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How to export highlights from Kindle?

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E-readers like the Kindle have changed how people read and interact with books. Kindle offers many features, and one of those features of a Kindle is the ability to highlight passages and take notes while reading. These highlights and notes are valuable for your reference and can be exported for various purposes.

If you are wondering how to export Kindle highlights, this guide discusses various ways to export highlights from Kindle.

Export Kindle highlights on the mobile app

Android and iOS Kindle apps share a feature with the Kindle e-reader. They provide a notebook menu that allows you to export your highlights, notes, and bookmarks.

  • Open the Kindle app on your phone, then open the book and tap on the centre of the screen.
  • Tap on the Notebook icon at the top of the screen.
  • Tap on the Share icon, and then in the menu, tap on the Export Notebook option.
  • Select the citation style and then tap on the Export button.
  • Now, choose the app to export your Kindle highlights.

Also read: Kindle keyboard shortcuts for Windows

Export Kindle highlights on the desktop app

The Kindle desktop app only allows you to save the highlights in HTML format. So you can save the highlights on your PC, open it on a browser and then copy and paste them anywhere you want. To export highlights using the desktop app, follow the steps below:

Step 1: Open the Kindle desktop app and then open the book from which you want to export the highlights.

Step 2: Click on the Export button available top right of the screen.

Step 3: In the notes and highlights window, click on the Save As button.

Step 4: It will notify that how much limit the publisher has set for the book and tell you how much export limit is reached after exporting the current highlights; click on the OK button.

Export Kindle highlights on Kindle e-reader

You can export your notes directly from your Kindle device to your Amazon account’s email address, ensuring they remain safe and intact even if you close the app window. To export highlights from the Kindle e-reader, follow the steps below.

Step 1: Open the book on your Kindle device and tap on the top edge of the screen.

Step 2: Tap on the Triple vertical dots icon.

Step 3: Go to the Note and Highlights tab and tap the Export Highlights button.

After you hit the export button, Amazon will send the highlights in PDF and CSV format to your Amazon account email address.

Export using clipping file

Your Kindle e-reader saves all your highlighted text in a special file called My Clippings.txt. If you want to export these highlights, follow these steps:

  • Connect your Kindle to your computer using a USB cable.
  • Go to the Kindle folder then open the Documents folder on your computer.
  • Open the My Clippings.txt file and copy the text you want to export.
  • Paste this text into note-taking or document apps like Microsoft Word or Google Docs.

The text file has only the notes and highlights from one Kindle, not different Kindles or Kindle apps. You’ll find highlights from all the books you’ve read in one file. These highlights aren’t organised by books but by the order you made them.

Use the Kindle Cloud website

Amazon lets you see all your Kindle highlights and notes at from any device. But it doesn’t have an option to export them there. No need to worry, though.

To save your highlights, do the good old copy-and-paste trick. Open a note app you like, paste your highlights, and they’ll be saved. You can also use special tools like Evernote and OneNote from the web.

Use third-party apps

Several apps like Clippings io and Kindlemate can make exporting highlights from the My clippings.txt file easier. These apps work well with programs like Notion, Roam Research, and Evernote.

Also read: Kindle keyboard shortcuts for Mac

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