Take Note! It's Now Even Easier to Share Your Kindle Notes and Highlights with Friends (U.S., U.K., Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, India)

Posted by Eric Franklin on November 7, 2017


Ever had a moment reading a book where you've gasped aloud? Or laughed out loud? How about that moment when you read about a new idea that is perfect for what's going on in your life? Readers often want to share moments like these with friends, so last year we launched the ability to share your Kindle notes and highlights on Goodreads. Now we are making it even easier to let your friends see what you "wrote in the margins" with our new page where you can see all the books with your notes and highlights.

Since we launched Kindle Notes & Highlights on Goodreads, we've been hearing from our members that they love having another way to share more of what they read.


By default, your Kindle notes and highlights are only viewable by you—you're always in control. You can choose to share them with friends by marking any (or all) of your notes and highlights as "Visible," and your friends will be able to view, like, and comment on them.

You can also add notes or edit your notes directly on Goodreads, and your changes will be saved back to your Kindle book. And if you're worried about spoilers, we've got you covered! You can mark individual notes and highlights as spoilers, so your friends can decide when they're ready to read them.

In the past few months, we've made several improvements. Now you can also:

  • Access your notes and highlights from the Goodreads apps for iPhones, iPads, and Android devices (in addition to Goodreads.com). Want to refer to a key passage while you're at lunch with a friend or at your book club? Go to the book page in your Goodreads app and you'll find a link to your Kindle notes and highlights.
  • In Kindle for iOS, choose which notes to share from the notebook.
  • Share the notes and highlights from any Kindle book you purchase or borrow. This now includes Kindle books you borrow from your library, or read with a Kindle Unlimited or Prime Books subscription.
  • See annotations from authors. Look for a link at the end of the description on the Goodreads book page to find books with author annotations, including The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg, A Darker Shade of Magic by Victoria Schwab, Royally Screwed by Emma Chase, and The Friends We Keep by Susan Mallery.

One of the top requests has been for an easy way to see all your Kindle notes and highlights in one place on Goodreads, and we're now making that possible with our new Kindle Notes & Highlights page. It's a quick way to review all the books in your Kindle library with notes and highlights, edit or add to your notes, and decide which ones to share with your friends to start a conversation.



In which markets is this supported?
Kindle Notes & Highlights on Goodreads is supported within the following Kindle marketplaces: United States, United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and India, for customers who have linked their Goodreads and Amazon accounts.

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message 1: by Richard (new)

Richard Derus Public-domain Kindle books do not appear to have the same feature, nor do digital ARCs. Is this accurate or is there some subtlety to the process that I am ignorant of?


message 2: by Eric (new)

Eric Franklin Hi Richard, I believe that depends on the book itself and how it is acquired. If it maps to a book within existing Kindle selection, then it *can* work (many ebooks from the library and some ARCs probably fit this description). For ARCs in particular, you may have to wait some time for the item to be mapped, it's not something we explicitly support.


message 3: by Caitlin (new)

Caitlin Richard wrote: "Public-domain Kindle books do not appear to have the same feature, nor do digital ARCs. Is this accurate or is there some subtlety to the process that I am ignorant of?"

I would guess it's limited to books acquired via Amazon. Because .mobi files aren't actually .amz files that's probably the difference but I don't actually know.


classic reverie Thank you Goodreads, for your continual efforts to make the notes and highlights user friendly! I started using beta notes last year and with that use, I changed my reading practice which I keep trying to improve. I wish I had started taking more notes when I began. I love this feature because as I read I can comment on a passage and it is interesting to see how my views change as I read the story. I also have gotten into the habit of summarizing after each chapter or after short story. This has helped me keep track of stories and have a place to check since sometimes after reading so many books it can be confusing to remember them all. Having the visible and private settings is so user friendly and prevents spoilers and personal private thoughts in the reader's control. Lastly thanks for having Kindle unlimited for readers that use that program. I tried unlimited earlier this year but prefer to own a book, but when I tried it earlier this year several books I read I did not think I would see my highlights again but alas I see them posted on Goodreads! :) My only regret is for all my highlights on books I owed and foolishly after reading a story I would delete, if I had saved them I would see them today on Goodreads! Happy Reading!


message 5: by Richard (new)

Richard Derus Eric wrote: "Hi Richard, I believe that depends on the book itself and how it is acquired. If it maps to a book within existing Kindle selection, then it *can* work (many ebooks from the library and some ARCs p..."

