Kindles Can Now Send Notes and Highlights Directly to Your Email

Kindle Export Notes Email

When Amazon announced the release of the new Kindle for 2016 a couple weeks ago, one of the new features they mentioned in the press release that didn’t get much attention is the ability to export notes to email.

In fact the export notes option is already enabled on Kindle ereaders. I don’t remember it being part of the last 5.8.1 update; perhaps they are rolling it out with the new Page Flip feature because that’s when I first noticed it showing up.

There are already a number of ways to export Kindle notes and highlights, but this new email option is a lot more convenient because it can be done directly from the Kindle itself.

The way it works is you get an email with a PDF copy of your notes and highlights, plus a CSV file so you can edit and reformat the notes if you want to.

To send the notes email, just open a book on your Kindle and hit the settings menu button to access the Notes list. From there you can hit the export notes button at the bottom.

This is a handy feature to have if you like reviewing the notes and highlights you’ve added to your Kindle books. It’s a definite step up from the previous method of having to deal with the Kindle’s awkwardly-formatted My Clippings file.

6 Responses to “Kindles Can Now Send Notes and Highlights Directly to Your Email”

  1. Javier Villarrubia Reply July 3, 2016 at 8:29 am

    Sadly, it seems to be working only with ebooks from the Amazon/Kindle bookstore (as is the case with Page Flip). When you access your notes in your personal documents and/or local uploaded books, this option is not available

    • Indeed. I forgot to mention that it doesn’t work on sideloaded content, or even stuff that you’ve sent to your Kindle through Amazon. You can get Page Flip to work with sideloaded content, however, if it’s converted to KFX with a Calibre plugin.

  2. Exporting notes and highlights, plus flashcards, is already available with the Fire tablets and Kindle apps. Also, the feature works with personal documents too.

    I checked the feature with the Kindle and couldn’t find it with the latest firmware. However, Amazon promised to extend the feature to the Kindle e-readers soon.

    Either way, it is easy for me to get my notes emailed through the Fire HD 8 I use, as both personal docs and purchased books sync across all Amazon devices. In the past all notes made with a Kindle e-reader was stored locally via the ‘My Clippings’ file.

  3. On the plus side it does work with library books borrowed through Amazon. I just need to start remembering to download notes before returning books.

    And FWIW on my 2015 PW, from inside a book I can just use , NOTES tab to get to the export button…

  4. I can’t get it to work with my ios APP on ipad. i just get a message that an email account isn’t setup. I have no problems on my voyage. Any ideas?

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