How to Save Kindle Highlights and Notes Into Evernote

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How to Save Kindle Highlights and Notes Into Evernote

Posted by Taylor Pipes on 25 Mar 2015

Posted by Taylor Pipes on 25 Mar 2015

The research and discovery phase of a project is an important time to gather information that will position you for success.

Content sourced from published books build a foundation for academics and authors who rely on data, quotes, statistics, and relevant contextual details that create authority for their work.

A powerful method to save this content is to use the web clipper to capture highlights and notes from Kindle directly into Evernote. A special thanks to Allan Johnson for providing the steps for this post on his blog, and for the screenshots below.

Here’s how you can capture and save your Kindle notes and highlights into Evernote in three simple steps:

1. Access your Kindle by logging in to your account.

2. Use the web clipper to clip and capture the article. This will send the contents of your book notes or highlights directly into Evernote.

Tip: Include relevant metadata as tags that will help inform and guide your research. The metadata you use can fit your current taxonomy or just be contextual clues to help catalog your highlights, notes, and improve discoverability and findability.

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3. Notes are easily accessible through Evernote’s powerful search. If you can’t recall specifically, try search terms like the title of the book, name of the author, or the subject matter of your research to hone in on your notes faster.

Tip: Clicking on ‘Read more at location’ from Evernote will take you to the specific passage to read on the Kindle for Mac or PC.

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To learn more about Evernote’s powerful search functions, read out our related articles:

11 Evernote search tips to power productivity >>

Learning to use Evernote’s advanced search syntax >>

How to save searches everywhere you use Evernote >>

Other practical uses for Evernote Kindle notes and highlights

Literature 101
Teachers can capture highlights that can be used to teach a high school literature class or a college lecture. Students can inform their studies of literature by keeping tabs on their notes of readings in Evernote.

Close reading
Save notes alongside your readings that help provide a basis for discussion in a book group.

Gather intel
Do a bit of competitive intelligence and save research from books or publications that help shape the direction of a project or report.

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19 Comments RSS

  • Daniel

    I was hoping this would be an _automated_ way of having all Kindle highlights go into Evernote. Any ideas on how to do that?

    • Inge

      I would go for which fully automates the process.

  • Ed

    This used to be so much easier when the @myen Twitter account existed. I could tweet a passage from an old school kindle device and the clip and link would go to EN. I could then later put the full text in EN if I wanted too.

    I never go to my desktop and open a kindle window. I’d rather copy and paste from the iOS kindle app.

    Sad there is no way anymore to do this from a real kindle, which is the only way many of us use kindle because of the awesome screens.

  • Sean Oliver

    clippings converter does this automatically.

    • elizabeth

      They are now called …and you are right, they are the best for it.

  • Vitaly Pumpkinn

    Thanks for a pointer, but after saving the highlights as an article to Evernote the links to the original book (Read more at location) redirect to the error page “The page you were looking for doesn’t exist (404)” on Amazon site, not to the actual book as it works from Kindle highlights page, from where the link redirects to Kindle software. What can it be?


    • Reiner Knudsen

      Vitaly, The link generated on the website is:
      The link stored in Evernote is:
      So for some reason Evernote adds a
      to the link which breaks the link itself.

      • Vitaly Pumpkinn

        Exactly, Reiner. IMHO, “Read more at location” link not working properly makes the whole thing pretty useless.

  • Adam

    Would a better way to be to integrate a Kindle > Twitter > IFTTT > Evernote system?

    1. Set up a recipe on IFTTT that goes something like “when twitter feed posts something with #evernote, save this tweet to evernote”
    2. whenever you want to share something from an ebook you’re reading on kindle, highlight and share to twitter, using #evernote

    bish bosh?
    I’m gonna try.

  • Suzanna

    Check out
    I copy and paste to EN with theTitle of the book as the subject and then tag with “kindle-highlights”.

    • richo

      bookcision is excellent! Thank you for the link

    • Tracy

      Well, Bookcision is quite a tool! Thanks for this tip. Just what I needed.

  • Abhay Singh

    Thanks for elaborating much about web clipper.It is works better on app rather than desktop.

  • Kentskyo

    Pretty rudimentary and works great for the example where you have a single book and 4 highlights. Unfortunately I have several hundred books each with highlights and this doesn’t scale very well…

    A better option would be using an evernote api and parsing the clippings.txt on the kindle device, creating one note per book in a notebook of your choice with the highlights for the book in the note, the title of the note the title of the book and tags for author and last annotation date

  • Tracy

    I don’t like the way this works. Information does go into Evernote but you can’t append the information. So I have my highlights, but I can’t use Evernote to add text or anything else to supplement the highlight. It is a completely uneditable chunk of text and I will have to start over. Copy paste worked better for me.

  • Micael

    I created a program to do this in a neater way, so that each highlight becomes its own note. Check out the video and description here:

  • Duncan

    I had a similar issue – so I created a Chrome extension to automatically sync the kindle notes / highlights to an Evernote file – you never have to deal with it again.

  • Polly

    FWIW to others who may just a rough export. I was able to export notes from the Kindle app on my iphone and email to my Evernote email address. Evernote creates a new Note saved in the Inbox. The app also provides a filter to export all items or select bookmarks, notes, starred items, and/or by highlight color. It also includes a citation to the book formatted in Chicago style, MLA or APA. This method creates a fairly good export for my purposes. There a few odd characters here and there. All in all, it did what I needed and was very quick/easy.

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