How to get your Kindle book notes into Evernote

Some 11 months ago, I wrote a long, involved post about how to get your Kindle notes and highlights into Evernote automatically, which was not automatic and very involved.

Here’s a better way. It’s also not automatic, but contains relatively few steps.

  1. Read your book on Kindle or a Kindle app.
  2. Highlight parts and (optionally) write notes about those highlighted sections.
    1. You can share your notes if you wish (on my iPad, the only options are Twitter or Facebook), but it’s not necessary for this procedure to work.
  3. Finish the book (I don’t mean it’s essential to read the whole book, but you’ll see why later).
  4. Head on to your Kindle page on Amazon (you may have to sign in):
  5. You’ll see all your books listed in some kind of order (I think it’s alphabetical), and probably your most recently read book is not visible (unless it begins with A).

    Amazon Kindle page

    Click on image to see a larger one.

  6. From here, there are 2 ways to get the highlights and/or notes of your most recently read book. One is the long, pretty way, two is the shortcut:
    1. Find your book in the list and click on the title. This will take you to this page where you (again) have 2 choices.

      Click on image for a clearer version

      1. (Refers to the circle 1 in the image above). This will take you to your highlights.
      2. This will open your highlights in a pop-up window

        Click on image for a clearer version

        Click on image for a clearer version

  7. From your Amazon Kindle page (see first screenshot above), click on “Your Highlights”. This will take you to your highlights page, with the most recent ones at the top.
    1. I read books and make notes one book at a time, so all my highlights for any book are all in one uninterrupted list. If you are no so orderly and organized as I am, your highlights will be in chronological order you made them in, but may not be sorted by book title.
    2. Tough luck. In that case, follow the step in 6-1-1 above.
  8. If you’ve been obeying instructions, you should now have in front of you a page with all the highlighted passages from a single book that you read, and whose highlights you want to share or transfer to another medium or app.
  9. Assuming you want to copy all your highlights and notes from here to Evernote, just select all the ones you want then right-click and select “Evernote webclipper” and “clip selection” (mine’s in Japanese but trust me, that’s what it says).Rightclick
    How to Export Notes from Kindle to Evernote

Best wishes for 2015 & blog stats 2014

IMG_0148The turning of the year is a natural point from which to look back and reflect on what has passed, and to look forward to the future and what we hope and wish for. I used to think that understanding the past is vital before planning the future. The name of this blog is an example of that belief. I am less certain of that now. I still believe that understanding the past is important, however; I just don’t think it is as paramount as I used to. More about that below.

This is by way of introducing a set of statistics about this blog. I’m publishing it here mainly for my own purpose – because I’m sure to lose the link or forget how to navigate to it – rather than because I know my readers are eager for such info.

I use a WordPress plugin called Jetpack, and every year they provide me with a collection of statistics from the past year. Here’s the link to the 2014 report for this blog:

You’re welcome.

I wrote earlier that I no longer believe that understanding the past is vital to help us decide where we want to go or what we want to do or be in the future.  Just as important, if not more so, I now think, is being clear about what we really want. Where do I want to go? What do I want to see? What do I want to do? What kind of world or society do I want to live in? Because the past can also limit our vision of the future. We can become complacent and simply think of continuing in the future what we have done in the past.

Japan is a country with many long traditions (some are perhaps not as long as many believe or would like to believe – “bushido” being one example – but that is another matter). Tonight, millions of Japanese will visit a temple and ring the bell 108 times, and the next day visit a shrine, rubbing shoulders (and just about every other part of the body) with thousands of their fellow countrymen, packed together like Japanese in a New Year’s shrine,throw money in a box, buy some trinkets and go home. Why? Because it’s tradition. It has little to do with religion, as Mike Rogers pointed out in his hilarious piece on the Japanese KFChristmas. Just because that’s what people did last year and the year before that and the year before that.

But what was done in the past, however long the tradition may be, need not decide what we do in the future, unless we let it.

So, in 2015 what do you want to do, see, hear and feel? What kind of world do you want to live in?

Three thoughts:

1) “I would like the world to be such that children can grow up without losing their natural serenity. I would like this to become reality as soon as possible.”  – Haruchika Noguchi.

2) (In Japanese only) – The Future Times or 未来新聞 (mirai shimbun)  People post their visions of what the future will look like, complete with date.

3) The short video by Prem Rawat which prompted this blog entry: “No Need to Measure”

Decommissioning news from Fukushima









Right on schedule and just in time for Christmas, TEPCO succeeded in transferring all the fuel out of the spent-fuel pool of Reactor 4. Much still remains to be done, but this is good news.

Wishing you peace and joy

Today and every day (click the image to visit Words of Peace Global)


Decommissioning news from Fukushima


*The removal of the spent fuel assemblies was completed on November 5th,201The removal operation will continue to be performed in a safe and measured manner until the last fuel assembly has been removed and transferred to the common pool.

The new fuel removal has not progressed since Nov. 5th.

Decommissioning news from Fukushima

Reactor 4 Spent Fuel Pool over 87% cleared.

TEPCO Decommissioning news



  • Breakdown of transferred assemblies by kind
    Spent fuel   1276   assemblies/1,331 assemblies
    Unirradiated (New) fuel     22 assemblies/ 202 assemblies
  • Number of times of cask transportation:
    59 times

The fuel removal work was resumed on September 4, 2014, which had been suspended
since July 1, 2014 due to the annual inspection of ceiling crane.

*The radiation dose from new (unirradiated) fuel is small enough to handle by hand.

Peace quotes video

Successfully downgraded my ipad2 from iOS8!

First day of class. Plug in my iPad and get ready to show my presentation. My iPad is projected successfully onto the big screen, then…. blank! And an error message: “device not supported on this iPad”. What “device”?

Fiddling with the connections does no good. Abort the project. Initiate Plan B.

Apparently, I’m not the only one with this problem. There are lots of unhappy campers out there. The problem is caused by iOS8 which no longer supports any generic 30 pin adapter (not by Apple), but only a pure Apple-brand VGA adapter. Way to go to **** off a lot of customers, Apple.

Solution? Buy a pure Apple-brand adapter, of course!

Or, for those cheapskates who refuse to spring for the real thing (like me), the solution is to downgrade from iOS8 back to 7.1.2.

Here’s how: How to Downgrade iOS 8 to iOS 7.1.2 on iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch

Warning: even if you back up your device first, you cannot restore from that backup because it’s an iOS8 backup.

The article above tells you to download the iOS 7.1.2  firmware for your iPad. Trouble is, there are several different versions. I bought my iPad in Japan so I went to a Japanese site that explained how to downgrade. The instructions are the same, but it has a pull-down menu for all the different iPad versions. Which one is the right one?

First, you have to identify your iPad model. Here’s a page that helped me. It narrowed down my search to just 2, after downloading and trying to restore from 3 incompatible firmware files. The 2nd one worked. I downloaded the ipsw files from this Japanese site (with nice clear screenshots).

Things have not been going well for Apple recently, have they? These two articles helped restrain me from sleeping on the pavement outside the Apple store to get my hot little hands on the latest gizmo.




Peace for Citizens of Earth – Peace Day Sep 21st

Citizens of the Earth

“The time has come that every citizen of planet earth needs to take responsibility for the benefit of all mankind.”

  • Prem Rawat

Visit TPRF or Words of Peace Global for more information (日本語のサイトはWOPJ.JP)