The question of how to deal with these notes after I have taken them is just as easy (to me). The notes are pretty much useless as long as they reside in the myclippings.txt on (some of the) Kindles, so I have to transfer them to my ConnectedText Notes project.
So, how do I do this? I bookmarked “https://kindle.amazon.com/your_highlights” so that I can easily go to that website. When I am finished with a particular book, I will copy all the highlights and post them into the topic that I previously created for that book. Since I am reading at the moment Michael Graziano,l (2015) Consciousness and the Social Brain. Oxford University Press, let me use it as an example: The topic is called “(Graziano 2015)”, and like all my bibliographical topics it has the following structure
===Reference=== ===Notes=== [[created:=20160724]] [[$CATEGORY:Book]]I usually also add the day I bought the book and when I finished reading it, that it is a Kindle book and other bibliographical information. So it looks like this:
===Reference=== Graziano, Michael (2015) //Consciousness and the Social Brain//. Oxford University Press ===Notes=== Kindle book (book was originally published in 2013) [[bought:=20160723]] ----I then paste all the highlights underneath the the four dashes (which result in a line in ConnectedText’s viewer).
A single note (or highlight) will appear like this:
Add a note
I use the term consciousness inclusively. It refers both to the information about which I am aware and to the process of being aware of it. In this scheme, consciousness is the more general term and awareness the more specific.Read more at location 228
I search for “Add a note” and replace it with nothing. The same for “Read more”.
After this mechanical process, the real work begins: I will try to integrate these notes into the rest of my project. So the passage just described becomes [[Graziano’s definitions of consciousness and awareness]] and the passage itself becomes the content of the new note. It will also contain links to other definitions and observations about consciousness that are already contained in the project.
Some notes will not be as obvious, and I may leave those ones in the book entry for the moment, but they usually will be integrated with the rest of the notebooks as I read more about a certain subject matter. In any case, the integration of the notes with previous notes taken represents the main work of note-taking for me.