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:

If you are just getting started with Evernote, I suggest that you buy Brett Kelly’s remarkably practical e-book, Evernote Essentials, 4.0. It will save you HOURS 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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  • http://www.shopmychurch.com Jason Stambaugh

    What won’t I do? Seriously thanks for the tip. Evernote has become a lifeline. 

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Yes, it’s one of those apps that seems to get richer the more I use it.

      • Anonymous

        I agree, I am learning to use if for more and more. I just have to put down the cash to get the Essentials and put it to use.

        • http://www.jeffrandleman.com Jeff Randleman

          Completely worth the purchase price!

    • http://twitter.com/jmhardy98 Jim Hardy

      Jason,

      You are exactly right. It is awesome.

      JIm

  • Ron Lane

    I don’t have a kindle, but this has me curious if I can do the something similar with Nook and iBooks.  I will have to check this out because it is great.

    Are you manually putting in books that you read that are actual paper books?

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      I don’t know about Nook. But, yes, I manually put in some quotes from physical books, but it is SO much hassle.

      • Anonymous

        Thanks Michael. I will have to check on it. That will make things a lot easier.

    • http://twitter.com/jmhardy98 Jim Hardy

      Ron,

      I use to pay a person a lot of money to do this for me. This process rocks and it is free.

      Jim

    • web2write

      You can highlight quotes in kindle ebooks also with every kindle-APP, you dont need a kindle reader :-)

      I read all my kindle-books on ipad and Mac!
      I export all of my highlight ti readmill as described obove.
      You can find my (particulary exported hightlights form kindle-books here:http://readmill.com/web2write

  • http://twitter.com/lagestee Len Lagestee

    Awesome tip…copy, paste, and re-format was getting old!  Thanks!

  • Bill Simmons

    Very helpful. My only problem is that I have not been able to get the evernote web clip on safari on my iPad. I’ve searched ever notes support. Any suggestions?

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      I don’t have any suggestions, other than to check the Evernote user forum.

    • Anonymous

      Bill there is an app for that!!! I just got an iPad this week and was wondering how to do it. Go to the app store & It is called MemClip It works great. You just follow the instructions on how to install & it works great! I just used it a few minutes ago!!!

      Mr. Hyatt – you may need to hire me as your app guru! This would be the 2nd time I knew something about Evernote that you did not. ;)

      • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

        Thanks for chiming in. I don’t have an iPad, so I am at a loss.

  • http://profiles.google.com/pastorbradgilbert Pastor Brad Gilbert

    Wow, thanks. I am just now getting used to incorporating Evernote and this will be a BIG help in sermon prep.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Great! I am using it for speaker prep, too.

  • http://wwww.wordpress.RichardBurkey.com Richard Burkey

    Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! John Maxwell taught over me 20 years ago to file away illustrations, quotes, and ideas. Evernote made that possible digitally, and even more readily accessible then the 7 file cabinets of materials I have collected. 

    Last year I picked up a Kindle for ease of reading when I travel, but my frustration was how to get the illustrations, quotes and ideas into my filing system. You solved the mystery. Thanks so much!

    • Joe Lalonde

      Richard, I’m trying to get into the habit of filing away illustrations, quotes, and ideas from books. However, it’s been difficult doing it consistently. Do you have any tips or suggestions on how to do this better

      • http://www.wordpress.RichardBurkey.com Richard Burkey

        I never read a book unless I have some  3×5 cards as bookmarkers, I use 1 to note illustrations/quotes to copy. (Others are used to jot down ideas and action steps to take.) I title the illustration, mark it. When I am done reading I hand the book to my administrative assistant and volunteers she gets to copy and files them. The advantage of the “prep” work already done when speaking on a topic, and grabbing a folder loaded with information has kept me motivated to develop this habit.

        The advantage of Evernote is it makes it easier to put in multiple topic areas. Webclib also has made it easier to mark and copy great blog stuff. Adding this to Kindle will be a great help. Hope that helps.

        • Joe Lalonde

          Richard, thanks for answering my question. I appreciate you taking the time to do that.

          I really like your idea of 3X5 cards as bookmarks. Currently, I just grab anything that is close by and use those as a bookmark. I think that will be changing and I’ll switch to something like the 3X5 cards.

          • http://twitter.com/jmhardy98 Jim Hardy

            Joe,

            you have to use the same system. Mike told us about the journals and scanning them it. It works well also.

            Jim

          • Joe Lalonde

            Jim, I’m not using Evernote yet. So it would just be me taking notes and filing them away. Most likely I would also type them into a word document.

        • http://twitter.com/jmhardy98 Jim Hardy

          I do the same thing, it works well.

        • http://www.jeffrandleman.com Jeff Randleman

          Great ideas!  Mine are similar:  I use a series of about four shapes that I make note with in the margins.  A Star for important passages, A checkbox for quotes, etc.  Then I use the extra page at the front or the pages at the back to note page numbers of the information that needs to make it into my files (read Evernote).  In a sense, I’ve created my own little user-index of the material that stood out to me, and it stayes with the book.  I found that I tend to lose things like 3×5 cards…

        • Openmindedpositivity

          I like this idea…

      • http://twitter.com/jmhardy98 Jim Hardy

        Joe,

        it has to be a habit. Make it a habit, you will not regret it.

        Jim

        • Joe Lalonde

          Thanks Jim. It is something I’m working on. One other problem I’m having with taking notes is that it slows down my reading and breaks my concentration. I’m not liking that but I do think it is good to make notes on what I’m reading.

          • http://www.jeffrandleman.com Jeff Randleman

            I used to be the same way, but now I find that taking notes actually increases my concentration, because I’m more engaged with what I’m reading.

    • http://twitter.com/jmhardy98 Jim Hardy

      Richard,

      I feel the same way, what  a great tool to use and to help us organize. Plus it keeps things right in front of you.