I see, and thank you for explaining the behind-the-screens aspects. Much appreciated.


Beth doesn't write  enough reviews This is a wonderful addition to Goodreads! I can highlight passages I want to remember or think my friends will enjoy which garners more interest for the book! Being able to decide what to share is great because I often highlight words or locations I need to look up to understand part if the story.

Also, like Classic Reverie said above sometimes it's hard to remember or confusing to remember which book/story said what. Now I can go back easily to confirm where I read something!

Thank You!


message 7: by Hari (new)

Hari Brandl This is a great feature. I'm going to start using it very soon. By the way, is there a way for me to look back on all my reviews in one place?
Thanks,
HB


message 8: by Emily (last edited Nov 08, 2017 01:55PM) (new)

Emily Hari wrote: "This is a great feature. I'm going to start using it very soon. By the way, is there a way for me to look back on all my reviews in one place?
Thanks,
HB"


There is! On your Goodreads profile, right under your profile image, there is a link that says "X reviews." If you click that, it'll take you to your My Books page, which will be sorted by books that have reviews at the top.


message 9: by Nyssa (new)

Nyssa How do we find this link outside of this blog? Where is it located in the app and on the desktop?


message 10: by Emily (new)

Emily Nyssa wrote: "How do we find this link outside of this blog? Where is it located in the app and on the desktop?"

The URL is www.goodreads.com/notes, which is mobile-friendly and accessible on desktop or mobile from your browser.

On Goodreads desktop, you can find the link by going to My Books, and then clicking on Kindle Notes & Highlights under the Your Reading Activity section of the left-side column. We don't link to this page in our mobile apps at this time, but we're working on making it accessible in different places! Let us know if there's somewhere in particular you'd like to see it.


message 11: by Nyssa (new)

Nyssa Emily wrote: "On Goodreads desktop, you can find the link by going to My Books, and then clicking on Kindle Notes & Highlights under the Your Reading Activity section of the left-side column. We don't link to this page in our mobile apps at this time, but we're working on making it accessible in different places! Let us know if there's somewhere in particular you'd like to see it.
"


I had no idea you guys had updated the links below the shelves!!
I never scroll down that far; I have almost 200 shelves!! (Yes, obsessive, I know).


message 12: by Emily (new)

Emily Nyssa wrote: "I had no idea you guys had updated the links below the shelves!! "

This went live with the Kindle Notes & Highlights launch today. We took the opportunity to go ahead and update that left column while we were adding the new page in. We hope you find it helpful!

P.S. I definitely understand about the custom shelves! Somehow mine keep growing. 😀


message 13: by Nyssa (new)

Nyssa Emily wrote: "This went live with the Kindle Notes & Highlights launch today. We took the opportunity to go ahead and update that left column while we were adding the new page in. We hope you find it helpful!
"


I love it! My eyes lit up when I saw "Most-Read Authors"!


message 14: by classic reverie (last edited Nov 08, 2017 08:05PM) (new)

classic reverie Questions- Where do you find other people's notes and highlights? Do you have to click on a book from one of their shelves or is there another place? Do you have to review a book before the notes that are for the Goodreads are seen by others?
Thanks


message 15: by Hari (new)

Hari Brandl Emily wrote: "Hari wrote: "This is a great feature. I'm going to start using it very soon. By the way, is there a way for me to look back on all my reviews in one place?
Thanks,
HB"

There is! On your Goodreads ..."


Wow! That is soooooo cool! I never would have found that feature. Thanks so much,
HB


message 16: by WillowRaven (new)

WillowRaven As of about a month ago, my Kindle reader (app) and Goodreads are not connected. I have submitted bug reports, screenshots - you name it - and the last 2 updates have not corrected the issue. My Kindle and GR *used* to be connected, however not anymore. The GR icon doesn't even show up in my Kindle anymore, nor does the ability/option to "Update progress to Goodreads" be available.I have uninstalled and reinstalled, cleaned caches and history, disconnected and reconnected my Amazon account to my GR account .... nothing has helped.

