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.

Amazon Kindle for Mac

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:

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  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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  • RivkaK

    Or you can just use the Snippefy app (to be fair, that app didn’t exist when Michael wrote this article.) :-)

  • http://www.acgalarza.com A. C. Galarza

    Hi Michael, and thanks for the Info. But I seem to have a problem, may be you have 5 Min to give me a hand. I¨m reading a particular book and I’m sure I have more than 15 passages highlighted, nevertheless that is what the Kindle pagess on that particular book shows, what could be the problem? Thanks for your help. Armando

  • http://www.acgalarza.com A. C. Galarza

    Michael, thanks for the information!! However, it seems that I have a problem, may be you have 5 minutes to give me a hand. I’m reading a particular book and I’m sure I have more that 15 passages highlighted, nevertheless, that is what the Kindle page tells me. Do you know what the problem might be? Thanks!

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      I’m sorry, but the message you are getting didn’t come through.

      • http://www.acgalarza.com A. C. Galarza

        No problem, here we go again! Michael, thanks for the information!! However, it seems that I have a problem, may be you have 5 minutes to give me a hand. I’m reading a particular book in my Kindle and I’m sure I have more that 15 passages highlighted, nevertheless, that is what the Kindle page tells me. Do you know what the problem might be? Thanks!

        • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

          Usually, that is a limit imposed by the publisher—not Amazon, but the publisher. It’s frustrating, I know, but, thankfully, most publishers don’t throttle you like this.

          • http://www.acgalarza.com A. C. Galarza

            oh, that is sad! Well, I guess I´ll have to find another way to export my highlights! Thank for your help though! Greetings and keep up the good work!

      • http://www.acgalarza.com A. C. Galarza

        That is sad! Thanks for your help though! Greetings!

  • Charlotte Pierce

    Ah, that’s a discussion for Indie Office Hours (where +L Williams mentioned your article!): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GYfQkUkLktc

  • Michael Pierce

    Sounds like a perfect use for IFTTT, if only they supported Kindle or iBooks…

  • Meg Tufano

    Writing a book! And sharing a notebook with my cowriter! This tip is WONDERFUL! I may never buy a hardback book again!

  • Deborah Henson-Conant

    I was so excited to see this, tried it thanks to the fabulous documentation – and it all works for me ’til the part where I click “You have 84 highlighted passages” – which takes me to a page that says “You do not have any Kindle books associated with this account.” Sigh. Classic disconnected. I just SAW all the books associated with my account on the page. I just SAW the link to my highlights … but when I try to GET to them I get a message they don’t exist. Anyone else have this problem (and better yet, a solution?)

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      I wrote this post several years ago. The good news is that there is now an app that will do this for you. It’s called Snippefy.

  • Dylan

    Does this work for books on loan or checked out from a library?

    When I went to Your Highlights, it reports none even though I have dozens and had synced!

    • Dylan

      I just checked and it worked instantly for a book bought from Amazon!

      It also worked a freebie I downloaded via Amazon (an old public domain book).

      Maybe Overdrive library books are excluded? What a shame if so!