      Jim

  • http://www.warriorshepherd.com/blog Dave Hearn

    When I saw the title of your post, I was really hoping it was an easier process.  I love my Kindle, but I am looking forward to the next version and some improvements (one of which being Evernote integration)

    But still, I had no idea I could access my books and notes this way.  Thanks for that info.

    To answer your question, I’m using my Kindle notes to write my ebook.  

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      It reality is easy once you have done it once. Just make it part of your workflow. Finish the book, then take 60 seconds to do this.

    • Jim Charanis

      there is – plug your kindle into your computer with the USB cable and navigate the directory – the file My Clippings.txt is there to copy back.

      • Ed Oyama

        Hi Jim! Does this work with any Kindle? I think it used to work on my early gen b/w kindle, but I’m curious to know if it’d work with my Kindle Fire (non-HD).

        And which directory was the myclippings.txt file in?

        • Jim Charanis

          Hi Ed

          Fire is a bit different as its an Android device. My daughter has one so I tried this with hers. It doesn’t automatically mount on the desktop like a Paperwhite does.

          go here on the kindle page:

          http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html?nodeId=201240020

          I had to install the Android File Transfer app first on my Mac, there is also one for windows.

          I looked everywhere but couldn’t find the file. A search on help yield some frustrated folks but didn’t find a solution. will keep trying but no luck so far.

  • http://davidsantistevan.com David Santistevan

    Excellent. Never thought to do this. Accessing my highlights and notes has been my biggest frustration with the Kindle – I resist it for some reason. This will help me tremendously.
    Do you read more on the Kindle, Kindle for Mac, or Kindle for iPhone?

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Mostly on the Kindle itself.

      • Ed Oyama

        Which Kindle? :D

        • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

          When I wrote this (3 years ago), I was reading mostly on a dedicated Kindle. Now I read everything on the Kindle iPad app.

    • http://brevis.me Robert Ewoldt

      I read mostly on the Kindle itself.

    • http://stevencribbs.com Steven Cribbs

      I decided to go the route of an iPad and have enjoyed the Kindle App greatly – moreso than reading on the computer or iPhone.

      • http://www.jeffrandleman.com Jeff Randleman

        I haven’t really used it on the iPad yet, mainly since I own a Kindle…

    • Joe Lalonde

      I’m with Steven and also use an iPad for reading Kindle material. It’s nice as I can also use it to read Nook, iBook, and other forms of eBooks.

      • http://davidsantistevan.com David Santistevan

        Joe, what is your reasoning for reading all different forms of ebooks? To me that seems unnecessary due to the fact that amazon has the greatest selection. What do you think?

        • Joe Lalonde

          David,

          I agree that Amazon has a great selection of books. And I think it’s one of the best eBook apps for the iPad.

          My reason behind using different formats is fairly silly, but practical. I’ve found different books for free on different formats. If I want to read those books, I need to have the app.

          • http://brevis.me Robert Ewoldt

            I think, eventually, the e-book formats will be consolidated. Right now, we’re in a period of determining which products will survive. After that, then the formats will be narrowed down.

          • scottiegazelle

            Download Calibre to change the format of your ebooks to the app you prefer, and to organize your book collection.

      • http://twitter.com/jmhardy98 Jim Hardy

        I agree, the pad is easy to use also.

        Jim

    • http://twitter.com/jmhardy98 Jim Hardy

      I use the kindle also………….great tool and you can do this with ease. I just transferred all of my books in a few minutes.

      JIm

  • http://emuelle1.blogspot.com Eric S. Mueller

    That’s brilliant. Thank you.

    I’ve been using Evernote since Version 1, and I’ve never hit a limit for what can be done with it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Katherine-Harms/602268732 Katherine Harms

    I have never used Evernote, but I use my notes and highlights all the time. I use the USB cable and copy my notes to my computer. Then I do whatever I want. I have pulled out quotations for teaching aids. I suppose I should find printer paper like labels the size of 3×5 cards, but lacking that item, I simply set up a printing format the size of 3×5 cards on 8 1/2 X 11 paper and cut it apart. I hand out quotations to groups of people in a class and use them to spark discussion.
    I also use my quotations in blogs and blog comments.
    The keyboard on the Kindle is quite small, but when I am reading, I am always in coversations with the author, and I comment constantly. After I read a book, I pull those comments into a file on my computer where I can mine the notes for both quotations and comments. I use them in articles, blogs, blog comments and even book manuscripts. When I quote from a Kindle book, I use the Kindle location in place of a page number.

    • http://twitter.com/jmhardy98 Jim Hardy

      Katherine, I think you will find that Evernote is the best tool. Look at Mikes previous posts on how to set it up with files. It works well.

      Jim

      • Jim Charanis

        combining both sounds like the best idea – downloading via the USB and loading into Kindle for access.

  • http://Busyness.com Dr. Brad Semp

    Now this is something I hadn’t even considered, Mike.  :)  Thanks for sharing – great tip!

  • http://twitter.com/lukedsimmons Luke Simmons

    Thanks Michael. The only drawback that some may want to be aware of is that some books have a “Clipping Limit,” which means not all the highlights appear on your page. Amazon describes it this way: 
    For some books the publisher allows only a limited percentage of a book to be “clipped” and stored separately from the main body of the book, as normally happens when you add a highlight. If you exceed this limit then you will see fewer highlights on this website than you actually marked on your Kindle. Popular Highlights are not counted towards this clipping limit.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      I have only run into that once, but I tend to be a “judicious clipper.”

      • Michael Borgstede

        What I have also found is some books allow highlighting on my iPhone app but then do not come up on my Kindle page until I select “All Books” – which includes books I have purchased and wish list books (long list). Then when I go to the specific book nothing comes up of my highlights and there is no overall record in the upper right like in other books. But there is a small list of popular highlights. This seems strange to me. 

        Anyway – this means I can’t clip to Evernote by this method. Will contact support at Amazon to see why.

        • Anonymous

          Michael, I’m having the same problem … if you figure out a solution, please post it!

