Cool Unexpected Kindle Feature – Clippings

Yes, I have an iPad and I love it. I also have a Kindle, and love it too – as a reading device it is much better than the iPad which is fine. As people are pointing out, it isn’t a question of “iPad or Kindle”. Get an iPad, and if you finding yourself reading a lot of eBooks then you’ll find a Kindle well worth it.

I’ve only just started to use the Kindle “Clippings” feature, but I am finding it unexpectedly useful for both work-related books and also (surprisingly) some fiction books. I knew I could get my Clippings file onto my Mac but what I didn’t realise (thanks to this post) is that there is a web site http://kindle.amazon.com where you can see the highlights you have made on your books. Which is pretty cool if you just want to go back and try to remember a particular passage.

They also have a nice feature that the front page ends up being a “Flashcard” where you can review passages you have highlighed. They seem to have thought about in detail too:

The periodic review of ideas makes it easier to remember them. This works better if you space the reviews over increasing time intervals, a “Spacing Effect” that was first identified by German psychologist Hermann Ebbinghaus. Using Default intervals, you will see a highlight or note again after 1 week, 1 month, 3 months, 6 months, and thereafter annually. Alternatively you can choose a fixed review interval.

As an aside, I’m loving the fact that GetAbstract will send summaries direct to my Kindle…

2 Comments on “Cool Unexpected Kindle Feature – Clippings”

  1. nice article. another thing that I also like to add is there are already available tools such as clippingsconverter.com (http://clippingsconverter.com/) to convert kindle clippings to possibly more convenient or workable formats (word or pdf).

  2. Hi, Simon

    Kindle users find the notes and highlights feature very useful especially since they can access these online. However, some have some issues trying to access them online.

    There is an iOS app called Snippefy (http://www.snippefy.com) to be released on November 2013 that will make it convenient for Kindle users to read and share their notes and highlights all in one place. They can also integrate these with social media, Evernote, Dropbox and email.

    I wanted to share this resource with you and your readers and hope you will find it useful.

    Thank you

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