrome it works beautifully. wonder if anyone could explain how that is possible?!

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Honestly, I am not sure. I don’t use Safari. Sorry.

  • http://www.walterwillis.net Walter

    Shame they changed the UI on this, Michael. I had a nifty script on my Macbook to do all of this automagically. Back to the drawing board. Thanks for posting this though – very helpful.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      I’d love to see your script if you revise it. Thanks.

  • http://growthdriven.com/ Robert Stover

    Bows knee to Michael Hyatt. I’m in your debt for this post! Thankyouthankyouthankyou.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      You’re welcome!

  • Penelope Silvers

    I love my Evernote and use it all the time. I use it for my content curation, and will now keep all my Kindle book notes in one place! This will be so convenient. Thanks for the education!

  • http://shaynechamplin.com/ Shayne Champlin

    Wow! That is so awesome. I have been remiss to use the bookmarks as much as I have wanted because I only thought that I could view my bookmarks on my kindle only.

    Thank you so much Michael!!

  • Ed Oyama

    This is phenomenal! I’m going to take this a different direction and just Pocket it too.

  • http://howsmarriedlife.net/ Briana Myricks

    Thank you so much for this tip! I had no idea I had a Kindle page and I use Evernote as my external brain.

  • http://soulofatlas.com/ Mark David Henderson

    I like having the highlights so that I can quote from a passage in my blog post.

  • Julia C. Campbell

    This is very helpful, but we have two Kindles registered to one Amazon account. Currently, when I do the instructions above, it goes to my husband’s kindle account. How can I set it to access MY Kindle? And why do they make this so difficult to do?

  • Diego Fleitas

    Thanks, it was very usefuel

  • Emily

    Is there a way to organise highlights by chapter, rather than having them in 1 single list? I have trawled the Internet for this, but it seems nobody has an issue with the lack of this feature.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      I’m afraid not. I would personally love to see that as well.

  • scottiegazelle

    I know this is an old post, but I wanted to share. I don’t really like the Kindle app, my ereader of choice is Moon+ Reader. But this post was making me seriously consider using Kindle.

    Then I did a quick search and found that Moon+ Reader has the same option, but in a much faster and better method; you essentially go to your bookmarks and click ‘share’, and it integrates with the Evernote app.

    The post that helped me (it’s not my blog) is:

    http://www.anamardoll.com/2011/06/ereader-highlights-and-notetaking-in.html

    Do note that, while the free version of Moon+ Reader is awesome, you can only export apps with the paid version, which at the moment is $4.99 on Android. But that also has a number of great features, including text-to-speak that a friend swears by, avoiding the need for buying ebooks.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      It appears that this app is only for Android devices, correct?

  • pdw

    I cut down the number of steps by clicking on “Your Highlights” instead of “Your Books”. All of your highlights will be listed, grouped by book, with the most recently marked book first. Select the text from the title of the book down to the last highlight in the book, and press Win+A (or whatever HotKey you have set up in Evernote Options/Hot Keys/Copy Selection). This will give you a note titled with the book title. You can add any additional notes/tags you like.

    It is super-handy to have your highlights in Evernote, especially if you have been reading several books on the same subject and don’t remember which contains the information you want. Search a keyword in Evernote, pull up the highlights from the book, and assuming you have Kindle installed on your computer, tapping the “read more at location” link will take you directly to the book so you can read the highlight in context.

  • Danny

    My question is this…I download manuscripts on to my kindle, these do not get on a list of Books that I am reading so I can’t use your method. Any ideas?

    • http://pdworkman.com/ pd workman

      Depends on your device. Are you using a Kindle, or the Kindle app on another device?

      If a Kindle device, access them through the Clippings file.

  • http://marleeward.com/ Marlee

    I just discovered this. It’s so insanely useful. Thank you, Michael.

  • Nathan

    Hey Michael, this is a great post and very detailed! it’s a fantastic way to extract Kindle highlights from my computer. Could I piggy-back on your post and share a resource that I think would be a nice add-on to this already cool tool?