          • Michael Borgstede

            Figured out that you have to have the “Popular Highlights” turned on under Settings (I am using iPhone version) to sync all notes and highlights with Amazon’s website. So now I have my notes and everyone else’s. Glad it is working but maybe Amazon should create a few choices for this like, “Sync only personal annotations” “See all annotations” etc.

          • Anonymous

            Weird … because I already have “popular highlights” turned on, and yet I still don’t see my own highlights synced on Amazon’s page. Gotta figure this out because I LOVE the idea of this tip.

          • http://twitter.com/AnneMateer Anne Mateer

            Me, either. I wish I knew what I was doing wrong!

          • Reinhardt Haukenfrers

            ditto, also can’t grab highlights, only popular highlights show up when I search for a book I read and highlighted.

          • Gregor H.

            Having the same issue, so I contacted Amazon CS and they told me that:

            Bookmarks, highlights, notes, and clippings you make within a Kindle book are stored in your Kindle library on Amazon.com and can be viewed at http://kindle.amazon.com. The storage space provided for every customer is limited.

            In this case I see that you’re account reached the maximum annotations storage limit. I suggest you to remove some of the annotations or highlights, so that you can save highlights in future.

            Not very transparent by Amazon, I have to say…

          • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

            I don’t think the total amount of storage is limited but the amount of highlights per book is limited. This has to do with the publishers restrictions. They don’t want people highlighting the whole book and, in essence, getting all the text in a form they can duplicate. This was what I was told by another Amazon rep. I am a big highlighter, and it has only happened to me on one book.

          • Michael Borgstede

            This also repopulated my Kindle book list. So turning on “Popular Highlights” is actually a little misleading – it is actually making your Kindle software sync-able with the Amazon site (meaning is does more than just turn on “Popular Highlights”). Turned off there is no sync happening other than a new purchase of a book.

  • http://successbeginstoday.org/wordpress John Richardson

    Wow Mike, while this is a great way to get highlights and notes into Evernote, it’s also a great way to cut and paste quotations into a blog post and find other people by their Twitter names who have commented on the book. This is a HUGE time saver. Since you can’t cut and paste directly from the Kindle app, this is actually better. You just highlight as you read, and then go to your own Kindle page to summarize and write a review. This will be very helpful to all of your BookSneeze readers who need to write a book review. Thanks for saving me hours of time rewriting quotations!!!

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      You are welcome, John!

    • http://twitter.com/jmhardy98 Jim Hardy

      John,

      Great Idea. That will save a lot of time.

      JIm

  • http://jeremysconfessions.com Jeremy Statton

    Thanks for sharing this. I had not thought of using the clipper on the kindle site. I am still hoping that eventually Amazon will make it easier for you to import your highlights.

  • Sandy

    Great!  I just finished my last residency for my MA in Leadership.  I will use this for research for my final paper.  I’ve recently purchased an iPad and will be using evernote to record interviews etc.  Keep these tips coming! 

    • http://twitter.com/jmhardy98 Jim Hardy

      Yes, just make sure you have the correct page numbers for your references.

      Jim

  • http://www.jeubfamily.com Chris Jeub

    I started Evernote two weeks ago, largely because of your enthusiasm for it. I was previously using Google Docs as my in-the-cloud note-taking app. So far, I’m loving Evernote, and I can see why you are so enthusiastic about it. Perfect for my busy workflow. Once my busy season is over (end of summer), I’m going to take on a paperless life. Thanks Michael!

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Great! I am glad it is working out for you.

  • http://brevis.me Robert Ewoldt

    Michael, this will be a HUGE help for me!  I had no idea that I could do this.  I use book quotes all the time in my posts, so this will be a huge time-saver.  Thanks.

  • http://www.forward-living.com W. Mark Thompson

    Interesting. So much versatile technology working together. I’m still in the Evernote Essentials stage. Printed it the other day and working through it. But I’m keeping this wealth of information handy for the future. Thanks for sharing!

  • http://www.jdeddins.com JD Eddins

    WOW! Thanks forr sharing this.  I love using my Kindle and have only used Evernote a few times, but know this will get me into using it much more often.

  • http://twitter.com/joeholland Joe Holland

    Up until now I’ve been getting my quotes into Evernote by transferring the My Clippings text file from my Kindle to my Macbook by USB sync.  I copy the file and then delete the contents on my Kindle to avoid duplicates later.  Once on my Macbook the file goes straight into Evernote.  Because Evernote’s ninja search capabilities I don’t even have to break up the long text file.  I may try this technique to see if it speeds up the process.  Thanks.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      This will definitely speed up the process. I have done it both ways. Thanks.

  • http://www.touchtheskye.org Chris MacKinnon

    Another item to take out of the Word docs. Thanks for passing this along. I really like how you select them in each individual book. One of my few complaints about the Clippings feature on the Kindle is that it jumbles everything together. Very helpful, thanks.

  • http://www.thinveil.net Brandon Vogt

    I wonder, though, if anyone has figured out how to move highlights from non-native Kindle eBooks into Evernote.

    I read a number of galley copies which are often sent in PDF form, which I then convert to “.mobi” using the Calibre software. I transfer the book to my Kindle and, though the formatting is often skewed, I can still read it, highlight it, and take notes.

    However the personal Amazon Kindle page seems to only track highlights you’ve made on books you’ve purchased through Amazon…..

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Yes, that incorrect … unfortunately.

      • James Taylor

        But you can get your hands on your highlights from non-amazon books by plugging your kindle into your computer and copying across your clippings file (a .txt file I believe). Then you can copy and paste your clippings from non-amazon books directly into Evernote from there.

        • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

          Yes, that is true. It’s just more work.

    • http://brevis.me Robert Ewoldt

      Hmmm… that will probably be a snag for me, too. I have a bunch of books on my Kindle that I didn’t purchase through Amazon.

  • Andrea

    Oh my! Just last night I was struggling to do just this. I was on my iPad and tried to figure out a way to email or copy and past into Evernote. I finally gave up. Tonight I’ll have to go back to the passage I wanted to mark up and send it on to Evernote!

