How To View Kindle Highlights Online

In this day and age, books are digital as often as they’re physical. Maybe even more often. Even libraries have dedicated digital copies of books by now. The Amazon Kindle is one of the more popular e-readers and an excellent way to read and keep all your books digitally organized.

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Rather than just allowing you to read and nothing more, there are things you can do while you’re reading your digital content to keep track of important points.  You may like to highlight parts of a digital book for reference or to remember key sayings or quotes.  Perhaps you need to take notes to write a review or write a paper, but you don’t want to try and keep track of it in a separate document. An Amazon Kindle makes that easy.

Once you’ve highlighted text or taken notes while reading your Kindle, did you know you can view them online?  Yes, you can.  How?  Well, that’s where we come in with the details to help you figure it all out.

View Kindle Highlights

To see the highlights or notes you’ve taken while on your Kindle, you can simply go to a website and view them on your computer, or whatever other devices you’re using to access the website. It’s very user-friendly.

  • Go to read.amazon.com/notebook
  • Then, log in to your Amazon account if you’re not already signed in.Kindle Highlights
  • Next, you’ll see the following page in your browser window.  After you’ve logged into your Amazon account, you’ll now have access to all your Kindle highlights and notes.Kindle Notes

As you can see, I don’t currently have any notes or highlights to display.  Above is just what the Kindle Notes and Highlights dashboard looks like when it hasn’t been used, so you know you’re in the right place when you get to this page.

Highlighting Text on Your Kindle

Let’s talk about how you can add a highlight to your Amazon Kindle while you’re reading.  You can do this for a book or a document you’ve stored on your Kindle, and it’s easy to do. About as simple as highlighting a physical book, in fact.

  • Just drag your finger over the text that you want to highlight. After you take your finger off the Kindles surface you’ll see a notification telling you that you’ve just made a highlight.
  • If you’d like to undo the highlight right then, tap ‘undo’ in the toolbar that appears. If you come back later and you no longer need certain text highlighted, you can tap on it and choose to delete it, and the highlight gets removed.

So, that’s how you can highlight and remove a highlight on your Amazon Kindle. Easy, right?

Make Notes on Your Kindle

To make Notes on your Amazon Kindle, just swipe the area of text that you want to be noted, highlighting it.

  • Then, the toolbar appears at the top of your highlighted text.
  • Tap on ‘note’ in the toolbar area.
  • Finally, you can add notes with the on-screen keyboard and note card that appears.
  • When you’ve finished writing notes, tap Save in the lower right of your notecard.

If you need to edit a note, then tap on the number that appears at the bottom right of the highlighted note section.  The Notecard Box shows on your Kindle screen and you’ll have the option to share, delete, or edit your note.  Tap on edit if it’s needed, or delete if that’s what you’re after.

That’s all you need to do to take notes on your Kindle and keep track of the essential points of a book or document.

Editing Highlights Online

Once you’ve created your notes on highlights, you may want to edit them, delete them, or add more. You can do this using your favorite web browser. Visit the Kindle notes website as you did before and click on the book you’re interested in on the left-hand side. The right-hand side will show you the content you’ve captured.

To the right, click ‘Options’ which is highlighted blue to make it easier to find. From here you can open in Kindle using a web browser, of course, add a new note, or delete the highlight altogether.

If you choose to delete a highlight it will update across all of your Kindle devices and the note will disappear everywhere. If you’d like to add more highlights from a text, you can without ever getting up to grab your Kindle.

Adding Highlights Online

Visit the Amazon Reader website and choose the book you’re interested in. The book should automatically open to the last page you were on. To create a new highlight follow these steps:

  1. Drag your cursor over the text you’d like to highlight
  2. The option for ‘Highlight’ or ‘Note’ will appear (you don’t have to right-click, it will appear automatically)
  3. Choose ‘Highlight’
  4. The text will become highlighted and will not show up in your Kindle Highlights

You can also add a note. This is helpful in research or remembering a favorite quote you’d like to share with someone. Following the same steps as before click ‘Note’ instead of ‘Highlight’. Type the comments you’d like to make and click ‘Save’.

Your new note will show up along with the highlights.

To access the quotes, highlights, or notes on the go simply open the Kindle app on your smartphone or tablet and tap on the book you’d like to reference. Click on the paper icon in the upper right-hand corner (looks like notebook paper with a dog ear) and the highlights/notes will appear.

Wrapping Up

Now you can take notes and highlight text on your Amazon Kindle.  Whether you’re writing up a report or just want to remember key points or emphasize something that stood out, it’s easy to do. Kindle highlights are useful for quickly spotting important information while reading or on-the-go.

You can also access all your Kindle highlights and Notes online through your web browser or mobile app at any time.  Just head to read.amazon.com/notebook and all your snippets can get accessed in your very own online Kindle notebook.

2 thoughts on “How To View Kindle Highlights Online”

Avatar Zaiatz Paola Daniela says:
I dont think this works for books, pdf, etc that wearen’t purchased on de amazon book store. I don,t see my not purchased books there. Is there a way to do that with those not purchased books?

Sorry for my bad english. I’m a spanish speaker.

Avatar Ana says:
Yo tampoco lo veo. Estoy buscando una manera de encontrarlo..
Avatar Jennifer Youstra says:
Hey Heather,

Thanks for thee instructions. Any way I could downoad all of my highlights across books into a document? I think this functionality used to be available but I can no longer find a way.

Jennifer Youstra

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