Please add ability to export highlights and notes to a txt or doc

Status: New Idea

Suggested this on the old Issues & Suggestions board to no avail (the board that dissappeared about a year ago), but IMO it is worthy of being suggested again. So here goes.

 

It would be particularly helpful for non-fiction books if users had the ability to export their highlights and notes to either a txt or doc for quick reference. (Though some English majors might like this for their studies as well, so I am in no way suggesting this feature be limited to non-fiction.) From reviewing other software on the market, this is clearly doable because:

 

  • My original Sony reader (purchased back in 2009 prior to the NE1 going on sale) could do this --- admittedly it wasn't perfect, truncated highlights at 100 or 200 characters --- but it was doable.
  • There are currently some independent reading programs available on GooglePlay that will do this now.

Realize that B&N and/or the publishers may have concerns about users highlighting entire books, downloading all the highlights and then sharing the download (and they end up losing a sale.)  Don't really think this is going to happen, but recognize that it is a concern.  To that end, maybe you could implement it this way (or something like it):

1) Allow for a continuous highlight to export to 2500 or 3000 characters (allow us a full paragraph here and there.)

2) You can set some kind of maximum export % per book.  For example, say no matter how much I highlight, it will only export up to 50% of the total character count in the book.

 

Here's two examples of where it would be useful:

1) Technical books:  Some of them are kind of big.  (I have one thats about 4000 pages.)  It's just kind of unwieldly to use the bookmarks/highlights/notes feature in the book. (Mind you,I am glad it's there for the first run-through.)  Just would be nice if I could export the 100 or so pages of notes that are important to me for quick reference.

2) Travel books: Now travel books in ebook format sounds great, doesn't it?  You would think they would be a perfect fit together.  Load up travel books on your tablet in advance, read and highlight what you want to see, what restaurants you might want to visit, museums, etc.  Only carry the tablet instead of 3 books. Sounds like a great idea, right?  But chances are, the order of your trip won't follow the order of the book.  And you find yourself flipping through the book, muttering "Now what was the name of that restaurant, where's the highlight?"   Where if I could have exported this info in advance, could have re-arranged it according to date, put in some "if you have extra time, check out xxxx" etc.  As it was, I found myself going to the paper book I brought along more often (those little post-it notes made it easier.)

 

IMO, this is a practical, "reading centric" feature that I hope B&N will implement into their software.  Thanks for considering it.

 

 

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