    I’ve been trying to move more and more of what I do to Evernote, By day, I’m a SAP Technical Trainer/Instructional Developer and my life is documents, writing, and keeping up on the latest and greatest technology/learning theory.

    By night, I’m the Fiberguru, and I’m working of blog posts, new designs, and the classes I’m developing. So once again, I live in Evernote at night as well.

    Now here’s a question for all of you…

    How do you mark up your PDFs and then get them into Evernote? Via Computer, Tablet (in my case iPad), or Smartphone?

    Cheers,

    andrea

  • Reid Matthews

    Thank you, Michael.  I will start using this today.

  • Joe Lalonde

    It’s amazing what can be done now with Evernote and other applications. Thanks for sharing this great tip.

  • http://justinwoulard.com Justin Woulard

    This one tip will probably move me to reading mostly on my kindle.

  • http://twitter.com/AnneMateer Anne Mateer

    I am so interested in making this work, but I must have a setting wrong somewhere because the things I highlighted on my kindle device don’t show up under “my highlights” on my unique kindle page (which I am now glad I know is there!). Anyone know what might fix this?

  • http://somewiseguy.com ThatGuyKC

    I love the Highlight feature on the Kindle, but you’re right about the notes. It’s a little dodgy on the device itself.

    Thank you for the continued Evernote tips. I’m on the verge of buying the book now. :)

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  • Anonymous

    This doesn’t get the clip from the book in, but it does clip the link directly into Evernote as well as the note:

    Link your Evernote account to Twitter. When you’ve got a highlight and a comment, have your Kindle share it with Twitter using the direct message to myEN. This creates a note in my “Inbox” notebook on Evernote.

    This works with my flow, because then I go into Evernote and process through any emailed-in or twittered-in notes and my Kindle notes are there to process as well. The link that’s in the message opens the same website you’re referring to, and I can copy or discard the notes. Just another direction to work through the system.

    • http://twitter.com/jmhardy98 Jim Hardy

      Yes,

      that is correct.

      Jim

    • http://brevis.me Robert Ewoldt

      Interesting idea…

  • Rusty Castleman

    You mentioned “Read This Before Our Next Meeting”…. the Kindle edition is actually FREE right now at Amazon for a limited time. I subscribe to Michael Gallagher’s blog (auto delivered daily to my Kindle for $0.99/mth) and he highlighted this book yesterday. In the past year I’ve downloaded almost 400 free non-fiction books I’ve learned about on his blog. “Do The Work” was also one of them. If you have a Kimdle, check out his blog.

    • http://twitter.com/jmhardy98 Jim Hardy

      Thank you. I just got it.

      Jim

  • http://twitter.com/drpoulette Dennis Poulette

    Wow. This makes citing for papers so much easier. I just wish it included the page number instead of the location number. (Maybe it does and I didn’t see it).

    • http://lifeallin.ent Jacob Musselman

      I completely agree! I’ve noticed some of my books list a page number when I read on my iPhone. But since I’ve started doing a lot of my school reading on the Kindle not having page numbers bums me out sometimes.

    • Anonymous

      Someday, Turabian/MLA/APA and the great citation gurus will catch up and allow us cite digital locations alongside citing a digital edition. After all, if you’re going to check a quote on a Kindle, you can find it just as well with a location number as with a page number.

  • http://cindygraves.wordpress.com/ Cindy

    Thank You!!!! I finally got this to work (after 3 hours). Once my Kindle, my Amazon page/account and I all got on the same page it was a breeze! You have saved me many headaches and much frustration. So thankful for your wisdom and helpful hints.

    • Anonymous

      Cindy, can you explain HOW you got it to work? I’m guessing I am having the same issues you may have had.

  • Guest

    Thanks!

  • http://blog.fuzzboard.com Christion

    Wow, Evernote is amazing… and I had no clue I had a Kindle page. Thanks!

  • http://stevencribbs.com Steven Cribbs

    I use highlights and quotes for blogging and teaching.  And, I have been frustrated in the process of getting highlights from my Kindle App into Evernote and other processes.

    I had resigned myself to thinking I would just have to retype any quote that I wanted to use – dreading (or should I say avoiding) the longer quotes.  Thanks for showing me that capturing highlighs can be done.

    This just brightened my day.

    • http://www.jeffrandleman.com Jeff Randleman

      I can so relate…

  • http://www.jasonvana.com Jason Vana

    Great resource and instructions, Michael! Thanks for this.

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    I love my Kindle and Evernote is fast becoming a favorite app.  Thanks so much for the post.  I think I can spend most of the afternoon reading this and your related evernote posts!  And thanks for the tip on the e-book.  Good stuff!

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  • http://twitter.com/KLOlund Kyle L. Olund

    Very cool, Mike. I’m just beginning to scratch the surface of Evernote’s capabilities. So far I love it, especially now that I can upload notes I write in my LiveScribe notebook into my Evernote account. I did notice on one of my Kindle books, though, that there is a restriction to the amount of text clipped. On my Amazon Kindle page, I read: 

    “For some books the publisher allows only a limited percentage of a book to be “clipped” and stored separately from the main body of the book, as normally happens when you add a highlight. If you exceed this limit then you will see fewer highlights on this website than you actually marked on your Kindle. Popular Highlights are not counted towards this clipping limit.”

  • James Derflinger

    Great post thanks.  Always learning so much from you.

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  • http://twitter.com/aleelee aleelee

    Thank You!  I have been looking for a way to do this.  

  • http://twitter.com/CoachTheresaIF Theresa Ip Froehlich

    For 2 years, I’ve been trying to convince my husband I need a Kindle. No success yet. Michael, this feature you just shared is my dream come true. Perhaps if I tell my husband Michael Hyatt uses Kindle and Evernote, it will help. :)

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      It’s worth a try!