I miss this ability to be honest.


message 17: by Aniket (new)

Aniket I wish Goodreads was integrated with Google Play Books as well.


message 18: by Shaun, Goodreads employee (last edited Nov 09, 2017 01:15AM) (new)

Shaun classic reverie wrote: "Questions- Where do you find other people's notes and highlights? Do you have to click on a book from one of their shelves or is there another place? Do you have to review a book before the notes t..."

You'll find your friends' notes and highlights (if they've chosen to share them by marking them 'visible') on the book page under the "Friend Reviews" header. You'll see a yellow page icon with the amount of notes and highlights they've made next to it — click there to see them!

It'll look something like this:
description
You may also see the notes and highlights of people you're not friends with in the Community Reviews section on the book page. This is because notes and highlights marked 'visible' are made available for that profile's friends and anyone else who has access to the profile itself. To change this, you can edit your account's privacy settings.


WillowRaven wrote: "As of about a month ago, my Kindle reader (app) and Goodreads are not connected. I have submitted bug reports, screenshots - you name it - and the last 2 updates have not corrected the issue. My Ki..."

Sorry for the trouble! If Goodreads is completely missing from your Kindle device that sounds like it could be a software issue on the Kindle itself. It's best to contact Kindle Support for assistance. They'll need to know your model of Kindle (Paperwhite, Fire etc) so best to have that handy.


message 19: by classic reverie (last edited Nov 09, 2017 01:34AM) (new)

classic reverie Shaun wrote: "classic reverie wrote: "Questions- Where do you find other people's notes and highlights? Do you have to click on a book from one of their shelves or is there another place? Do you have to review a..."
Thanks Shaun for answering but where is the "friend review" located? I see reviews under the ratings on the top left corner of the profile page but nothing named "friend review". I am clear and see the notes and highlights at the book page where there are community reviews. Could it be that unless a friend uses highlights and notes, you will not see such a heading? Thank you for helping clear this up for me. :)


message 20: by Phyllis (new)

Phyllis Different problem, my kids and I share an amazon account. For some reason, Goodreads won't let my daughter connect her kindle to her own Goodreads account. I constantly must delete her books from my list. How can this be solved.


message 21: by Emily (new)

Emily classic reverie wrote: "Shaun wrote: "classic reverie wrote: "Questions- Where do you find other people's notes and highlights? Do you have to click on a book from one of their shelves or is there another place? Do you ha..."

There isn't a separate link on the profile page to view this; it is just on the book page. When viewing a friend's review on the book page, if they have shared Kindle Notes & Highlights, you'll see the image Shaun shared above at the top of their review.


message 22: by classic reverie (new)

classic reverie Emily wrote: "classic reverie wrote: "Shaun wrote: "classic reverie wrote: "Questions- Where do you find other people's notes and highlights? Do you have to click on a book from one of their shelves or is there ..."

Thank you!


message 23: by Emily (new)

Emily Phyllis wrote: "Different problem, my kids and I share an amazon account. For some reason, Goodreads won't let my daughter connect her kindle to her own Goodreads account. I constantly must delete her books from m..."

Unfortunately, one Amazon account can only be linked to one Goodreads account. We're aware that many people use a single Amazon account, especially for reading, and we hope to be able to improve this going forward.

One potential workaround may be to set your daughter up with her own Amazon account through Amazon Households so that she logs in with her own email address that she could then link to Goodreads. If you need further help troubleshooting, please email support (at) goodreads (dot) com, as we'll need your account information in order to assist.


message 24: by Nadine (new)

Nadine Jones I find this really annoying, and I want Goodreads and Kindle both to stop asking me if I want to share highlights. NO I do NOT want to share my highlights, please stop popping up the question!! Where do I go to tell Goodreads and Kindle once and for all that I do NOT want to do this and please stop asking me and suggesting it to me? (I mean, if someday I DO want to do it, I'll know where to find it, so I don't need it suggested it.)


message 25: by Emily (new)

Emily Nadine wrote: "I find this really annoying, and I want Goodreads and Kindle both to stop asking me if I want to share highlights. NO I do NOT want to share my highlights, please stop popping up the question!! Whe..."

Thank you for your feedback on this; we're sorry you find the notifications annoying. Unfortunately there is currently no preference that controls the prompt to share your Notes & Highlights. In order to stop receiving them, you would need to unlink your Goodreads and Amazon accounts, but we do not recommend doing so, as you would lose all the benefits that come with having your accounts linked.

