A Brief Look at Kindle Highlights (part two: How to Highlight as you Read your Book)

The point of this blog is to take our consumer technology and break it down into tiny little pieces. Gradually over these few weeks I’ll be addressing a few “how to’s” for Kindle Highlights. The first post in this series was: A Brief Look at Kindle Highlights: (part one: Popular Highlights)

Screen Shot 2014-03-04 at 8.18.01 AMIf you are reading on a Kindle Paperwhite, and you come across a passage that you would like to highlight, it is so easy-peazy to do.

How to highlight a passage in the Kindle Paperwhite:

Just touch the first word of the passage you want to highlight. Now drag your finger to the END of the same passage. The text will darken.

Lift your finger.

You will now be presented with several choices of things that you can do with this highlighted text.

Select “highlight”.


Poof! That’s all there is to it.

Now …. what if you want to see all the highlights you have selected in this book?

While you are IN the book, just go up to the top and tap on “menu”.

Then select “View Notes and Marks”


Stay tuned ….. More info about Highlights to come! 🙂

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13 thoughts on “A Brief Look at Kindle Highlights (part two: How to Highlight as you Read your Book)

  1. I absolutely love highlighting and using the dictionary as part of the digital reading experience. Have to say it took some getting used to highlighting on a kindle paperwhite after having done it on the kindle app for a lot while longer. There’s also a way to backup all your kindle highlights to Evernote for those who intensely study with kindle

    • I have explored Evernote, but I have not used it … All I know is that it is powerful and well respected. If you’d ever like to explain Evernote and how it can be integrated with the Kindle, I’d happily link to your blog, or you could put a guest post on this one. Great information, thank you!

  2. Here’s the instructional post where I first read about it : http://michaelhyatt.com/how-to-get-your-kindle-highlights-into-evernote.html even the comments are fascinating, Meanwhile there is an app that will retrieve your highlights : snippefy (US store only) and for small cost will sync them to Evernote or Dropbox, though it lacked an individual book search feature. I’ve had Evernote for awhile but not until I recently found a tutorial for a bookmarklet for my iPad did I start using it. Even easier are the browsers that have it built in like Dolphin, or Mercury my fave for its sophisticated built in reader. Thanks for the offer, I have absolutely no experience in writing instructions. I’ve been pondering writing about readability features and affiliated apps in relation to reading fictional writing posted online.

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