One of the advantages of E-books is that you can easily add notes without damaging the pages of the book or having to come up with some elaborate system. But how do you then save Kindle notes to PC?
Notes on Kindle readers are saved in the “My Clippings.txt” file that is located in the “documents” folder. How to get to this file? Simply connect the Kindle to the computer via USB and after a few seconds you will see the external drive icon displayed – double-click on it and navigate to the “documents” folder. Now you can copy the “My Clippings.txt” file anywhere you want on your computer.
Kindle only saves the notes, but not the snippet of text to which they relate. You can overcome this limitation using the following trick: highlight the text passage and then create a note. Both of them will be saved.
Clippings.io is a web service for managing Kindle notes. After signing up you have two ways to save Kindle Notes to PC: first is the above mentioned “My Clippings.txt” file that you copied to your computer. Alternatively, you can install a paid Chrome plugin that retrieves the data from Amazon.com.
The chrome-plugin is required only if you own a Kindle, but use only the Kindle app. If you own a Kindle, you can instead use the free import directly from the device – it’s faster. In my test the notes made on the Kindle were not available on Amazon.com for the chrome-plugin even after hours have passed. The import of the Kindle, however, is instant.
Clippings.io is the by far the best service to save and to arrange notes from the Kindle.
Clipper (website: claybavor.com/clipper)
Clipper imports the “My Clippings.txt” and generates simple HTML pages that you can either print or save as a text file. The notes are sorted by books. Registration is not required. The service is quick and easily.