Every once in a while something that should probably come intuitively to me doesn’t. And this frustrates the heck out of me! I live and breathe my Kindle as a writer and a reader.

I take my Kindle everywhere I go. It accompanies me to work, to appointments, to the park, to cafes, virtually everywhere. So, I assumed I knew my Kindle inside and out. Well, no I did not.

My Ah-Ha Moment with Kindle

Recently, I’ve been researching for my next novel The Dance, using my wonderful Kindle as a tool. I’ve read several insightful books on honeybees, and I highlighted lots of passages that provided key concepts and facts that I’d later want to refer back to for accuracy and fact-checking. As I highlighted, I kept thinking, this is awesome. Technology is wonderful. So long physical highlighter pen. Hello virtual pen.

Yeah, well, I assumed my Kindle came equipped with some kind of export feature for my notes and highlights. I’d never really thought about it having such a feature before because I never needed it as I did now. So, you can imagine my dismay when I couldn’t find such a feature! I now imagined laborious note-taking sessions where I’d have to revisit my highlights via my kindle device and manually type them into a WORD document for later ease of fact-checking while writing my novel.

Let the Kindle Research Begin.

So, I conducted some online searches and found several stumped people having the same question of how to easily extract highlights and notes from a Kindle? I was glad to see I wasn’t alone in my lack of Kindle know-how.

I decided to stop the search and just go straight to the source and ask. So, I landed on kindle.amazon.com and wouldn’t you know, the answer sat right at the top of the page. Here’s all you need to do to copy and paste your highlights and notes from Kindle books to a WORD document.

Here’s how:

  1. From kindle.amazon.com, login to your Amazon account.
  2. Go to Your Highlights.
  3. Simply copy and paste the ones you want into a WORD document.

Yeah, simple as that!

A Trip Down Memory Lane

After I completed my task, I went through all the books I’ve read and their associated highlights. I rediscovered some poignant moments coined by many inspiring authors. I never realized how much I highlight when reading! I just loved rereading them and rediscovering what inspired me the first time I read those books. What a wonderful trip down memory lane.

Kindle also has another great feature when you log onto this webpage. They call it the Daily Review. It’s a tool to help you review and remember the most significant ideas from your books. It shows you flashcards with either your highlights and notes or the Popular Highlights from others for a particular book.

Now I’m curious… in your review of your highlights, do you have a favorite you’d like to share here? I’d love to discover new books and insightful moments!