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.
Yes, this can be done through the Kindle website:
- Go to https://kindle.amazon.com.
- At the top of the page click "Your Highlights."
- You may be asked to login, fill in the login information to the account your kindle is linked.
- Your highlights and notes should show, you may copy them anywhere you want.
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:
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...)