We know that there is room for improvement on the notifications for Kindle Notes & Highlights on Goodreads, and we're eager to improve these in the future.


message 26: by Keighley (new)

Keighley My highlights are only showing in goodreads for my old kindle / amazon account. How do I sync to new amazon account, I read through amazon on ios


message 27: by Shaun, Goodreads employee (new)

Shaun Keighley wrote: "My highlights are only showing in goodreads for my old kindle / amazon account. How do I sync to new amazon account, I read through amazon on ios"

You'll want to unlink your old Amazon account from Goodreads and relink your new one. Both these actions can be done from your apps tab in your Account Settings (desktop website).

Note: to prevent issues with this, please sign out of any Amazon account you may be signed in to before attempting the above.

I hope this helps!


message 28: by WillowRaven (new)

WillowRaven Sorry for the trouble! If Goodreads is completely missing from your Kindle device that sounds like it could be a software issue on the Kindle itself. It's best to contact Kindle Support for assistance. They'll need to know your model of Kindle (Paperwhite, Fire etc) so best to have that handy.


I did, complete with screenshots, details - the works. I hope they get it fixed soon. I miss having the GR integration on my Kindle.


message 29: by Hari (new)

Hari Brandl Can someone translate this comment into English, please?


Beth doesn't write  enough reviews Hari wrote: "Can someone translate this comment into English, please?"

It appears a book is on sale"Mohamed Lotfi The economic assassination of the nations of the book is less than normal"

Confessions of an Economic Hitman


message 31: by C (new)

C Can this be possible for other versions of kindle in the future? (e.g. China)


message 32: by Cathy (new)

Cathy Any plans to add more countries? I am based in Germany and can't use this feature.


message 33: by Katelyn (new)

Katelyn Can we maybe do this for Nook books? I like Barnes and Noble better than Amazon because I can actually go there to look for books, so my entire ebook library is on the Nook.


message 34: by Cathy (new)

Cathy I doubt that will ever happen, considering that Amazon owns goodreads...


message 35: by Stefanie (new)

Stefanie I keep getting this error message in the past 2 weeks whenever I try to connect my Amazon account to Goodreads:

"We're experiencing problems connecting to Amazon at this time. Please try again in a few minutes."


message 36: by Emily (new)

Emily Stefanie wrote: "I keep getting this error message in the past 2 weeks whenever I try to connect my Amazon account to Goodreads:

"We're experiencing problems connecting to Amazon at this time. Please try again in ..."


Please reach out to us here or email support (at) goodreads (dot) com. A member of our team will be happy to help you with this!


message 37: by Awuzie (new)

Awuzie Benedict Can I post a poem on the page?


message 38: by Emily (new)

Emily Awuzie wrote: "Can I post a poem on the page?"

I'm not sure I understand your question, sorry! For any questions, please reach out to us here or email support (at) goodreads (dot) com.


message 39: by Cristina (new)

Cristina Stanciu Hello, can i do the same if i my kindle is connected on amazon.jp?


message 40: by Emily (new)

Emily Cristina wrote: "Hello, can i do the same if i my kindle is connected on amazon.jp?"

Kindle Notes & Highlights on Goodreads is supported within the following Kindle marketplaces: United States, United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and India, for customers who have linked their Goodreads and Amazon accounts. We'll be sure to share if and when this expands!


message 41: by Richard (new)

Richard Nadeau https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00... This was the kindle public domain title I would add 1st


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I say to people!
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To write my beautiful dreams alone
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To deal with emotional trials and tribulations of life
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message 43: by Frannie (new)

Frannie Yan Why not Chinese market? 😞😞😞


message 44: by Ali (new)

Ali Ak How can i read books


message 45: by Ali (new)

Ali Ak I want to read the book but its not in goodreads i think i have to use kindle but i dont have amazon account


message 46: by Emily (new)

Emily Ali wrote: "I want to read the book but its not in goodreads i think i have to use kindle but i dont have amazon account"

For any questions, please reach out to us here or email support (at) goodreads (dot) com.


message 47: by Merima (new)

Merima How i can read


message 48: by Merima (new)

Merima Please can someone answer my question


message 49: by Emily (new)

Emily Merima wrote: "Please can someone answer my question"

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