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Editor’s Note: As you may have noticed, this post was written during a period when the only Kindle you could buy was an e-ink Kindle with a keyboard. I put together the Notepad, a simple document to reside on the Kindle, that would allow the reader to take notes that would not be embedded in a book they were currently reading. Since that time, many, many new devices have been released, and readers today have lots of alternatives for notetaking. On the newer touchscreen devices like the Kindle Fire, the best way to approach the issue is to search the Amazon App Store for a notetaking app. We like the Notepad Pro, but we like the free version almost as much.
You can get the app here: Notepad Pro
For the older and newer e-ink models, there is a great notetaking app that also provides calendar support.
You can get the app here: Notepad Plus
But please, in the interests of historical accuracy, what follows is the post that I originally wrote at the dawn of the e-reader revolution, when checking your email using the Kindle’s experimental browser, linked to the original Whispernet service that shipped with the original Kindles, was about the coolest thing you could do with technology. Thanks for visiting EduKindle!
If you are like me, your pocket is full of little notes and reminders written on tiny, crumpled slips of paper. With the full keyboard, I always wondered why the Kindle did not provide for personal notetaking as part of the basic set up.
In order to solve my problem, I thought I would just convert and upload a singe page document and then keep my notes on the Kindle. Then I could view them in “My Notes and Marks” from the document menu using the scroll bar clicker, or save them to my computer through the “My Clippings” file that is kept as a text file on the Kindle itself.
Next, interested as I am in how documents can be properly formatted for the Kindle, or “Kindle Optimized,” I decided to create a document that could help keep my notes organized. What I came up with is the “notepad” document. Once it is loaded on your Kindle, this is what the screen will look like:
On this one, I have made one note, and you can see the little “note” icon next to the Note #1 text highlighted. When you click the menu and select “My Notes and Marks,” you will see the notes listed in order. You can also view (and edit) the note by selecting it with the scroll wheel; if you access your note this way, you will also be given the option to delete it.
Of course, editing or deleting a note will not affect the text of the Notepad document itself.
Nifty, huh? I have included this document for free download on the Downloads page.