How to Copy Text From a Kindle Book

by Shawn McClain
David McNew/Getty Images News/Getty Images

As you read a book on your Kindle, you may want to save some text for future reference. While the Kindle enables you to copy and paste from Web pages in a browser, you cannot directly copy from an eBook. However, Amazon does offer a highlighting feature, which enables you to access highlighted text from your Amazon account.

Step 1

Navigate to the page on your eBook from which you want to copy text.

Step 2

Use your five-way navigational button to move the cursor to the location where you want to start highlighting. Press the middle of the button to start. If using a Kindle with a touch interface, simply press and hold on the spot to start.

Step 3

Move the cursor, either by using the five-way directional button or by dragging the highlighting icon, to the end of the passage that you want to highlight. Press the five-way directional button to complete the highlight. For Kindles with a touch interface, you will now have to choose "Highlight" from a menu that appears.

Step 4

Press the "Home" button to exit the book. This forces the Kindle to sync with your Amazon Kindle account.

Step 5

Navigate to the Amazon Kindle site (link in Resources). Log in to your Amazon account, if necessary.

Step 6

Click "Your Highlights" and a list of all your highlights will appear. Highlight the text by clicking and dragging your mouse over it, then press "Ctrl-C" to copy it.

Open a new word processing or text editing document. Place your cursor on the page and press "Ctr-V" to paste the copied text.


  • Your Kindle must have a connection for this to work. If you are currently somewhere without a signal, your Amazon account will not update with the highlight until the Kindle gets service.


Photo Credits

  • David McNew/Getty Images News/Getty Images

About the Author

Shawn McClain has spent over 15 years as a journalist covering technology, business, culture and the arts. He has published numerous articles in both national and local publications, and online at various websites. He is currently pursuing his master's degree in journalism at Clarion University.

More Articles