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Old 12-27-2010, 09:59 AM   #1
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Create a notepad (empty book)?

Hi all,

As you can make notes and annotate a book, I was wondering...If I create a book with no content (other than maybe a title on the first page), could this be used as a simple note taking "app"?

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Old 12-27-2010, 10:16 AM   #2
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Every note you take on every book or other documents will be in your "My Clippings.txt" text file in your Documents folder on Kindle. You don't need an additional Note App for that. You don't need an empty eBook for that.
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Old 12-27-2010, 01:22 PM   #3
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Yes you can use any book you have to make notes but I am one of those people who simply prefers a separate application for that unless the note-taking is relevant to the book in question.

You can simply make a .txt file with some words in (you need some text to "attach" your notes to) and place that on your Kindle.

Or I prefer to use an online app such as simpletext.ws which is something that also syncs with my iPhone:

http://www.kinworm.com/2010/10/handy...ur-kindle.html
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Old 12-27-2010, 01:24 PM   #4
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could this be used as a simple note taking "app"
That's an interesting idea. It would all get added to the "my clippings" file but an "empty book" might give you a bit of organization. So yeah, you can do that; I'd just create a one page file in word and email it to the free email account or push it over with Calibre.
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Old 12-28-2010, 01:12 AM   #5
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You can simply make a .txt file with some words in (you need some text to "attach" your notes to) and place that on your Kindle.
How do you open a text file (or any file) for editing on a Kindle?
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Old 12-28-2010, 01:17 AM   #6
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You can't edit it on the Kindle. All you can do is highlight or add notes.
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You can't edit it on the Kindle. All you can do is highlight or add notes.
That's what I thought. So I don't see the point of placing a text file (other than "My Clippings.txt") on the Kindle. Unless the idea is to edit the file on a computer and sideload or e-mail it to the Kindle, but that seems like a lot of hassle if the file is going to be regularly updated.

A Notepad-like utility for the Kindle would be nice.
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Old 12-28-2010, 08:01 PM   #8
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A Notepad-like utility for the Kindle would be nice.
That's what I was aiming for in the absence of a dedicated app. I suppose an empty book or the like would be the closest we'll get for a while.

Thanks everyone for the replies. Much appreciated
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A Notepad-like utility for the Kindle would be nice.
That would be VERY nice. As well as a copy/paste function.
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Old 12-28-2010, 09:35 PM   #10
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That would be VERY nice. As well as a copy/paste function.
When you underline sections in a book, they're automatically copied to a text file named "My Clippings" that you can copy to your PC via a USB connection.

The only limitation as to how much of the book's text you can copy are the restrictions placed on the individual book by the author or publisher. Most have no restrictions. A few (such as A Briefer History of Time by Stephen Hawking) don't allow any text to be copied.

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Old 12-28-2010, 11:32 PM   #11
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That's what I thought. So I don't see the point of placing a text file (other than "My Clippings.txt") on the Kindle. Unless the idea is to edit the file on a computer and sideload or e-mail it to the Kindle, but that seems like a lot of hassle if the file is going to be regularly updated.

A Notepad-like utility for the Kindle would be nice.
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Old 12-29-2010, 05:22 PM   #12
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The link is only to a single post. I can't figure out what the attachment is supposed to be. Does a Kindle need to be hacked in order to install an app or is this something completely different? I'm a Kindle noob remember!
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There are a number of 99cent 'journal' or 'notes to self' titles on the Kindle Store, which are specifically designed as items to organize and aggregate your notes. The advantage to this approach (as opposed to creating your own) is that your notes will be stored to your kindle.amazon.com page where they can be more conveniently extracted than using my clippings.txt. And they sync between devices, e.g. K4PC, K4Mac etc where the typing can be quicker...
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