A Simple Guide to Indexing the Kindle Books You Read for Evernote

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.

A simple guide for indexing the kindle books you read for Evernote

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.


    Jonathan has been blogging since 2009 and is still in awe that the Creator of the Universe desires to have a relationship with him. His passions include spending time with his kids, reading, March Madness, surprise get-a-way trips with his wife, and watching funny YouTube videos.

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    13 thoughts on “A Simple Guide to Indexing the Kindle Books You Read for Evernote

    1. I may be missing something, but when I go to kindle.amazon.com and click on Your Highlights, it has infinite scroll built into the page, which means I can’t just capture it with my Evernote clipper. I have to copy and paste. Right?

      • Did you select your book first? If you just select your highlights in the top navigation bar you will get all of your highlights for all of your books. Be sure to select your book first.

    2. This works great but look at https://www.clippingsconverter.com/ (it might be down now but it’s been up for years). It does exactly what this article says but in 2 clicks. You upload your My Clippings.txt or use their built in bookmarklet, it catalogues it, organizes it and can export to evernote in that 2nd click. It’s amazing(and, if you’re like me and have spent years compiling highlights, notes, etc) it’s a very nice backup and makes things infinelty more searchable(on their own website or in evernote)

    3. Thank you for this, Johnathan. I’ve seen it a few places, but I think your article is easiest to follow. Getting my notes has helped remind me of a few articles I want to write!