For the Connected Missionary

Missionary Geek

If you have been keeping notes on your Kindle you might have found, like I did, that it is hard to view those notes on your device at the same time you wanted to look at the context of the clipping. I was keeping notes in my books so that I could write a review of the book or debate some points with the author. However, when I got ready to actually use those notes I found it difficult to flip back and forth between the note and the context on the Kindle itself.

You can access those notes on your computer by connecting the Kindle with the USB cable and navigating to the file on the Kindle. If this is something you have found yourself needing to do, then these instructions can help you. These are three different ways to accomplish the same thing with a variety of results. Use the method that meets your needs the best.

Find the My Clippings.txt File

After the Kindle is connected to the computer, navigate to the documents folder on the device. In that folder you will find all your books as well as a file called My Clippings.txt. You can either view the file directly from the Kindle, or make a copy of it onto your hard drive. I recommend making a copy of the file on your computer. That will keep you from accidentally saving information back to the Kindle that may break the file and make it unreadable on your device.

Connecting your Kindle via the USB cable allows you to browse the device just like you would a USB flash drive or external hard drive. This works in Mac, Linux and Windows.

Accessing this file may provide you with all the information you need. However, if you need to do more with the data then the next two processes will give you more functionality.

Use ClippingsConverter for More Formats

You can take the My Clippings.txt file and run it through a service like ClippingsConverter to get your clippings into different formats. They offer conversion to several document formats like spreadsheet and .doc formats. You can also convert the information to a PDF file. You can export your notes for just one title, all titles or selected titles.

These options may not seem like much of a reason to use the service but with this information you can use the different formats to massage your data in various ways. The biggest advantage is that you can limit your notes to certain books or groups of books.

Kindle App on a Computer

Probably the best option for my needs is to use the Kindle application for the computer. You can pull up a book and turn on the Notes feature by selecting Go in the menu and choosing My Notes & Marks. This will show you all your notes in a list next to the text of the book. Then you can select the page/location number in the note and be taken to that position in the book. This allows you to see your notes in context which you can copy and paste into your final document.

The disadvantage to the Kindle app for the computer is that it does not run natively on Linux. To get around this I have Windows installed in a virtual machine that has the Kindle application for PC.

Do you have another way that you use to access your notes? Or another conversion service that gives more functionality?

About the author

David is a missionary working with the Deaf. His focus is helping churches in Latin America start ministries for the Deaf in their communities. He currently lives with his wife and kids in Mérida, México. David also serves as the Director of Deaf Ministries for his mission board, Baptist International Outreach.

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