I have a number of books I can only read and annotate easily using the Kindle software on either my iPad or my Mac. Their reading software does not have a built-in easy way to export the notes or highlights, so you need to do some mucking around to get them in a usable format.
First step is to install NoteScraper for Evernote. Once that’s done, I use the following steps:
- Log into your Kindle account at http://kindle.amazon.com/ using Safari.
- Click on the link to your books (https://kindle.amazon.com/your_reading).
- Locate the book with notes you want to export in that list and click the title of it.
- Scroll down to where notes start and choose “show your highlights only” (this also shows your notes).
- Assuming NoteScraper for Evernote is correctly installed and the Apple global Script Menu is visible on the top menu bar, choose “Export Kindle notes to Evernote”.
- You’ll be asked for some tags, a notebook to add it to (Kindle Notes), and whether you want each note to have its own note.
- Done. It’s in Evernote now.
It can then be copied and pasted into DevonThink (the tool I use) or other electronic journal or writing tools you may use.
Don’t use a Mac? You can perform the first four steps and then manually copy the content from the web page to wherever you like, but formatting and appearance won’t likely be as nice.