Q: If I remove an Amazon book from my Kindle are my marks and bookmarks deleted from the "My Clippings File"?
No, they remain in that file. The marks (notes, highlighting, and bookmarks) are copies of what you did for your books and are actually retained in the
So, even when the book is inadvertently deleted, copies of the annotations and bookmarks are still on the Kindle in straight-text format for your use.
(This is why, in the infamous '1984' incident here, the notes taken for homework actually were still on the kindle.)
The actual marks that are used with your Kindle book are kept in a small associated file for each book, for reference by the Kindle when the book is opened.
The My Clippings 'book' file is a pure-text file (unlike the book's associated marks-file, which has placement coding in it). The My Clippings file is made so that the customer can edit or print, at any time, the clippings that were saved while reading.
To do that, you attach the Kindle to your computer, via the USB cable that is part of your power cord, and use the file manager to copy that file to your computer. You can then edit or print that copy as you would any text file.
Q: If I delete a non-Amazon book from my Kindle are my marks and bookmarks deleted from the "My Clippings File"?
No, those also remain in the My Clippings file, which is a separate file kept for you so that you can work with it, apart from your book. Each note or highlight that you make is automatically copied to that file for use in editing and printing.
When editing a copy of the file, I recommend highlighting, copying and pasting the file's text to a WORD doc or any text-editing program you use that allows you to retain the bolding for the headings, which look like this:
" Your highlight at location 1596 "
as that will make your actual notes easier to differentiate from the headers.
Q: Once I load the "My Clippings" text file onto my computer:
Is there an easy way to assemble all the clippings and marks from a single book into one location?
Unfortunately, there's no Kindle utility for that. However, there is a WORD macro made by a Professor that will sort the file and display the notes BY book. From the professor's description:
Here’s what the macro does:If you try it and like it, let him know.
* Creates a table of highlights, notes and bookmarks.
* sorts the table by book and location in book
* removes a (now useless) column
* changes the font to a smaller one
* adjusts the column sizes
Q: Can I delete some of the information and copy the altered My Clippings file back on my kindle?
Yes, you can, and it's a good idea. However, if you decide you prefer to start afresh and you remove the file from the Kindle, the Kindle will create a new one the next time you make an annotation or a bookmark. Anyone doing that should definitely keep a backup-copy on the computer of what was done in the past in case it's ever needed.
Q: If I delete the My Clippings file and start fresh, will I still be able to view marks previously made in a book by searching the "My Marks" from the book menu?
As long as your book remains on the Kindle, yes, you'll be able to do that because the actual marks referenced by the book you open are in the small marks-file that is associated with the book.
As a bonus -- although it's not a feature that Amazon advertises -- a private, password-protected annotations webpage is made at Amazon for each customer, if the customer has Annotations Backup enabled. This feature backs up, to Amazon servers, annotations for books purchased from Amazon but not annotations for any of your other books or personal documents.
You find that Kindle setting with Menu button/Settings/Menu button.
If you delete an Amazon-purchased book (which then just retains it in your Archives at your Amazon page) and then decide you want to download it again, your annotations will also be archived along with the book and will be downloaded as well whenever you need to re-download that book.
I've written a detailed explanation of how to use that very useful Amazon annotations webpage tool.
(However, if you ever want to permanently delete an Amazon book from your Amazon highlights -- you'd need to re-buy the book if you wanted it again -- that's also possible. Some found they hated some books they'd bought and strongly requested that permanent-removal feature.)
Hope that helps!
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