I discovered Clippings.io yesterday from this blog post by James Clear. He’s a big advocate of keeping notes on all your reading and making those notes searchable, which is why he uses Clippings to import all of his Kindle notes and highlights into Evernote. Whoah.
I’m not an Evernote user. When I have to use a note taking app, Google Keep is simple enough. I jot down a few groceries or type out a quick customer service reference number, but that’s it. But I’ve been reading on a Kindle for almost 10 years now, highlighting and notating incessantly, so I couldn’t resist the urge to see it all in one place.
I opened accounts in both Clippings and Evernote (Clippings cost $1.99 per month). Then I watched as my brand new Evernote account populated itself with hundreds of passages from every Kindle book I’ve ever read. Critically, that included the notes I took on a book I’m teaching for the next two weeks but haven’t read in two years.
Keep reading. Keep highlighting. Keep typing out notes on your Kindle or scribbling them in the margins then typing them up later. The compilation your building is worth something.