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Old 01-10-2020, 08:46 AM   #1
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Question Exporting Notes / Highlights

Hello all,

I have had an Aura One for 2 years now and I'm very satisfied with the screen and speed of the device. However, taking notes / highlights and exporting them is very cumbersome. The workflow is so annoying that I don't even bother with it anymore, which is really hurting my retention in non-fiction books especially.

The Kindle e-readers seem to support Readwise. What's really nice about this is that it has an option to display a random highlight / note which is good for repetition. That said, I don't like the Amazon ecosystem.

I know that in KO Reader it should be possible to export to Evernote at least, but before I go through all the trouble of adding a custom reader, how well does that even work? It's hard to find any examples of people doing this online.

Are there any other alternative workflows to easily export highlights / comments to any major note taking app? (Evernote, Readwise, Notion etc.) How do you guys deal with this?

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Old 01-13-2020, 05:26 PM   #2
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You're probably aware of the following (semi-cumbersome) method but just in case you're not, here's the link:
https://medium.com/@angeldan1989/how...s-20606b7159b6
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@RamonR: I have covered how to get annotations from Kobo devices in https://www.mobileread.com/forums/sho...01#post3215101. There is one method I can think of that is missing, but, it doesn't work with firmware later than 3.19.x.

As to feeding to other systems, it has been mentioned in the past, but not discussed much. From what I can tell, I don't think many people are using annotations on these devices in way that this would actually be useful. Personally, my use is limited to marking errors to fix and something to look up later. I don't know if any of the methods above are suitable for feeding to these other systems. It is probably possible to change some to be more suitable, but, it would depend on what is needed and how much interest there is.

And as you are interested in using Readwise, you should hassle them. I read their FAQ and what they say for the Kobo devises is a cop-out. Especially as they include instructions for using the "My Clippings.txt" file from a Kindle. It isn't as convenient if you have to plug the device in, but, it is possible and would expand their market.
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Old 01-17-2020, 10:21 AM   #4
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You're probably aware of the following (semi-cumbersome) method but just in case you're not, here's the link:
https://medium.com/@angeldan1989/how...s-20606b7159b6
Thanks, that's already a step in the right direction at least! Wasn't aware to be honest!
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Old 01-17-2020, 10:24 AM   #5
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@RamonR: I have covered how to get annotations from Kobo devices in https://www.mobileread.com/forums/sh...01#post3215101. There is one method I can think of that is missing, but, it doesn't work with firmware later than 3.19.x.

As to feeding to other systems, it has been mentioned in the past, but not discussed much. From what I can tell, I don't think many people are using annotations on these devices in way that this would actually be useful. Personally, my use is limited to marking errors to fix and something to look up later. I don't know if any of the methods above are suitable for feeding to these other systems. It is probably possible to change some to be more suitable, but, it would depend on what is needed and how much interest there is.

And as you are interested in using Readwise, you should hassle them. I read their FAQ and what they say for the Kobo devises is a cop-out. Especially as they include instructions for using the "My Clippings.txt" file from a Kindle. It isn't as convenient if you have to plug the device in, but, it is possible and would expand their market.
I'm on the latest firmware but thanks for the suggestion!

I must say highlighting on the Kobo feels weird in any case. It's hard to drag the handles with a great amount of accuracy. I could definitely just use my phone or a tablet, but the problem with that is that I get distracted too easily. Maybe future e-reader technology will be better for this purpose!

Nevertheless, I'll try to send them an e-mail. Hopefully more Kobo readers want this feature.
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I must say highlighting on the Kobo feels weird in any case. It's hard to drag the handles with a great amount of accuracy. I could definitely just use my phone or a tablet, but the problem with that is that I get distracted too easily. Maybe future e-reader technology will be better for this purpose!
Highlighting on Kobo works flawlessly, but only if the ebook is in kepub format.

Of course you can convert all of your ebooks to kepub using Calibre and the KepubOutput plugin, but you won't be able to transfer the current highlightings from your epub/mobi files to the kepubs.

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Old 01-19-2020, 10:10 AM   #7
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There is a problem in Kobo Aura One that can influence Highlighting: the precision of the touch is not good. As far as I can read here the other Kobo devices don't have the same issue.
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