How can I transfer iPad book highlights and notes to my laptop?

Pierce Howard March 1, 2011
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I’ve switched from Kindle to iPad for reading eBooks. With Kindle, to copy highlighted areas and notes to Word docs, I simply connected the device to my laptop and accessed the notes/highlights on the Kindle as an external drive. I can’t figure out how to access my highights/bookmarks on the iPad and copy them to a Word document.

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  1. David Nichols
    April 5, 2012 at 5:17 am

    Ok, I think I figured this out.  I have converted some pdfs to read on my ipad using kindle but like you I could not figure out how to collect my highlights and notes into a word document.  After I finished my highlighting, I made sure the document was sent to my kindle 3 and when I opened up the document, all the highlights I made on the ipad kindle app, they were there.  Then, you can usb the kindle to your computer and copy paste them over into word.  A bit awkward and there must be a better way.  Now, I need to check to make sure further highlights made on my pdf document on the ipad appear on my kindle after I synch.  

    • Tina
      April 5, 2012 at 7:17 pm

      Thank a lot for sharing your solution, David!

      • David Nichols
        April 6, 2012 at 2:10 am

         I spoke too soon! When I look at my kindle 3, the highlights are there that I made from my ipad kindle but when I go to clippings, they are not there.  The only way to get the highlights into clippings is to go back and re-highlight them in the kindle and then they show up and you can copy/paste into word.  A real pain.  I hope my new kindle touch is not the same way or I am going to be one unhappy camper! 

        Sorry about that

  2. Tina
    March 7, 2011 at 6:56 pm

    Pierce,

    did you try the suggestions above and did you succeed in transferring your highlights and notes to your laptop? Let us know in case you need more help. Thank you!

    • Jane
      January 9, 2012 at 8:32 am

      No I couldn't transfer them.

  3. Pc Techguy3
    March 2, 2011 at 4:42 pm

    If you can copy&paste your highlights, notes and bookmarks, them paste them into the Note pad on the IPAD and email them to your self, This is a workaround but then you can put them into word that way. I do this with other apps I use...

    • Jamesbond19007
      December 21, 2011 at 11:11 pm

      What do I do, if I can't receive the note even if I emailed it to my email?

    • Jamesbond19007
      December 21, 2011 at 11:11 pm

      What do I do, if I can't receive the note even if I emailed it to my email?

  4. FIDELIS
    March 2, 2011 at 11:26 am

    Hello, if you are using iBooks to read your books and make notes you can access your highlights and notes the following way:

    -- tap on the Table of Contents button
    -- tap Bookmarks
    -- find Highlights and Notes under Bookmarks

    This article might provide some help for you too:
    http://bigthink.com/ideas/30602

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