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Old 02-18-2012, 01:55 PM   #8
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Join Date: Feb 2012
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Originally Posted by dwig View Post
I've always done a backup of my Kindle by copying everything visible to a dated folder on one of my hard drives. Since most of my books come from sources other than Amazon (I read a lot of PD books) I can't rely on their archive for most of my library.

What modest number of personal annotations I make are easy enough to access from the My Clippings.txt file. Here is a clip of a section of the file that shows some notes I made while proofreading a book, Red Harvest by Dashiell Hammett, I was working on:

Spoiler:

Red Harvest (Dashiell Hammett)
- Note Loc. 1384 | Added on Friday, September 24, 2010, 12:27 PM

incorrect <p> just after 'Sure you was,'
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Red Harvest (Dashiell Hammett)
- Note Loc. 1434 | Added on Friday, September 24, 2010, 12:37 PM

false p here
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Lysistrata
- Note Loc. 58 | Added on Friday, September 24, 2010, 05:44 PM

whoops... should be self and no extra space
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Red Harvest (Dashiell Hammett)
- Note Loc. 1491 | Added on Friday, September 24, 2010, 05:56 PM

look...
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Red Harvest (Dashiell Hammett)
- Note Loc. 1938 | Added on Friday, September 24, 2010, 11:15 PM

chapter out of order
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You can see that I took a break from RH and read a little of Lysistrata before returning to RH.

Since the mobi format's "location" numbers are consistent across all devices and all user settings (text size, display orientation, ...) the annotations can be matched up to the original text on any replacement device.
When I bought my Kindle I thought this was a really good aspect - a lot of kit doesn't give you access of this kind so being able to just drag everything from the kindle 'drive' to your computer for a backup is excellent and I've been backing mine up in this way too. Much better than having to use applications to carry out backups - I'm always rather suspicious of those as you can't really be sure what it's actually backed up!
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