Recently, a number of writer friends have switched from the use of Kindles to the Nook or stated they are thinking of doing so. They’ve had different reasons for buying a new Nook. Always wanting to stay informed, I decided to do a little research about features and pros and cons to the different devices. No ereader is going to be perfect, but I know various things that are important to me.
It didn’t take me long to know why I won’t be making a switch from my Kindle to a Nook. At least not in the immediate feature: Notes and Highlights.
I learned that (a) the Nook has no backup of highlights and notes and some users have lost theirs during a software update and, more importantly, (b) the Nook has no way of copying the highlights and notes made to use elsewhere. The latter is what I consider the best feature of the Kindle, at least for writers.
In talking to a friend who was considering the switch, I mentioned this and discovered she had no idea that she could access all of her Kindle highlights. So I shared with her how to do it and how I used it. She was so excited, I thought maybe it was worth repeating in a blog post, so here goes:
Anytime I highlight or note something in a Kindle book, it can be found on my Kindle page on the Internet. I go to kindle.amazon.com and sign into my account. Then I select the “Your Highlights” link at the top of the page. (Note: All graphics in this post are linked to larger versions; just click on image to enlarge.)
Below are some of my highlights in a research book about the rough riders. When I am finished reading a research book, I can come to “My Highlights” in my web browser, then I can highlight my notes and highlights, go to Scrivener, and paste them into a research page. (They could be pasted into any program a person likes; Scrivener is what I use.)
Here is where I’ve pasted them on a page under Research in Scrivener:
So let’s say I’m looking in Scrivener at the highlight from location 52 (see arrows above). It isn’t giving me quite the info that I want, but I remember what I need is near this spot in my reading. So I click on that link to location 52. My Kindle for Mac app pops open on my MacBook to the Kindle book. Then I can look for the info I want in the book itself. Here is the Kindle app screen shot:
This feature is so valuable to me that I would never switch to another reader unless they provided the same kind.
Thus endeth the lesson.