Copy Kindle Text

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A frequent question and frustration related to various models of Kindle e-Readers is whether it is possible to copy text from the screen and send the text by e-mail. The short answer is, "No." This Instructable shows a way to do that, although not directly from the Kindle e-Reader. You will need another device onto which you can load the Kindle App.

The photo shows my 2011 vintage Kindle Touch e-Reader. The text is from the book Enigma: The Battle for the Code by Hugh Sebag-Montefiore (Wiley e-Book). I will show how to copy the highlighted text and paste it into an e-mail or a document.

Step 1: Download the App.

The Kindle App. is available free wherever you get your apps. The photo shows its icon on the screen of my iPad 2, but you can also install it on a phone or a computer. It works on Android and on Apple platforms.

Step 2: Download the Book to the Device App.

The photo shows the contents page in the Kindle App. on my iPad. Notice the buttons at the bottom that allow you to view your holdings in the Cloud or on your device. "Enigma..." is at the top of the list. Tap on it to download to your phone or tablet.

Step 3: Find the Passage to Copy

Locate the passage you wish to copy. Highlight it. A menu should appear for adding a note, highlighting in the color of your choice, sending it to a desired location, and copying. The yellow arrow points to the Copy button. Click on it.

Step 4: Paste to an E-mail

Open your e-mail program and begin a new e-mail. Paste the text into the e-mail, or into a document you are drafting.

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    calichigal

    2 months ago

    Thank you for posting this. I have often wished I could do this, but never paid attention to the icons that showed up when I highlighted things. I have a Kindle Touch and a Kindle Fire. After testing your instructions on my Fire, I decided to check it out on the Kindle for PC app on my laptop. Yep, that worked, too, using the mouse/curser, instead of my finger, since my laptop doesn't have a touch screen. Thanks, again!

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    Phil Bcalichigal

    Reply 2 months ago

    In part, I post things like this so I can remember what I did months or years later when I need it again. I am glad it is useful to you. Thank you for your comment and for looking.

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    raphan

    7 months ago

    The Calibre application can convert any kind of text. PDF, ePub or whatever to any other ebook format even with DRMs.