some love for my kindle

March 10, 2008 | 2 Comments

While traveling the past few weeks, I read The Starfish and the Spider for a research project I have due later this month. I read it on my Amazon Kindle. The Kindle experience is turning out to be all I hoped it would — other than having to turn it off for takeoff and landing.

I obsessively, er, avidly collect notes from books I read. I have a database of quotes and thoughts stored in Yojimbo for most of the books I’ve read in the last 4-5 years. In my typical workflow, I underline or make notes in the margin as I read. If there is something I really want to remember, I will dog ear the page. After finishing the book, I go back through it and manually enter the quotes and thoughts I want to remember into Yojimbo. This part often feels tedious, and I admit I have 4-5 recent reads stacked up that I need to do this with. (Maybe I’m not so obsessive after all.)

Reading the book on my Kindle has saved me an hour or more, because I’m not going to have to review my highlights and scribbles. All of them were saved in the clippings file on the Kindle. When I attached the Kindle to my computer, I just opened up the clippings text file, highlighted all the notes from the book and pasted them into a Yojimbo note. When it comes time to write, I’ll drag that note into Scrivener. Bada bing, bada boom. (I can’t believe I just typed that, but I can’t bring myself to delete it.)

Now if only I could figure out how to do Chicago style citations of a Kindle book…

  • gary

    I usually enjoy the process of going back over my notes/underlines/highlights, because it allows me to process the things I want to remember more fully. Have you found that you miss out on this by just pasting your notes from Kindle?

  • John

    That’s a fair question that I hadn’t really considered. I do usually enjoy that part, but I still end up reviewing the notes enough just to clean out some of the superflouous stuff that ends up in there from teh kindle — like the time it was highlighted, etc. So, I guess it isn’t really an issue.