    • http://brevis.me Robert Ewoldt

      The Kindle is definitely worth the cost… I’ve converted over to reading most of my books on my Kindle. I can take a huge number of books with me wherever I go.

  • http://www.michaelhsmith.com Michael H Smith

    This is great…I knew there had to be a way and so glad you did the leg work and shared the knowledge.

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  • http://financialplanningapprentice.com Robinson Mertilus

    I use both evernote and the kindle. This will come in handy. I have already gone in to added the evernote plugin and saved my kindle notes. Love it! Thanks.

  • http://twitter.com/JesseLahey Jesse Lahey

    I have been using Evernotes for over a year. I probably should have bought Evernote Essentials a long time ago; I finally bought it a month ago and read the whole thing, but I don’t feel like I learned much that I didn’t already know.

    However, I just got a Kindle this month, so this tip to get my Kindle highlights into Evernote is most helpful — thanks!

    BTW, I tried the new Nook Simple Touch first, and though I loved the intuitive touch screen, the overall experience just was sub-par compare to the Kindle … so I returned the Nook at the end of 15 days. The Barns & Noble website falls way behind Amazon’s … searches were very clunky, the website experience was not well intergrated with the Nook (for example, the wish lists on the website were not synced with the Nook device, and searches for free books brought up mostly erotic novels with no obvious way to exclude them from future searches). Plus, the Kindle has a 30-day return policy, so I don’t feel as rush to make a decision on whether to keep it. And one more thing … I love the lighted cover, though it seems over-priced.

    • http://twitter.com/jmhardy98 Jim Hardy

      The kindle is awesome, but I do believe that they are coming out with a new one soon.

      JIm

    • http://brevis.me Robert Ewoldt

      I love the lighted cover on my Kindle, too.

  • dscheidemantle

    Here’s another fast way if you have a PC.  Install Kindle for PC and also install a free program called  “Click.It” (from the Evernote Trunk).  Then just select the text from Kindle for PC that you want in Evernote, type control + c, and click the Evernote icon. 

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  • Craig Kennedy

    Another neat trick if you use an ipad: For diagrams in non-fiction books. Enlarge the diagram, then take a screen shot by pressing home and power button together until you hear a click. Then go to your Photos on your Ipad and email the screen shot directly to your evernote email address!

  • http://www.dwaynes--world.blogspot.com Dwayne Morris

    I read back through my highlights and identify a keyword for each one, then create an index and then add too a master index for quick retrieval for talks, blogs, etc.

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  • Kristen

    This is brilliant. It will make book reviews a lot easier. I think my primary use, though, will be for capturing story ideas as I read books I read for background research on my novels.

  • http://www.jeffrandleman.com Jeff Randleman

    This is a great resource!  I haven’t read much other than fiction on my Kindle because of just this obstacle.  Thanks for the  information.  I have really appreciated your Evernote posts!

  • http://www.voppa.com/ voppa

    THIS IS AWESOME!!! I was always frustrated with reading Kindle books on my iPad and then not being able to use my highlights in messages. Seemed just WRONG to not be able to copy and paste on an electronic device. Thanks Michael

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  • Anonymous

    You know this would be a whole lot easier if that just have a copy option after you highlight like in the YouVersion Bible app. :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Rebecca-Tolley-Stokes/653447189 Rebecca Tolley-Stokes

    This was SO helpful. Thank you, thank you, thank you. Sorry for the redundancy. I’m usually not so amazonically challenged, but I had not activated that part of my amazon/kindle account and had no clue how to access my highlights apart from reading them on the kindle.  You are a blessing, kind sir!

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  • http://twitter.com/wpmjones Patrick Jones

    I only wish there were a way to get the content of the highlights into Evernote, but have it dynamically update when I add new highlights.  As it stands now, I have to wait to finish the book, then clip the full page into Evernote so that I can do keyword searches.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Yes, that would be cool. Thanks.

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  • Brad Schrum

    This what made my wife and I spring for a cheap Android tablet—so we could use the Kindle app and Evernote. After I finished my first e-book, I went to put my highlights into Evernote, only to realize that the last portion of my highlights weren’t showing up….the clipping limit got in the way….it’s a shame.  Really limits the usefulness for me…

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  • http://twitter.com/DanielHanzelka Daniel Hanzelka

    Thank you for this post just yesterday I wanted to copy something from my kindle when I was reading Resolution for Men and learned that I can’t. Well thanks to you I now know how to this will be great now I will be able to do it.
    Again thank you for your posts. Learned much from from you.
    Praise God for people like you.

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  • Russell Woodbridge

    Thank you for the tip. It works extremely well.

  • http://twitter.com/ReWorkPro ReWork Project

    Great stuff as always. Anyone know how to make this work with Kindle shared accounts?

    We have 5 staff members sharing a church  Kindle account. When you go to the Amazon Kindle Page it looks like it is only showing one of the Kindle devices highlights and notes. There doesn’t seem to be a way to select the notes/highlights from a specific device. And the Amazon Kindle Page doesn’t aggregate all the notes/highlights from the multiple devices.Any thoughts?

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Yea, that’s the problem. The intention is for the account to be for one person on five devices. My wife and I ended up getting separate Kindle accounts, so we could keep track of our own notes and highlights.

      • http://twitter.com/jacobvanhorn Jacob Vanhorn

        So I downloaded Kindle for PC and after it loaded it showed ALL the highlights from all the devices on our account. Then I logged back into the Amazon Kindle webpage and all highlights from all devices are now all showing up. There doesn’t seem to be a way to pull up notes/highlights for separate devices, but at least they are there. And you can still pull up a specific book and clip that pages highlights. So still useful. Thanks Michael.

        PS: I am also ReWork Project, was signed into that Twitter account on the first comment.

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  • Dan Wedgewood

    Google search … your article … great info. *Thx.

  • Randi

    Thank you for all of your posts about evernote! Seriously, when I want to do something with evernote I check your site first. Your instructions are easy to follow :)

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Great. I’m glad to hear it!

