technology for academics — a neat trick = kindle + twitter + evernote

I keep my notes for writing in Evernote, which is super-useful, all web2.0ey, free, and synched across devices in like a million ways — it’s a great brain-dump tool.

I’ve also started reading some academic books on kindle.

Now, you could take notes about those books the boring way. you could, e.g., type them directly into evernote.

OR. So the kindle has this service, I think it’s in beta, in which you can take a note on the device and share it to twitter.

So I created a private twitter account, and linked it to the kindle. This you can only do FROM the kindle, not from a computer — just create a note and tell it to save and share.

Or, allegedly, you can do it from kindle settings: quoth amazon:

1. Navigate to Kindle’s Home screen and press the Menu button.
2. Select “Settings” from the Home screen menu.
3. Select the “manage” option next to Social Networks on the Settings page.

Then when you make a note on the kindle you can tell it to shoot it straight to the private twitter. (Note, however, that these notes don’t include the “location number” from Kindle, so you should manually enter it.)

Then you can get those notes straight into evernote following these instructions (it works for protected tweets too).

After setting it all up, basically, add the location number and @myEN into a kindle note, click save and share, and voila… at least, I think. I’ve tested all steps up to actually doing that.

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3 Responses to “technology for academics — a neat trick = kindle + twitter + evernote”

  1. Jeff Albert Says:

    I thought you gave up on the kindle for academic reading. How did you solve the pagination issue?

  2. Daniel S. Goldberg Says:

    Yes, and since you loves teh Apple, why a Kindle rather than an iPad?

    (I say this as someone quite neutral on Apple products but who has, just in the last week or so, developed a Gollum-like obsession with the iPad after seeing multiple travelers with it on some plane flights).

  3. Paul Gowder Says:

    I like the kindle better for the non-eyestrain causing e-ink. (I’m susceptible to eyestrain. Tempted to get an ipad too though.)

    And I’m mostly solving the pagination issue by ignoring it. If I actually need to cite something in any of these texts, I’ll check out a hardcover copy from the library, or search google books or something. (Or hell, maybe even try to cite the kindle edition by those numbers.) It’s convenient enough to read on the kindle that I can put up with that.

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