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Initial post: Mar 18, 2011, 12:15:11 PM PDT
Terlen says:
i just downloaded the clippings for an entire book - virtually all highlights - for the first time - in the downloaded text file all the clippings from the end of the book did not appear - rather just the reference data i.e the Titile, auther and location with the statement <You have reached the clipping limit for this item> - the clippings still appear cpmplete on the Kindle itself - what has gone wrong? and how do i retrieve these clippings onto my computer??

Posted on Mar 18, 2011, 12:36:36 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 18, 2011, 12:37:21 PM PDT
Jazzy_Jeff says:
You can't. Publishers only allow so much to be copied. Hence copyright laws. If there were no limit it would be easy to copy the whole book.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 18, 2011, 12:56:24 PM PDT
ShirleyKat says:
Well, you have the location numbers, so go to the location and display the text. Then put your Kindle on a scanner or copier and copy the page. Or do a screen print of the page (or pages). Press Alt + Shift + G. Digital cameras might work if you can provide adequate light without flash.

The screen prints are GIF files sitting in your Kindle's documents folder. They are named screen_shot-<numbers>.gif.

Posted on Mar 18, 2011, 1:35:53 PM PDT
Bufo Calvin says:
Terlen, this is one of those things I do think should be on the book's product page.

Books have a clipping limit, to discourage people from distributing the entire book to other people. My understanding is that they are generally 5 or 10%, but they can be set to any amount (you may find public domain books that are 100%). As you discovered, you can still highlight when you reach that limit, but they don't "clip".

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Posted on Mar 18, 2011, 1:42:47 PM PDT
Esse says:
Do over-the-limit highlights still show up on the Kindle site?

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 18, 2011, 1:45:08 PM PDT
I believe so.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 18, 2011, 1:47:50 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 18, 2011, 1:56:22 PM PDT
Esse says:
Thanks, Seattle! I don't think I've hit the limit myself, so I didn't have a way to check that.

Terlen, if you sign in to, your highlight should all be available to you there. It might be a workaround for what you need. (Or maybe not! My apologies for potential misinformation.)

Posted on Mar 18, 2011, 1:50:21 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 18, 2011, 1:54:40 PM PDT
krystalspin says:
What everyone said.

I have heard (once) of a book with a clipping limit of 0%. Also of a textbook whose user found that the highlights stopped appearing after the third or fourth chapter -- pretty inconvenient, for a textbook you have perhaps paid nearly full (paper) price for and have the rest of the term to study! I think that person said the underlines even disappeared from the book-text, but I may be misremembering.

You never know the percent or that you have reached it, except when/if you check your My_Clippings.txt file. And erasing/deleting earlier highlights does not free up their percentage for more clips; this being to stop serial copying of whole books.

ETA @ Seattle, Esse
I haven't reached it myself, but I imagine that Terlen will not find the over-the-limit highlights online any more than in the My_Clippings.txt -- the reason there is a limit is (as Bufo said) to stop copying of whole books (or even major portions) and the online record is even more useful than the .txt file -- so allowing it while limiting the other would be against that purpose.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 18, 2011, 1:50:48 PM PDT
Bufo Calvin says:
I believe that they don't, Esse, but I'd have to confirm it.

I assuming you are talking about

(Amazon page relevant to the discussion)

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Posted on Mar 18, 2011, 2:12:17 PM PDT
I don't know, some books must have endless highlighting then. But I don't mess with my clippings file - because it is a mess.

Bufo may be right, because if removing highlights doesn't reset the highlight counter, it must be kept track somewhere else.

Posted on Apr 1, 2011, 6:42:35 AM PDT
E. Odom says:
Anyone know why I would hit a clipping limit on a word doc I created? I had a PDF file from a class I am taking that did not convert correctly to the kindle so I copied the whole thing and pasted it to a word doc. I then uploaded that to my kindle and managed to hit my clipping limit. This doesn't make sense to me because I don't see how the clipping limit could possibly be copied over to the word doc. Any thoughts?

Posted on Jun 10, 2012, 4:32:38 PM PDT
Debra A. says:
Since all your highlights do appear on your page, you can use Evernote's webclipper to store the page (or a selection on the page) etc.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 10, 2012, 5:00:20 PM PDT
Jazzy_Jeff says:
This thread is over a year old. The Fire was not out then.

Posted on Jun 10, 2012, 5:05:29 PM PDT
HN says:
I wish there was a way to disable the clip text file.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 10, 2012, 5:05:47 PM PDT
HN says:
That's what I do.
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