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  • Does this ebook software exist?

    I'm looking for an ebook reader + software that can do the following

    - As I'm reading, I would like to highlight quotes (ideally, if I could tag/keyword the quotes directly that would be a plus)

    - I can then sync the ebook reader to my PC (either desktop or web-based app) where it will extract what I highlighted and also correctly cite them (i.e. title, author, page, etc.)

    - At that point I can add extra tags/keywords

    - And essentially the software creates a database of quotes. Were I can sort them by book title, author, subject, tag/keyword, etc.

    Does anything like this exist?

  • #2
    Originally posted by Usrz View Post
    I'm looking for an ebook reader + software that can do the following

    - As I'm reading, I would like to highlight quotes (ideally, if I could tag/keyword the quotes directly that would be a plus)

    - I can then sync the ebook reader to my PC (either desktop or web-based app) where it will extract what I highlighted and also correctly cite them (i.e. title, author, page, etc.)

    - At that point I can add extra tags/keywords

    - And essentially the software creates a database of quotes. Were I can sort them by book title, author, subject, tag/keyword, etc.

    Does anything like this exist?
    No, it doesn't exist. It probably won't exist for some time, and may never exist.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Usrz View Post
      Does anything like this exist?
      Not as far as I know and no rumors or plans that any company making e-book readers has shared. Also no open source stuff that comes close. Why not write one?

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      • #4
        ^ Ha! I wish I was that talented


        Then is there anything that's remotely similar? Like just simple highlighting of text and then the ability to extract the text?

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Usrz View Post
          ^ Ha! I wish I was that talented


          Then is there anything that's remotely similar? Like just simple highlighting of text and then the ability to extract the text?
          As you might guess, the barriers are mostly legal, not technical. Publishers and authors are not particularly eager to provide you with this ability.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Usrz View Post
            Then is there anything that's remotely similar? Like just simple highlighting of text and then the ability to extract the text?
            Kindles can save notes. I haven't checked my notes file to see if I can extract out useful data. BRB

            OK Back again. On my kindle I can save notes attached to the sections within an e-book and I can highlight sections and I can set bookmarks.

            All user defined data are saved in 2 files My Clippings.mbp and My Clippings.txt

            The .mbp file appears to be an encoded file that the kindle operating system uses. The .txt file consists of a plain text file that has bookmarks, highlights and notes. Each datum is separated by a string of = so it would be fairly simple to extract out the notes vs the bookmarks vs extracted text and add them to a simple database.

            The notes are user entered text.

            The bookmarks refer to kindle locations.

            The highlights are sections of the e-text that you have selected.

            Here's what the 3 types look like in the text file:

            ==========
            Getting Things Done (David Allen)
            - Bookmark Loc. 712 | Added on Saturday, September 12, 2009, 09:53 PM

            physical, visible activity that needs to be engaged
            ==========
            Getting Things Done (David Allen)
            - Note Loc. 573 | Added on Thursday, September 17, 2009, 07:36 AM

            5 phases test off kindle notes
            ==========
            Getting Things Done (David Allen)
            - Highlight Loc. 575-76 | Added on Thursday, September 17, 2009, 07:43 AM

            out many (or any) real actions to take. But if you don’t decide what needs to be done about your secretary’s birthday, because it’s “not that
            ==========

            So, your mission, should you choose to accept it is to figure out how to parse that data into a small database for use later.

            I have a rev 1 kindle. I assume the function is the same on newer kindles but cannot verify as I don't own one.

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            • #7
              Kindles 1 and 2

              Originally posted by Oogiem View Post
              Kindles can save notes. I haven't checked my notes file to see if I can extract out useful data. BRB

              OK Back again. On my kindle I can save notes attached to the sections within an e-book and I can highlight sections and I can set bookmarks.

              All user defined data are saved in 2 files My Clippings.mbp and My Clippings.txt

              The .mbp file appears to be an encoded file that the kindle operating system uses. The .txt file consists of a plain text file that has bookmarks, highlights and notes. Each datum is separated by a string of = so it would be fairly simple to extract out the notes vs the bookmarks vs extracted text and add them to a simple database.

              The notes are user entered text.

              The bookmarks refer to kindle locations.

              The highlights are sections of the e-text that you have selected.

              Here's what the 3 types look like in the text file:

              ==========
              Getting Things Done (David Allen)
              - Bookmark Loc. 712 | Added on Saturday, September 12, 2009, 09:53 PM

              physical, visible activity that needs to be engaged
              ==========
              Getting Things Done (David Allen)
              - Note Loc. 573 | Added on Thursday, September 17, 2009, 07:36 AM

              5 phases test off kindle notes
              ==========
              Getting Things Done (David Allen)
              - Highlight Loc. 575-76 | Added on Thursday, September 17, 2009, 07:43 AM

              out many (or any) real actions to take. But if you don’t decide what needs to be done about your secretary’s birthday, because it’s “not that
              ==========

              So, your mission, should you choose to accept it is to figure out how to parse that data into a small database for use later.

              I have a rev 1 kindle. I assume the function is the same on newer kindles but cannot verify as I don't own one.
              I can't speak to this specific function, but most all functions on the Kindle 2 have improved over the Kindle 1. I bought my dad a Kindle 2 and just can't stand it...I'm upgrading in November.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Barb View Post
                I'm upgrading in November.
                Going to sell the old kindle? We may want another for hacking...

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                • #9
                  'Fraid not

                  Originally posted by Oogiem View Post
                  Going to sell the old kindle? We may want another for hacking...
                  As of now, hubby wants the old one. If he changes his mind, I'll let you know.

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                  • #10
                    There's supposed to be new eBook readers coming out later this year or earlier next year, from Sony, I think. However, I don't know if there will be a notes feature for these readers.

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                    • #11
                      hand held line scanner thingy

                      A few years ago, I bought, but never could get it to work, a hand held line scanner from some tech outfit in the Boston area. It was supposed to translate also. It is like bar code scanner. I saw people using one in a town records department collecting data for ???maybe a law suit. I saw it advertised in one of those airline magazines. I saw college students using them in a library, too.

                      I thought that you could get it to hold the scanned lines in memory and then upload that data. to a word doc. I lost interest in fussing with it, so I cannot report on how it really works. And in my case working through the documentation can make it seem like the thing isn't working. so if you can locate one of these (from the above clues) and make it work, you might achieve what you want for when you are working from a book or journal.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Oogiem View Post
                        So, your mission, should you choose to accept it is to figure out how to parse that data into a small database for use later.

                        I have a rev 1 kindle. I assume the function is the same on newer kindles but cannot verify as I don't own one.
                        Thanks so much for the info Oogiem!

                        I'll definitely look into this direction.


                        Originally posted by Jamie Elis View Post
                        A few years ago, I bought, but never could get it to work, a hand held line scanner from some tech outfit in the Boston area.
                        Yeah, I've seen one of those before. But like you said, they seem a bit unwieldy. Also I would prefer to move away from physical books to ebooks since I travel a lot.

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