Search Kindle Highlights Quickly with Evernote

I read on my Kindle. A lot. When I read, I highlight, make notes, and bookmark pages like crazy. One problem I kept running into was forgetting where I read something. Because the Kindle doesn’t have a simple way to simultaneously search through all my notes and highlights from every book, finding a specific note or highlight is tricky. I’ve spent quite a bit of time opening books, searching for a specific highlight, not finding what I was looking for, and repeating the process.

I put an end to endless searches when I began clipping my Kindle notes to Evernote. Now, when I search for a note or highlight, Evernote searches through all of the book notes I’ve added and I’m able to quickly find what I’m looking for. No more guessing who said what in what book.

Here is how I add my Kindle notes and highlights to Evernote.

1. Log into your unique Amazon Kindle page to view your books.

2. Select a particular book and use the Evernote WebClipper to add your notes and highlights to Evernote.

3. Edit the new Evernote note to take out the “extra” things (web version shown below)

4. Delete text (like “Add a note”) if you’d like (desktop version shown below)  

Now you’re finished!

If you have highlights from several books, in addition to having a specific notebook for your book notes, you may want to consider keeping a single note with a list of all your books. Copy and paste the note link from each book into one note. Doing so allows you to find specific books quickly (even faster than searching titles).

Clipping Kindle notes and highlights is perfect for students who use digital textbooks. For more great student Evernote ideas, be sure to download the free ebook 19 Practical Evernote Ideas for Students.

Find Notes Faster Using Note Links

Over the past ten years of teaching, I’ve attempted several different methods for staying organized and keeping my lesson plans, assignments, notes, and resources all in one place:

  • Multiple 3-ring binders
  • 4″ 3-ring binders w/ plastic sheet protectors
  • Microsoft Word folders within folders within folders within folders within folders
  • 1 GB flash drive attached to my key ring (which I constantly misplaced)
  • Emailing plans, assignments, and documents to myself
  • File cabinet with (mostly-)alphabetized folders
  • Excel Spreadsheets
  • Saving lesson plans to the school district’s server
  • Saving lesson plans to my personal computer

It seems no matter what method I attempted, I made it too confusing, didn’t stick with it, or couldn’t keep it organized as the year wore on. It seemed I could never find a specific document quickly.

I finally found the solution using the Note Links feature on Evernote desktop (PC). By saving my lesson plans in Evernote using note links,

  • I stay ultra-organized,
  • I am able to update our shared class notebook easily,
  • I can access my lesson plans, assignments, and resources anywhere, and
  • I can access any note instantly by clicking the note link rather than performing a search.

Using Note Links In 3 Easy Steps

1. Save your documents (assignments, notes, quizzes, tests, resources, workbooks, etc.) in different Evernote notes (i.e., “Preposition Notes” or “Adverb Notes”). To be even more organized, I created an “Assignments, Notes, & Tests” notebook for everything teaching-related.

2. Select a specific note and copy the note link. Click the “Note” tab at the top of the note and then click “Copy Note Link” to save the link to your clipboard.

3. Paste the link in a note for your lesson plans* (in the example below, mine is called “2012-2013 English 8 Lesson Plans”). Each week I add our class notes, assignments, and activities to Evernote and then paste the note link to my one note for lesson plans. Any time I need to access a certain assignment or document, I just click the link and it takes me directly to the specific note.

*If you haven’t created a lesson plans note, you’ll need to do that first.

Using Note Links is that simple! For me, it means no more searching computer files, remembering where something is saved, losing flash drives, emailing myself notes, flipping through bulky 4″ binders, or trying to keep a filing cabinet organized. With Evernote Note Links, my class notes, assignments, quizzes, tests, and resources are all just one click away.

You may not be a teacher, but using Note Links could certainly be beneficial in other fields. In what ways could you see yourself using Note Links to stay organized? Share your ideas below in the comments section.

3 Things I Incorrectly Assumed My Students Would Figure Out About Evernote

When I get excited about teaching something new, I sometimes overlook the basics. Once all of my students created Evernote accounts, I incorrectly assumed they would figure some things out on their own. Two weeks later, I discovered three basic tasks that were causing problems for some of my students.

1. How to Access our Shared Class Notebook

Once my students had linked their Evernote accounts to the shared class notebook, many of them couldn’t figure out how to get to it.

2. How to Compose Notes in a Full-Screen Window

We went to the computer lab to write essays, and for most of my students, it was their first time using Evernote. As they started writing, they were frustrated that the note window was so small. After I walked them through how to change the window size, they were all set.

3. When to Snap Pictures

I post our class schedule (upcoming assignments, reminders, tests, etc.) on the board each week and have my students copy it in their planners. However, rather than handwriting it, I encourage my students to snap a picture of it and save it to Evernote.

Since using their own devices at school is such a new concept for most students, I often have to remind them to snap pictures of board notes, assignments, reminders, homework, class notes, and anything else they may want to save. Hopefully it will soon become second nature to them.