Kindle, Highlights, Notes, and Evernote | Winning Combination for Dissertation Writing

I just made a huge discovery. I’m reading Augustine’s De Trinitate1 on my iPad Kindle app. The app allows you to highlight and take notes, which is nice. However, I have never been able to figure out how to copy text from the book and paste it in a document, if I want to quote it. I haven’t been able to…until today.

Simply by chance (yeah, right) I discovered that when you go to you can look at all the highlights you’ve made in your book, along with all the notes you’ve taken. Underneath each highlight there is a link to the kindle book, which will open up on my Kindle for Mac app.

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Now, here’s the really fun part. Using the Evernote Web clipper, you can save all your highlights and notes as a simplified article right into Evernote.

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So AWESOME!! Now I can copy and paste to my heart’s content, and feel free to write substantive notes in my app, knowing that they will not be futile.

  1. Augustine. The Trinity. Translated by Edmund Hill. Vol. 5 The Works of Saint Augustine: A Translation for the 21st Century, Edited by John E. Rotelle. Brooklyn, NY: New City Press, 1990. []