Overcoming the Kindle Clipping Limit

The Kindle is a wonderful reading device, unfortunately it has some arbitrarily imposed limitations that severely impact its usability for serious study or research work.

One of the most limiting aspects, is the limit on “clippings”. These are the exported text highlights that you make when reading a book. If you find yourself reading a book for an assignment or article and have been fastidiously making highlights of important sections, you may very disappointed  when you go to retrieve those highlights from the “My Clippings.txt” file stored on your Kindle. Specifically, you may find this:

==========
Really Good Book: But You Can’t Clip! (Example Author)
- Highlight Loc. 7895-99 | Added on Friday, April 03, 1970, 08:13 AM

<You have reached the clipping limit for this item>
==========
Really Good Book: But You Can’t Clip! (Example Author)
- Highlight Loc. 7900-7905 | Added on Friday, April 03, 1970, 08:14 AM

<You have reached the clipping limit for this item>
==========

This is a far cry from what you were probably expecting to find, which was the actual passage that you highlighted!

So, here are some helpful links for enabling full clipping functionality for books that you have purchased:

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3 comments

  • florin

    April 1, 2012 – it does not make any sense for clippings to be limited on a Kindle. People buy Kindles so they don’t have to lug heavy books around. College students need to do a lot of underlining while studying so why would highlighting be limited? If there is no limit, obviously, in the hardcover or paperback reference book, why should the publisher limit highlighting on the Kindle version of the same book?

    • Hi Florin,
      Thank you for your comment about the Kindle clipping/highlighting limit. I agree with you 100%! As you and I have both experienced, it can be very frustrating :-( Hopefully Amazon will eventually encourage/force publishers to allow unlimited highlighting on the Kindle.

      Best regards,
      -JD

  • Fred

    Any reason why there is a limit for the number of clippings? I am quite disappointed of such limitation!

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