Klib - Kindle Highlights & Notes Manager

Klib (Kindle library) is a new way to manage Kindle highlights and notes. As a great Kindle clippings manger, Klib could help you gain more from reading.

1. Klib: Live For Notes

Focus on Now

The number of books we read is ever-increasing. If we consider all these books together, we will be lost.

Klib is an app which groups all your read books together in one place. Your ‘read books’ group can be collapsed. You can even hide the book list and only read the notes.

Tips:

  • You can select multiple books and mark them as read. It’s very useful after doing an import for the first time.
  • If you usually read saved web pages in Kindle, with Klib you can merge them together as one book.
  • How do you distinguish between highlights and notes? Easy, Klib notes haves an ✍️ Emoji icon at the beginning of each entry.

Review Notes in Kindle for macOS

When reviewing notes, you may want to read that part of the book again. In this case, Klib can open Kindle for macOS and jump to the exact location. Very cool and useful.

You can also press the Space bar in Klib to quickly preview the selected note. Feel familiar?

Open With Amazon

When reviewing books we sometimes want to view the table of contents, customer reviews, or other books written by same author. In this case, Klib can open the book on the Amazon site with one click.

Operation Demo

Free to Edit

In Klib you can freely edit the book title, author, highlights, notes, etc.

Mark as Chapter

Chapters are very important when review notes of a book. But unfortunately Kindle didn’t export these information. How to do? Here is a way to walk around it.

  • Add highlight for chapters’ text.
  • After imported into Klib, select all the highlights for chapters, mark them as chapters.
  • When copy a book’s highlights and notes, Klib will add 2nd level titles for chapters.

Search Anything

You can search for any of the following content in Klib:

  • Book title
  • Author
  • Note
    • Content
    • Location
    • Date

For example, if I want to search a note with the text value which I read in 2017, just search 2017 value.

2. Klib: Start From Importing

Import From Kindle

How to import:

  • Connect your Kindle to your Mac via USB.
  • Click the menu File > Import from Kindle… in Klib.
  • Choose the Kindle folder in the pop up dialog and start Import.

Tips:

  • You only need to import manually the first time. Later Klib will automatically import your notes the next time when your Kindle connected.
  • If you ever deleted any books or notes, and want to restore, just select Import deleted books or notes during import.

Disadvantages of Importing this way:

  • You need to connect your Kindle via USB each time.
  • Doesn’t include notes made by Kindle for iPhone or other Kindle clients.

Import From Amazon

It is recommended to import from Amazon, which is very easy to use.

  • You can import wirelessly, there’s no need to connect the Kindle via USB.
  • You can also import notes made using other Kindle clients.

How to import:

  • Click the menu item File > Import from Amazon… in Klib.
  • You need to authorize when importing for the first time.
    • Tip: You need to subscribe to Klib Extensions to import from Amazon.
  • Later, Klib will import automatically from Amazon on startup.

Import From iBooks

If you prefer iBooks, you can also import iBooks highlights and notes into Klib.

How to import:

  • Click the menu item File > Import from Amazon… in Klib.
  • You need to authorize when importing for the first time.
    • Tip: You need to subscribe to Klib Extensions to import from Amazon.
  • Later, Klib will import automatically from Amazon on startup.

Import via macOS Services

If you want to highlight and record a paragraph during read, just select them and add to Klib via macOS Services.

Operation Demo

Tips:

  • You can choose which book to save in Klib’s Preferences.
  • You can create a new book to save the highlights.
  • You can use Command + K shortcut to quickly add.
    • You can modify the shortcut in macOS Preferences > Keyboard > Shortcuts > Services > Add to Klib.

3. Klib: Free To Export

Sharing knowledge is a good thing.

Export To Evernote

Klib could automatically export Kindle highlights and notes to Evernote. And then you can easily review your notes via Evernote clients on iPhone or any other device.

How to export:

  • Click the menu item File > Export to Evernote… in Klib.
  • You need to authorize when exporting for the first time.
  • Later, Klib will automatically export to Evernote on startup or when importing new notes.

Tips:

  • A new Klib notebook will be created in Evernote.
  • Klib also creates the tags Klib, Book, Read Book for content exported into Evernote.
  • No matter how you rename or move Klib notebook in Evernote, Klib could exactly export to the same notebook.
  • Klib will override notes in Evernote whenever you modify books or notes.
    • Tips: For this reason the notes in Evernote are read only.

Copy as Markdown

After copying notes as Markdown, you can easily share them on your blog or anywhere else.

In fact, this is why I developed Klib. After reading a book I like to summarise it in my blog. And the highlights and notes are important parts of the summary. So, I made Klib to copy them as Markdown.

Share

You can easily share your read notes via Twitter, Facebook and other Apps in macOS share services.

Tips: Could active services in System Preferences > Extensions.

Export Database

You can easily export Klib’s entire database, and then share it with others, or sync to different computers.

How to export:

  • Click the menu item File > Export… in Klib.
  • You can also export only the selected books. Just select the books, then press the Option key, and click the File > Export Selected Book… menu item in Klib.

Tips:

  • How to import the exported database? It’s the same as with importing from Kindle. Just choose the database file during an import.

4. Klib: Great Experience

It’s not enough that the app just works, it needs to work well.

Klib Labs

New features will be observed in the lab for a while. If you do not like, the new features may be adjusted or even removed. And they may be charged if passed the observation.

Native Interaction

Klib works like the built-in app Reminders, which is great for notes management.

So, now you’re a Klib expert.

Efficiency with Shortcuts

Klib supports a variety of shortcuts.

ShortcutFeature
TabSwitch among books, notes and search.
SpaceQuick look
ArrowSwitch nearby book or note
J KWorks as arrow key. Vim users will like it.
Command + FSearch
Command + IGet Info
Command + CCopy
Command + Shift + CCopy as Markdown
Command + Shift + RMark as read
Command + Option + SHide sidebar
Command + Ctrl + FEnter or exit fullscreen
Command + KOpen in Kindle for macOS
Command + Shift + IImport from Kindle
Ctrl + Shift + IImport from Amazon
Option + Ctrl + Shift + IForce import from Amazon
Command + Shift + EExport
Ctrl + Shift + EExport to Evernote
Command + DeleteDelete selected books or notes
Command + ZUndo
Ctrl + FFeedback
Ctrl + Option + FFeedback by email

5. Klib: Keep on Moving

Please send any suggestions you may have, I will give them seriously consideration.

Klib will keep on improving, e.g. some planned improvements are:

  • Organizing books using tags.
  • Improving the import experience for reviewing notes.

6. Get Klib Now

Press Kit

Klib is a great Kindle mate for macOS. Please introduce Klib to any book lovers you know. You will help them to get more out of reading.

Download Press Kit

Thanks

Thanks for all the volunteers’ help.

  • Klib’s Logo was designed by Allen
  • Huanbo Tu helped to translate Klib to German.

Download Klib

Mac App Store

Klib can manage 20 books by default, or you can upgrade to Klib Pro to manage unlimited books. You need to subscribe to Klib Extensions to import from Amazon.

If you think Klib is helpful, you are invited to rate Klib on Mac App Store and leave a small review. You want to share Klib with your friends? Cool!

If you had any problem using Klib or have any suggestions for improvements, please feel free to contact me.

I look forward to hearing from you!