Using your Kindle as a notepad
When people on the street ask me if I have a pen, I always want to say, “No, do you need a keyboard? I have three of those.” 😉
Why would I carry a pen? I almost never use them. It’s not like I write checks…I have a debit card.
I was pretty amused to see the obsolescence of the pen as a plot point in a recent Fringe episode.
I don’t even make notes with pen and paper. I use my Kindle.
Yes, I mostly read on it, and it’s not as easy as typing on a laptop, but it does work. I use it in a practical sense at work fairly often.
I’ve mentioned that before, and I’ve had some people ask me how to do it, so I thought I’d do a post to explain it.
You can’t create a document on your Kindle…you can add notes to existing documents.
You could just make a note in the book you are reading. That’s how I started, and that works okay. It’s just a little weird to remember which book it was.
There are some advantages to using a Kindle store book to make your notes. The biggest advantage is that the notes are stored for you automatically at
That means you can copy and paste from that website right into an e-mail or a document, and that can be convenient.
However, I’ve created a text document using Windows, and put that in the Documents folder on my Kindle using my USB cable. I called it Notepad, but you could call it whatever you want. I just add notes to that. That makes them easy to find, and I delete them when I’m done. The disadvantage is that I need to connect the Kindle to my computer if I need to actually copy the notes. They’ll be in your MyClippings.txt file. Most of the time, my notes are just for my use, so I don’t typically have to send them anywhere.
One odd thing, though: I was making a note, and I edited it several times during a meeting. Only one note showed on the Kindle, but MyClippings.txt had a separate note for every time I edited it.
How do you make the notes?
Menu-Add a Note or Highlight
Then, you just type your note.
You can hit “enter” without ending the note.
To type numbers on a K3, you can either use the Sym key or use Alt and the top row of letters.
They go left to right, so
To put in symbols, like : / @ and so on, use the Sym key.
When the Sym button is pressed, you can continue to use the keyboard. However, to finish up, you’ll have to hit the Sym key again.
You’ll see the option either to Save the note or Save & Share. If you Save & Share, your note can also go to Twitter or FaceBook, if you’ve set that up.
How do you find the note again?
Just open the book or file. Then
Menu-View My Notes & Marks
You can edit it by hitting “enter”, delete it with delete key, and share it with Twitter or Facebook. My notes are often longer than I can see easily, so I’ll hit enter, but just not actually edit it.
That’s about all there is to it. If you send texts, you’ll probably find thumb-typing on the Kindle pretty easy. I type quickly, but text embarrassingly slowly. However, I do think making these notes is improving my texting speed…a collateral benefit. 😉
There are some utilities you can buy from the Kindle store to serve as a notepad. These will have the advantage of backing up your notes to that Kindle.Amazon.com site. For some people, it might be worth a dollar to get the file on your Kindle easily and to have that backup. You won’t open the document and see your notes immediately…it will be like notes in the text file I use. You’ll still have to call up the note, either by selecting the superscript number or doing Menu-View My Notes & Marks.
This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog.