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Initial post: Sep 3, 2013 5:00:58 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 3, 2013 5:03:49 AM PDT
Balthazar says:
I'm a graduate student about to embark on my thesis. My Kindle Paperwhite has been a lifesaver this summer, in allowing me to get through a massive amount of pages without carrying around a suitcase of books, and in accessing books quicker than I would normally be able to.

But I find some things frustrating as well. For instance, the Notes & Marks section is not very convenient. (That is, unless the functionality I am missing is actually there, if so please enlighten me!)

I usually make a lot of highlights and notes in sections relevant to my thesis. This means that the Notes & Marks section can be quite extensive, for instance I am going through a book now where I have 75 pages of notes and marks.

Now, what I really would like to be able to do is to sort my marks, for instance by chapters. If I know the highlight I am looking for is in chapter 13, I should be able to sort Notes & Marks so that only those from that chapter appears (as long as the book is properly formatted with chapters, of course).

Also, it would be great if I could leave the Notes & Marks section (exit the book to look at something else) and then come back to it without having to start from page 1 again. Currently I write down which note page I am at, so that I remember it for next time I enter the section. Last time I left the book I was at page 30 of the Notes & Marks, which means I have to slide my finger over the screen 30 times to get back there. A bit annoying in the long run.

I know the Kindle is not targeted at academic texts specifically, but it seems to me these would be very simple functions to implement without ruining the simplicity of navigation for "normal" users.

But perhaps I am mistaken? Is it possible to do the things I want to do on the paperwhite? Any suggestions would be great!

Posted on Feb 9, 2014 8:27:30 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 9, 2014 8:38:02 AM PST
Martin J says:
I have the same problem. I bought a textbook for the Kindle, and while it is easier to read than a heavy, bulky physical textbook (the main reason I got it), I already have 27 pages of notes and I'm only 9% of the way through the book.

The Android Kindle app is actually better in this respect, as it has a sliding list that you can finger-swipe to scroll through at high/variable speed. As it is, the physical Kindle is soon going to become totally unusable for my purposes because of the sheer number of pages of notes I'm going to have.

It also makes the bookmark feature somewhat pointless.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 9, 2014 8:36:58 AM PST
Martin - Go to http://kindle.amazon.com/your_highlights to access your notes. You can copy them into a Word document and edit them.

Posted on Feb 9, 2014 11:52:38 AM PST
Martin J says:
Thanks. However, that doesn't solve the problem entirely. One of the things I use them for is to navigate around the document - for instance, sometimes a problem description refers back to a problem in an earlier chapter. I will then go back to the earlier problem to re-familiarise myself with it. Usually, this is easy enough, as there is a link to the earlier chapter. However, in order to get back to my current position, I have to go into "My Notes & Marks" and wade through everything in order to find my bookmark.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 11, 2014 7:36:34 PM PST
KidOnTheHill says:
THANK YOU!! This is a game-changer. :)
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