How to Clip Kindle Text to Evernote

By David E. Y. Sarna

With help from Evernote and ClippingsConverter, you can clip interesting words as you read a book or newspaper on your Kindle and review the words later. ClippingsConverter (it’s free!) enables you to publish your clippings to Evernote after you’ve authorized it to access your Evernote account. You can review all your clippings, search for words or terms you clipped, and transfer the clippings to your computer.

Specific instructions for creating clippings on your Kindle depend on the generation of the device.

  • All devices are supported via the bookmarklet using the Chrome browser.

  • For importing via My Clippings.txt, all Kindle versions supporting a clippings file are included.

  • The Kindle Fire and Kindle Fire HD do not support clipping.

For details, see the FAQs page of ClippingsConverter.

How to move Kindle clippings to ClippingsConverter

Here’s how to get your clippings from your Kindle to ClippingsConverter using the bookmarklet:

  1. Choose Add a Note or Highlight from the menu on your Kindle.

  2. Use the five-way controller to highlight the content you want to clip.

    The highlighted text has a slightly darker background than the surrounding text.

  3. Press the five-way controller to save your selection.

  4. Access your clipping file by connecting your Kindle to your computer via the supplied USB cable.

  5. Click Open in response to the invitation to open the device and browse to the Documents directory on your Kindle.

  6. Navigate to ClippingsConverter.

  7. Log in by entering your username or e-mail address and password. Click Login.

  8. Alternatively, if you don’t have a username, click Register to create an account.

    Create a username, type your e-mail address, choose a password, and confirm it. Click Create My Account

  9. Click the Import button on the Explorer page.

  10. Click the Click to Upload button in the Choose an Import Source box.

  11. Install the Export Clippings bookmarklet to your bookmarks toolbar in the Chrome browser — if you haven’t already done so.

    Need to install the bookmarklet? Click the Instructions button in the Kindle Website box and follow the steps.

  12. Open a second tab in the Chrome browser and go to https://kindle.amazon.com/your_highlights.

    Click the Export Clippings bookmarklet in your bookmarks toolbar.

  13. In the pop-up box, click the Start Export button and click the Download button when it appears.

    The clippings.json file will be downloaded to your computer in the Downloads folder.

  14. Go back to the tab in which ClippingsConverter is open, and click the Click to Upload button.

  15. Browse to the clippings.json file in your Downloads folder and click the Open button.

    The file is uploaded to ClippingsConverter.

How to send clippings from ClippingsConverter to Evernote

After your clippings are in ClippingsConverter, you can send them to Evernote. You first have to authorize access. When that’s done, use the following steps to export your clippings to Evernote:

  1. On the Explorer page, click the Export drop-down menu in the top navigation and choose Evernote.

  2. Select the options you want to use for exporting your clippings.

  3. Click the Start Export button.

    The clippings are added to Evernote as notes.