You’re not trying to rip anybody off.
You’re not a plagiarist.
You just want to take notes from the Kindle book you’re reading.
So you highlight the text and try to copy/paste it.
Frustrating? You bet it is.
Here’s how to solve the problem.
Kindle for PC – How to Copy Text
I love books. I love them printed on paper, and I love them in digital formatting. One of the services I offer to businesses and entrepreneurs it book writing, formatting, and publishing.
There’s not much in marketing that helps branding and customer acquisition better than having a book in your name. Just imagine the value to an attorney, for instance, to be the guy who not only specializes in a certain area… but wrote the book on it!
You got it.
I love using the Kindle app to read books on my PC.
And when I read, I like to take notes.
After all, 99% of my reading is for non-fiction.
I’m reading to LEARN something.
How can you copy text from the Kindle app?
For a while, I just took screenshot clips of the sections I wanted to note, then pasted those in my notebook.
That works, but I still prefer having the capability to copy and paste.
After wrestling with the issue a bit, I discovered a work-around.
It’s not difficult to perform, and the result is copy and paste note-taking from Kindle.
Here are the steps…
Here’s how to take notes from your Kindle app
First, make sure your Kindle app is set to automatically make backups and store them online.
- Go to Amazon Help and follow the instructions under “Sync Your Books & Personal Documents Automatically” to make sure “Whispersync Device Synchronization” is turned on.
- Install Kindle for PC (FREE). Here’s the link you need: Kindle for PC [Download].
- This is optional, but you can also install the (FREE) Kindle Cloud Reader. For me, it’s not as stable as Kindle desktop, but it does allow highlighting. Here’s that link: Amazon.com – Read eBooks using the FREE Kindle Reading App on Most Devices
- Open the Kindle tool you chose (or both if you chose both) and go to Tools > Options > Annotations . Make sure Annotations Backup is turned ON.
Once these steps are completed, you’re good to go.
Now, you just read the book via the Kindle desktop or cloud app and highlight the passages of your choice (click/hold and drag the mouse over the passage, then choose the highlight color)
When you’re ready to copy and paste notes, go to Amazons “Your Highlights” page. That will show you the text you have highlighted in a format you are able to copy and paste.
And that’s it!
No more jpg notes, no more typing out notes as you go… just visit Your Highlights and pull what you need down to your chosen digital notebook.
Kindle for PC – How to Copy Text (wrapping it up)
Note-taking helps you learn more and maintain more of what you learn.
It’s good stuff.
And Amazon Kindle is an excellent place to find books on the topics you want to know more about.
TIP: Check out Kindle Unlimited for easy access to ebooks.
TIP: Try Microsoft OneNote for recording your notes. Here’s a link to a FREE OneNote app.
One last thing: If you know of other ways to copy text from Kindle ebooks, please let me know. I love to hear better and faster ways of getting tasks accomplished.
If getting a book written, formatted, and published in your name is something you want to do, get in touch with me. Let’s talk. No obligation. I love to help entrepreneurs get more business and get better known.
*** UPDATE: Under Windows 10, I’m now able to select, copy, and paste text DIRECTLY from the Kindle for PC app! ***