    An iOS app call Snippefy http://www.snippefy.com/ can extract Kindle highlights and notes effortlessly. It also integrates with Evernote, Dropbox, and social media. For those who’d like to have their highlights on the go, I think this would be an ideal tool.

    Thanks for the opportunity to share it on your post :)

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Good to know. Thanks!

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      I signed up, but evidently, it is not available yet. I’d love to try it out.

      • Nathan

        Absolutely Michael. I will make a note and send you a promo code so you can play with it before its released in the App Store :)

        • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

          Great. I can’t wait to see it!

  • Richard Houwing

    How brilliant is that? Thank you soooooo much.

  • John

    Is there a way to automatically push Amazon’s annotations into Evernote?

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Not that I am aware of.

  • Ally Mc

    Thank you! You just saved me at least a few hours worth of searching for and typing up highlighted quotes for a paper. Wish I could buy you a beverage!

  • James Laker

    Not sure if you respond to these old posts but how come Kindle now does not let you see your whole highlight. Is there a way you know of to export the entire highlight. It’s frustrating that now at the end of each highlight it says read more at location…

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      I am not sure. SOmetimes, it has to do with the publisher not allowing Kindle to do it. They are attempting to protect their content.

  • http://crysticaro.com/ Crysti Caro

    Thank you! I am trying to do two book reviews and figured it out in the latest iBook release for books I bought there, but couldn’t figure out how to do it in the Kindle App. Thanks so much!

  • MikeMeisner

    Let me just tell you, this is one of the best Evernote tips I’ve come across. I was wondering how I could consolidate my Kindle highlights – there are so many gems in there – and organize them for easy reference. You solved it. Thanks for taking the time to share this.

  • Chris

    I read a lot of books that I check out from the library and download via Amazon. I checked the site and my notes are not there because I didn’t buy the book. What I do instead is highlight and then screen capture on my tablet, then SHARE the screen capture to Evernote.

  • http://seanoliver.brandyourself.com/ Sean Oliver

    Detailed guide. I just use http://www.clippingsconverter.com that automates the whole thing.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      I need to check this out. Thanks!

  • Geoff McDonald

    Brilliant! Thanks Michael. You’ve just saved me a couple of hours today. Thanks for the clear instructions.

  • Geoff McDonald

    Tip: When you copy from Evernote into another application you will get ‘Add a note’ and ‘Read more at Location…’ To remove these quickly paste into Word and ‘replace’ the text with nothing.

  • André Vitor Miranda Grilo

    Thank you Michael for your article. Very important for me. ;)

  • Jonathan Rubin

    Thanks for this. But when I click the link in Step 5, I get all my highlights from every book, not just the one that I had selected in Step 4. Am I missing something?

  • Linh Doan

    Thanks for the tips to put the highlights to evernote. I’m trying to use it for my writing

  • Jim Charanis

    Not sure if this has been posted and if this is a new feature but an easy way to do this: plug your kindle into your computer with the USB cable and navigate the directory – the file “My Clippings.txt” is there to copy back. I use Evernote and simply dragged this file into the app and its there. You can update periodically or copy and paste the sections for each book individually. You will also find PDF’s there if you have emailed them to your kindle as well.

  • sixxiron

    Great tip for my favorite app of all time – Evernote! Thanks for sharing this!

  • http://howtofaint.tumblr.com/ How to Faint

    What if you have annotations from your own documents uploaded to your Kindle? I can’t seem to find a way to pull those up on the Kindle site. Does Amazon just assume you don’t care about the hundreds of notes you’ve made in those?

  • Ken Lengel

    Quick question, how do you get your highlighted entry to display “Read more at loc 123 on your highlights page of the book? Thanks

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  • Dave Weitz

    Hi Michael~ Thanks so much for your input into my life. Here’s my question: when you bring all of your highlights and notes into your Evernote notebook, do you then separate notes and highlights into your “illustrations,” “quotes,” “humor,” and “statistics” notebooks, or do you just keep everything together? Thanks.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      I just keep them all together. Thanks.

  • Alease Michelle McClenningham

    Thanks so much for this wonderful tip!

  • Lauren G.

    Thank you! You saved me so much time!

  • Angela Rose

    Brilliant!