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Can you annotate/highlight pdfs on kindle touch?

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Initial post: Nov 17, 2011, 1:06:27 PM PST
Omar Mellie says:
Just wondering

Posted on Nov 22, 2011, 7:40:52 AM PST
You can barely read pdfs on kindle touch.

Posted on Nov 22, 2011, 10:12:25 AM PST
Hello Omar Mellie,

To take advantage of any interactivity functionality on a PDF you have downloaded to your Kindle Touch, you should have the PDF converted through the Kindle Personal Document Service. You can send the PDF as an attachment from your account's approved email address to your email address.

I am providing you a link with more information and instructions regarding Transferring, Downloading, and Sending Files to Kindle Touch.

Best Regards,

Shannon A.
Amazon Kindle Customer Service

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 26, 2011, 10:35:14 AM PST
Jay Zeezer says:
Shannon, thanks for replying to this thread. What about PDFs that can't be converted with the Personal Document Service? There are a number of PDFs that I've tried converting that failed to convert.

Posted on Nov 30, 2011, 9:03:52 PM PST
J. Zhu says:
But I always can not convert the file correctly. For instance, the file contains some equations. After being converted from .pdf to .azw, the file becomes a mess. If I use .pdf, I can not highlight or select any words on that. Also, I can not rotate the screen to enlarge the pdf file. It seems worse than the previous edition Kindle.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 30, 2011, 9:15:40 PM PST
That's why I don't use those devices for PDF's (sorry, they look better on tablet).

Posted on Dec 7, 2011, 1:14:08 AM PST
J. Gardner says:
Does Kindle touch allow for highlighting and note taking?

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 7, 2011, 1:47:22 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 7, 2011, 1:48:10 AM PST
Dorsie says:
Yes, with two limitations.

1. The publisher sets the amount of text you can highlight in a book to a certain percentage of the total text, rarely more than 10%.

2. You cannot highlight across a page boundary. But you can easily change the font size with a 2 finger touch to change the font size up or down, and put the page break out of the range of your highlight.

Note taking is done via a pop-up virtual keyboard similar to, but about twice as big as, a large smart phone (such as iPhone.)

Posted on Dec 12, 2011, 9:39:18 PM PST
keep rollin' says:
Reading highlighted pdfs on Kindle touch:
I have pdf's on my computer that I tried to read on my Kindle touch- the highlighted portions of the document show up as grey and the words are not readable??? How can I load a pdf with highlights to my Kindle touch to read?

will my highlights from my kindle show up in adobe when I transfer the file back to my computer?


Posted on Dec 12, 2011, 10:22:51 PM PST
~Stone says:
Here is a working solution for being able to read PDFs in PDF format on the Touch. It's a little trouble to set up, but now I can read all my PDF files.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 20, 2012, 1:48:03 PM PST
Maria says:
The PDF converter can't handle figures, equations, etc. in many PDFs. We need the ability to highlight (or even just add notes) to PDFs using the native PDF reader that comes with the Kindle Fire *without* converting the PDF to an illegible format. I really hope this is in the next set of updates.

Posted on Feb 19, 2012, 9:26:06 PM PST
Codi W says:
I am able to view my PDF with no troubles including figures and equations, but I can't add notes to files that were scanned from a journal rather than articles that were creates from a doc file.

I'd prefer to not have to convert them to an inconvenient format since I move my files between devices.

Does anyone have a work around for this? This was one of the main reasons I got a kindle.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 26, 2012, 5:35:00 PM PDT
Philosobuff says:
The only possibility to get those to work AFAIK is to use OCR (Optical Character Recognition) software such as Abby FineReader or similar products (there are open-source alternatives like cuneiform). These will convert your picture into text and then hide that under the original image, making your PDF searchable, and allowing for highlighting and notetaking.

Posted on Dec 31, 2013, 5:28:05 PM PST
how to toggle from lcd to led on kindle hd fire

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 21, 2014, 3:08:11 PM PST
How do I take notes on PDF in kindle on an ipad

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 26, 2015, 7:42:02 AM PST
TT says:
I have the same issue except my PDF highlighting is completely after uploading to kindle. (I read on a Kindle Reader on my cell or on desktop.)

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 7, 2015, 2:24:23 PM PDT
Hey! I know it's been like 4 years, but I've been having the same issue of getting unreadable words when trying to read highlighted pdfs on my kindle. Have you found a way around it?

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 6, 2015, 9:12:42 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 6, 2015, 9:24:22 AM PDT
JM says:
I have the same problem, would be good to see that someone if working on a fix! Its a Paperwite from 2015.

I know that the text is still there available, but it is covered by a gray non-transparent layer (instead of the yellow transparent one from the original pdf). I can even select the text and make Kindle translate it, then the words show up in the translator.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 7, 2016, 11:16:23 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 7, 2016, 11:17:07 AM PDT
Note this method sends the PDF to one instance of Kindle in your account. If you want it on multiple installations, simply email it separately to each one. If you prefer to use native Kindle format instead of PDF simply put "convert" in the subject line of the email to send it to Kindle and it will auto-convert it.
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