A better system for anyone who relentlessly highlights stuff on their Kindle, like me
or: it’s quite a bit more convenient if you can get them off the Kindle and into Evernote.
I’ve been using Kindle’s highlights function a ton. You know you can view your highlights online, right? It’s fairly useful.
That’s great, until you realise that:
- That interface sucks, pretty badly. There’s no way to search across all your books.
- It’ll only work if you’re highlighting in books you’ve bought from Amazon.
It’s a lot easier if you can get them into Evernote, instead
- Plug the Kindle into your computer
- Sign up to clippings.io. Connect it to your Evernote account using their API tool.
- Copy the My Clippings.txt file off your Kindle
- Upload the txt file to clippings.io
- Click to export to Evernote
- Enjoy the wonders of being able to search for highlights properly.
- I’m always a bit sceptical about giving a service access to my Evernote account, when I’m not totally sure who’s behind it. So I created a new Evernote account (firstname.lastname@example.org) and connected this with Clippings. Then, I was able to share the Notebook containing the highlights, with my regular Evernote account.
- It’s possible to set up an Automator workflow to automatically copy the My Clippings.txt file off your Kindle whenever you plug it into your computer.
- And it’s actually possible to circumvent clippings.io entirely if you want to use a local script to export into Evernote. I found this a bit flaky though, so I’m sticking with clippings.io for now, just because it’s simpler.