Every once in a while I run into a snag with using cloud based technology or web based apps. Namely, the company that runs the software can make changes whenever they want and then you are stuck trying to keep your data the way you organized it before. It happened when Google Reader stopped allowing ‘sharing’ and letting you have an RSS feed or your shared items. Delicious fixed that.
This happened a few weeks ago when I finished reading a PDF book on my Kindle and I couldn’t export the highlights like I normally do with all my amazon downloaded books. I looked all over Google and the Internet to find a solution and there wasn’t many good ones and most people said it wasn’t possible. The solution really isn’t all that difficult.
1. Plug your Kindle into your computer.
2. Navigate through the files on te Kindle and look for the file called My Clippings.txt
3. Open it and you’ll see all your highlights, copy them out and throw them into whatever program you want.
So while you can’t access it through http://kindle.amazon.com like I’m used to, at least I can get all my notes and import them into Evernote for easy searching, tagging and sorting.