I’ve been using my Kindle for reading PDFs of papers and it’s been very handy being able to harvest clippings from these via the text file these aggregate in to support various documents I’ve had to write. Most of the books I’ve read on the Kindle have been fiction, but more recently I’ve been buying Kindle versions of some academic books. I’ve preferred reading these on the Kindle app on my iPad as I find it’s much easier to highlight and take notes on the iPad than on the Kindle. The other day I was wanting to reflect and make some notes around some of the highlights I’d made in a book in Evernote and tried to see if I could export my highlights. I was a bit disappointed and frustrated to not see an obvious way to do this. I could see all my highlights and notes but couldn’t see a way to copy them or export them.
Searching on Google highlighted that one way to capture your highlights is to log into your Kindle account select the book in your library, which takes you to a page where you can see your highlights and notes and then clip these to Evernote. This is ok but it doesn’t extract all of the text in your highlights. So some progress but not completely what I was looking for. A bit more searching and I came across this post by the Savvy Technologist about NoteScraper, an Apple Script he’s written to run in Safari which extracts your highlights and notes in full and exports them directly into Evernote.
You can download Note Scraper on the Savvy Technologist software page. It’s easy to install and works a treat on the Mac OS and supports exporting your highlights individually into separate notes or all of them into one note. Another problem solved and another way to incoporate Evernote in my workflow.