  • Excelconsultation

    Or, you could just use Klippings Kollector which is designed specifically for this textual analysis and organizational process with the Kindle.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Heath-Mullikin/617389505 Heath Mullikin

    How do I get other documents and books not purchased on Amazon to show up on my Kindle page?  Does it just show books purchased on Amazon?  Sorry if this was already addressed.  Thanks for the tip!

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      I am afraid that it only works with Kindle books you purchased from Amazon.

  • Sarah Schilling

    Besides a low- or no-cost library rental system for e-books, being able to save e-notes was my main holdout for buying a Kindle or iPad. C’mon, libraries!

  • jim

    We are pleased to announce you can you upload all of your notes to evernote via http://www.clippingsconverter.com
    see our blog post here

    http://www.clippingsconverter.com/Kindle-Clippings-Blog/Export-Kindle-Clippings-To-Evernote

  • Jason

    This is huge. Thanks a ton! I use your site for lots of productivity insights… you change the flow in our office every few weeks :-)

  • Diana

    Your instructions helped me to retrieve my notes and highlights from my kindle books!  I’m truly grateful!

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  • http://www.jeffrandleman.com Jeff Randleman

    Sermon resources.  Incredible access to my notes for sermons!

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  • http://www.carrynotes.com/ Carrynotes

    Thanks for sharing nice information. You can also try another note taking app i.e. http://www.carrynotes.com to remember, manage and keep track of notes for free

  • Cnbcyrus

    Great tip! Thank you so much!

  • Stephen Said

    I think I am in love. Brilliant. Thanks so much for this. I use Kindle quotes extensively but bringing that functionality and the Evernote web clipper together was a stroke of genius. Thanks again.

  • Anonymous

    Mike, I am obviously behind the learning curve. I installed Evernote as a result of your blog, but barely used it. I recently started a self-education process reading the same sorts of books used in Masters of Theological Studies… and that blog is in Octopress on Heroku (which makes it effectively free).

    From that, I decided to see if I could port my personal web site the same way, but that meant I had to have a way to archive off dozens of snippets I’ve recorded through the years. So, I decided to try Evernote again. Simply put, Evernote’s capability is one main reason for the sustainability of my personal wiki for the past, er, 14 years.

    Found this page by a mix of knowing your site and the Evernote community. The capability you’re “peddling” here is exactly what I need for my personal reading program. But, it’s making me rethink my focus on paper books.

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  • NunnieSimons_009

    thanks for the wonderful article Michael, I hope you can also feature http://www.clippingsconverter.com if you have the time (not sure if you already featured similar tools in your blog), I find this site useful in converting kindle clippings to other convenient formats (word, pdf, etc and also publish to evernote). 

    thanks and please continue sharing useful information. 

    Greetings,

    Nunnie

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Thanks for making me aware of this.

  • http://twitter.com/supertx Michelle

    I’ve just started using Evernote and this is a great tip, especially for bloggers who want to quote from a book.

  • Belle

    for uploading “my clippings” to evernote, free online tools such as http://clippingsconverter.com can also be used.  just my share.  :)

  • Dave Schoeff

    I was very excited to stumble across this tip. Unfortunately, it seems that Notes and Highlights from the Kindle Fire don’t show on my Kindle page. The Kindle Fire books only show when I click the All Books option, and they’re noteless (horrors!). It seems that the books on the Fire aren’t considered Kindle books. The only books with notes are those I read on my old Kindle. The odd thing is, I know the notes are in the cloud because I can see them in the PC Kindle version that I use on my computer.

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    Amazing write-up! This could aid plenty of people find out more about this particular issue. Are you keen to integrate video clips coupled with these? It would absolutely help out. Your conclusion was spot on and thanks to you; I probably won’t have to describe everything to my pals. I can simply direct them here!

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  • http://b2bformula.com David Rosen

    You’re my hero for posting this.  Kindle & Evernote are the two major ways I track case studies in my work.  Thanks!

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  • Jason kanz

    Here’s my gripe as an uneducated user. I have several dozen books in Kindle that I have read on my ipad. I have made notes and highlights. When I go to kindle.amazon.com, it shows many books under “My books”,  but not all Kindle.  Some are paper books, some are from my wish list, etc. When I do click on one of my Kindle books, it only shows popular highlights, not those that I have made.  What, oh what, am I doing wrong?  

  • Marie Whitehead

    This is awesome!!! I don’t have a Kindle but use the iphone kindle and android tablet kindle and all the highlights show up. I avoided highlighting as I didn’t know how I was going to get those highlights into a digital form without typing them in myself- which never really happens. Just tried it and can’t wait to highlight more…

  • http://www.jackiebledsoe.com/ jbledsoejr

    This is AWESOME!! Thanks for posting. I have the Kindle app on my Android phone and the Kindle Cloud Reader. I have read a book or two using it, but just last night I decided I want to use it more and begin to highlight and take notes. Now with this info I can organize all my notes in my brain (uh I mean Evernote).

    It also leads me to believe I can do the same thing with my YouVersion Bible app for Android, which can also be accessed in my web browser. I can probably use the same technique. Have you tried this Michael? Or has anyone else?

  • http://www.facebook.com/dannymaldonado Danny Maldonado

    Thank you Michael! This opens a lot of material for me. Thanks again.

  • Catherine Cunningham

    Michael,

    You are AWESOME !!  This is just the help I need.  Thank you so  much for your work.

    Namaste….Cathy

  • web2write

    Thank you for your very very useful instructions!

    The connections between different FREE online-Tools is very important for open social networking and sharing for resources!
    another very intersting way of sharing kindle highlight is possible with readmill, you find the instrctions here:
    http://readmill.com/bookmarklet
    Heiko Idensen

  • http://www.wordandmouth.com/ Dave Thackeray

    This functionality is stellar. Yet once again it is not available in Europe.

    Still no Amazon Fire. The list goes on. And it’s for this reason I feel Amazon stinks.

  • Cate Mac

    This was extremely helpful and just what I needed.  Quick and Easy! Thank you.

