I received a ton of positive feedback on my recent post A Simple Guide to Indexing the Books You Read for Evernote. I believe in the art of preparing. You never know when your next opportunity might show up. By indexing and capturing the inspiring stories and quotes you read, you’ll be ready for that opportunity. If you have yet to read the post you can follow the steps by clicking here.
My previous post focused on physical books you hold in your hand. But what about digital books like Kindle books? That was probably the most asked question I received after my first post. Today, I want to share with you how I index the Kindle books I read for Evernote.
Step 1. Highlight your favorite stories, quotes, and statements on your Kindle.
This step should be obvious, but some people don’t take the time to highlight the amazing stories, quotes or statements that inspire them. Don’t let these pass you by. Highlight them so you can recall and share them later.
Step 2. After completing the book, go to kindle.amazon.com
Once you completely finish the book, it is time to capture what we’ve learned in Evernote. Evernote allows all of our quotes and stories to be easily found the next time we are writing that book or preparing that speech.
Just go to Kindle.Amazon.com and you will be able to login using your Amazon account. Here you will find a listing of all of the books you have downloaded.
Step 3. Select the Kindle book you want to Evernote
Click on “Your Books” from the top navigation area and you will find a listing of all of your books. Next you’ll want to select the book you want to capture in Evernote.
Step 4. Go to your notes and highlights page for that book
This part is a bit tricky. You want to find the page that shows all of your notes and highlights for this particular book. At the time of this writing, it can be found in the right hand side of the page (see image). Click on that link to be taken to the page that lists all of your highlights on one page.
Step 5. Clip the page using the Evernote clipper
The final step is to clip the entire page using the Evernote clipper. This is a free add on you can add to your internet browser. Evernote will clip and capture all of the text on this page. This will make it super easy to keyword search later for that story or quote you are trying to find.
Lastly, I’d encourage you to use a single Evernote tag for all of the books you are indexing. This will allow you to browse through your books for ideas when you come up empty keyword searching. I simply use the tag “book notes.”
Question: What tips do you have for capturing your digital book highlights in Evernote? You can leave a comment by clicking here.