Is there a way to extract/export my notes and highlighted passages from books on a Kindle or in one of the Kindle reader apps? I primarily use the iOS apps and tend to mark up books heavily as I go, particularly for passages I might later quote in a blog post or tweet. It would be great if I could export all of those highlighted or annotated passages at once.

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    my Kinlde 3 Keyboard keeps highlights and notes in documents/My Clippings.txt and documents/<document-name-here>.mbp
    – n611x007
    Commented Dec 30, 2013 at 19:35

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Yes, this can be done through the Kindle website:

  1. Go to https://kindle.amazon.com.
  2. At the top of the page click "Your Highlights."
  3. You may be asked to login, fill in the login information to the account your kindle is linked.
  4. Your highlights and notes should show, you may copy them anywhere you want.
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    Above works well only for amazon books but don't work for non-amazon books. For managing notes and nightlights for non-amazon books [I found this helpful] (reddit.com/r/kindle/comments/1xpnrf/…)
    – Sankalp
    Commented Feb 17, 2015 at 6:31

The Clippings.io allows you to extract your kindle notes and highlights and put them into a word, excel, pdf doc - or send them straight to evernote. Also you can search your notes, archive them, share them and tag them!

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    – elixenide
    Commented Nov 8, 2015 at 4:59

If you don't use an Amazon account (which i don't since i don't want all my private data uploaded and shared - Amazon records every page you turn...), you can simply use Calibre to download your annotations to your laptop:

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  • This seems to simply copy the content of My Clippings.txt. IMHO, there is no need of installing another piece of software just for a simple copy and paste. Nevertheless, Calibre seems a great app. Commented Apr 15, 2018 at 17:39

Vox recently had a great article on this here http://www.vox.com/2015/6/11/8766159/internet-reading-kindle-instapaper-highlights

and recommended https:///www.clippings.io


If you are a Linux user you can export your notes and highlights by book title using just one command line, like this:

grep -A 3 Wendy My\ Clippings.txt | grep -v Wendy > Abolish\ Silicon\ Valley\ notes.txt


  • "Wendy": the keyword to search for (can also be a phrase)
  • "My Clippings.txt": the file where kinlde holds all notes and highlights
  • "Abolish silicon valley notes.txt": the file where the notes will be stored

For a more thorough explanation of this command line you can read this article: https://www.fossoffice.com/blog/2020/08/15/export-kindle-notes-and-highlights/

(This is a far more privacy-respecting way to deal with notes/highlights, if one can speak of "privacy" when using Kindle...)

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