  • http://twitter.com/ReidThis .Reid.

    I have one problem. When I click on my books in my Amazon Kindle Page, my highlights come up, but they are all incomplete, shortened versions. They have links to take me to the page the read the entire highlight, but when I export it into my Evernote account, all I get is partial highlights. Does anyone know how to fix this????

    • http://TillerFamily.org/ John Tiller

      Hey Reid,
      My highlights have a link to the passage in the book where I highlighted, but I don’t have incomplete, shortened versions of highlights on my page.

      I would call Amazon support at 1.866.321.8851 if you are still having the problem.

      I hope this helps!

  • Dani

    Thank you so very much, Michael! Now I can get the Kindle version of several books I need for research — I’m an AVID highlighter and researcher on hard copy and with all the techno gadgets I have and as tech savvy as I like to think I am, I’d rarely use my printer — this is an absolutely awesome bit of info — thank you!!!!!!!!

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      You’re welcome, Dani.

  • Mrkenspencer

    I’m storing files into dropbox and google drive such as word docs. Is it a good idea to store docs in Evernote? If so how as you don’t have folders. Would appreciate you reply to mrkenspencer@gmail.com as I found this site by pure chance. Thanks ken from the UK

  • Mark Barros

    Great tip Michael! 

    Love digitally highlighting things because it doesn’t mark-up the book but I hate having my notes and highlights locked-up on Amazon. :)

    For Android users, the Buzzworthy app lets you export your notes and highlights to email or Evernote as well, in addition to letting you share favorite quotes to facebook, Google+ or twitter.

    -Mark

  • Pipeacosta

    Great tip !!! Thank You. I will create mind maps of my highlights for each book read.  

  • http://www.communicatejesus.com/ Steve

    This is a great tip Michael, thanks. 

    To reduce the amount of clutter, I’ve also been highlight the highlights (so to speak), so that only this text comes across to Evernote.

  • http://twitter.com/pastorcope Jeremy Copeland

    This specific post is what has convinced me that reading from my ipad is the way to go – saving notes like this. I’ve been doing that for a few months now.

    I just finished Platform and really loved it. Since I bought it early I went ahead and downloaded the .mobi file and read it on my ipad kindle app. Unfortunately – it seems that this clip and save method won’t work because amazon kindle doesn’t sync .mobi files! 

    Any suggestions? Kind of frustrating.

  • Aman

    Hi there, nice write up but I have a question about “Clippings limit exceeded”.

    How do I see all my highlights as apparently I have exceeded the clippings for that particular book.

    Do you have any ideas. Thanks.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Unfortunately, that limit is set by the publisher. Neither Amazon nor you can do anything about it. Sorry.

  • Robert

    This is wonderful! I’m also an advocate of Evernote but did not know where to find my highlights in Kindle. Thank you for sharing this. I love being able to outline what I’ve read for sharing and future reference. Now I can do that WHILE I am reading rather than doubling-back. 

  • Carol E Leader

    Hi. This morning I bought Brett Kelly’s Evernote Essential that you highly recommend on your page  and have my paid receipt from Pay Pal. There is no contact details on Brett’s page so I am contacting you hoping you may be able to help as this book has not been E mailed to me – although I understood it would be on it’s way in minutes. 
    Can you advise?

    Many thanks

    Carol Leader (London UK)

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      I don’t know what to suggest other than to check your spam folder. This is the first complaint I have ever had. Sorry.

  • http://twitter.com/ping2ling Eileen Zhou

    Thanks for this tip, but what if your notes are on a .mobi file that you opened directly from email in your iPad? 

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  • http://www.qualitywriter.com/2010/ phildunn

    I’m not so sure this is such a great tip, Michael. Why not just bookmark kindle.amazon.com. There’s not much difference with cut & paste from either source. They both look the same, and you’ve added all these little plugin steps.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      One of the things you get in Evernote is the ability to search with everything else you are storing in Evernote.

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    This. Is. Genius.

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  • Hugh O’Donnell

    Hi Michael,

    For an overview of my notes, I used Evernote “Clearly” on the Amazon notes page and sent it directly to Evernote. All the links, even notes on Kindle, are preserved.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Now that is way cool! How did I miss it? Thanks for posting about it. I have installed on Chrome.

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  • http://profile.yahoo.com/AW6HVVTD3PVEOZGXDEGAQP6YSY GILLIAN

    Does Evernote have a eBook template I as an author can write my eBooks about faith!, then simply uploade into Amazon eBook publisher, Its a texting mindfield trying to avoide templates that make the simple more difficult!, please tell me that you have an eBook template to write a Kindle book or and a, document which simply when completed is ready to upload into Amazon.
    I am an artist / sculptor and need to past my pictures into my novel, and move them around the page then add poem. 
     

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/AW6HVVTD3PVEOZGXDEGAQP6YSY GILLIAN

    Does Evernote have a writeing template for an eBook Kindle, as an artist/sculptor/author I would find it simple, if I could write, insert my graphics, story of faith!, and poems, being able to move my graphics around on the page, and eddit text if 

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Not that I am aware of. Evernote is probably the wrong tool for this need.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/AW6HVVTD3PVEOZGXDEGAQP6YSY GILLIAN

    Hi Evernote its Gillian again excuse the quick exit in my last comment!, and eddit text if I need to then simply upload into the Amazon web site to uploade eBook into their sales dept!,
    I would realy be blessed if you have a template in Evernote, which I could do all this on it seems sencible to an eBook author to have this at hand.
    Thank you for your help Gillian. 

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      It appears that you have mistaken this for the Evernote Support Forum. You can find that forum here.

  • Avrlind

    Two words: TOTALLY AWESOME!!!!!

    I have been highlighting Kindle books for ever thinking it was a waste of time because “there was no way to export them”. Thank you for showing me that I can. This just saved me uncountable hours.

  • Pongitte

    I knew someone had already created an easier way to transfer Kindle highlights and notes. Thanks for sharing. You’ve just saved me from ever having to type up passages again. It will help with lecture notes for my literature classes. Thanks.

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  • http://twitter.com/MarkusWatson Markus Watson

    This is brilliant!  I’ve had Evernote for several years, but haven’t ever really used it.  As a pastor, I can now easily search, not only non-fiction books, but even my fiction books for quotes that might work in a sermon.  I’ll probably start reading fiction with more of an eye toward quotes I could use, now that they’ll be easily accessible.

  • Guest

    apparently amazon removed the ability to see your highlights summarized per book and all my old links in evernote only bring back the public comments for the particular book. any idea why?/is there a workaround? Thanks in advance!!

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Yes, this seems to have changed. But it still works. Go to your individual book page on the web. Then, in the upper right-hand corner, you’ll see a link that says, “You have xx highlighted passages.” Click that. You should now be looking at just your highlights and notes for that book. It’s not as pretty as it used to be, but it works. Thanks.

      • http://twitter.com/bsheridan Barrett

        When I click that link from an individual book it now seems to take me to the page with highlights from *all* books.

  • Akhmobile

    Thanks for this page – I was looking for a way to copy and past highlights into research docs  - resolved thanks to your article.

  • pdshop

    I have tried this method, but when I click on the evernote clipper in my browser, it does not show the individual book, it shows my Kindle collection and shows all my highlights and notes for all books, and then it will not allow me to clip them over to evernote – it leaves a blank note.  Did something change?

  • Carsonbird

    This was incredibly helpful. Thanks!

  • http://twitter.com/unfoldthesoul Ken Williams

    I am in your debt for this one….I’ve read googobs of books and was literally looking at my calendar and overwhelmed by the idea of maybe having to take a week off to literally cut and paste each highlighted note into Evernote.  Thank you for making the time to post this information!

  • http://twitter.com/unfoldthesoul Ken Williams

    I am in your debt for this one….I’ve read googobs of books and was
    literally looking at my calendar and overwhelmed by the idea of maybe
    having to take a week off to literally cut and paste each highlighted
    note into Evernote.  Thank you for making the time to post this
    information! 

  • http://twitter.com/georgetvai George

    I find it annoying to go through all the wierd manual ways to try and get my kindle highlights. I highlight ALOT and often forget things, so what i have to do is go to Amazon’s Kindle page but there my highlights are presented as “quotes” which aren’t really helpful to me. This method works well if you use Evernote!

    I prefer to grab the highlights and just export it to my mail and subsequently sort it out from there though because i usually want to go from start to end of a book. I use the k-highlights app on iPhone for this. http://www.k-highlights.com

  • http://www.heartspoken.com/ Elizabeth H. Cottrell

    You’ve just given me one more reason to keep Evernote at the top of my favorite app list, Michael! Right away, I know I’ll use my Kindle notes and highlights stored in Evernote to:

    1) Refresh my memory for key points when I’m ready to write a book review.

    2) Find appropriate quotes to share on Twitter and my Facebook page.

    3) Find material for future blog posts. I’ll try to expedite this by coming up with some sort of tagging system that matches the categories in my blog. When I want to write a post in that category, a search for the tag will pull up the Evernote note. Ideally, I guess I’d pull those specific highlights out and create a separate Evernote note so I don’t have to scroll through so many highlights/notes.

    Thank you!

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  • Gerdmar

    Super! Thanks! Solved my problem!

  • Ali

    You can also just go to this page and import your highlights from ALL your books at once (still sorted by book titles):

    https://kindle.amazon.com/your_highlights

  • Skipper Hammond

    Looks like a great tool, but it won’t work consistently for me. Sometimes the clips don’t show up on my Kindle.amazon.com page. Sometimes they do. No matter how consistent I am with how a proceed, I can’t predict what will be recorded/synced.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      I’ve noticed that too lately. Bummer.

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  • http://www.transitionministriesgroup.com/ Bud Brown

    I’m not sure how old this article is, but I find there’s a much easier way to move notes from my Kindle app to Evernote. I open the book in question in Kindle app on my desktop machine, select a portion and hit command+c (I use an iMac) followed by a ctrl+command+v; this pushes the selection into my Evernote app along with the citation.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Yes, I can do that two, but you have to do it one passage at a time. My method gets everything into Evernote in one move. Thanks.

      • http://www.transitionministriesgroup.com/ Bud Brown

         Ah, I missed that point. Thanks for the clarification.

    • Alex M

      Hello, Bud; for users like me, the desktop option won’t be available much of the time. I to a lot of my reading while commuting, and highlighting relevant passages will often have to occur then & there. Michael’s method is 1 of 3 I know to get those quotations out of the Kindle and over to Evernote nonetheless.  

  • 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!

  • CalTexan

    Oh my. I know this is an older blog post now, but you just made my day in a very big way! Up until happening upon this article I pretty much thought my Kindle notes and highlights were a bit useless. Thank you. It’s another great use of Evernote.

  • 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!

  • qwerty

    This only works for books you’ve bought from Amazon. Unfortunately, I have lots of other documents on my Kindle with notes and highlighting which I’ve email to myself through my Kindle account to get them on my device—all sorts: Word docs, epub files I’ve converted to mobi using Calibre—and they do not show up in my Kindle account. I have to plug my Kindle into my computer and go through Windows Explorer to find the My Clippings.txt file. Not at all handy.

  • disqusjoel

    This is really awesome! Thanks. My kindle just got that much better.

  • http://greenbacktheory.blogspot.com/ Joel Conner

    This is an amazing help! My kindle just got that much better!

  • bhanu korremula

    Good idea if there are highlights from multiple books it shows them both. How to clip book specific highlights?

  • BVH

    The Ios app, Snippefy is awesome, too. It will save some steps to get highlights and notes.

  • http://www.thehumansphere.com joanncorley

    I know this is an older post — but it’s new to me. I wanted you to know that learning this made my day!! Thanks for all you do Michael!