Booknotes: Kindle Highlights to Tumblr, a Bookmarklet

August 6th, 2011

About a year ago I did some deep diving into trying to find a good programatic way to extract my data. It was a nightmare of client side JS templates, and general hatred of everything that was good about the Web.

In the last few months the Kindle site has gotten better. It uses real HTML, and has a semi-functioning concept of profiles, and contacts. But it still isn’t really what I want. But I’m busier then I was a year ago, and even given relatively sane HTML, I don’t feel like writing a scraper for something that ought to have an API.

But Fred’s post from this morning on “Sharing My Kindle Highlights” got me thinking that maybe I had been thinking about it wrong. Maybe I don’t need programmatic access to all of them, maybe I just wanted a bookmarklet to post selected hilights to Tumblr.

And I’ve got some bookmarklet code lying around, so I beat on it a bit, and was able to whip out Booknotes, alpha, a bookmarklet for posting from your Kindle hilights page to Tumblr.

I’m pulling the ASIN out of the “Read more at location X” links, and feeding that into the “Product Advertising API”, so while I’m only posting the title, link, and authors at the moment (because I couldn’t figure out how to pass rich markup to Tumblr’s share widget), there is a ton more metadata (like book covers) that could be included.

At the moment it’s only been tested on Chrome latest and on OS X Lion for a handful of my own highlights as building has already taken 200% of the 2 hours I allotted myself. (though part of that was getting XCode and Brew and a text editor installed on the new laptop)

So yeah, Booknotes, alpha.

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5 responses to “Booknotes: Kindle Highlights to Tumblr, a Bookmarklet”

  1. rabble says:

    So where is your kindle notes tumblr?

  2. James Bridle says:

    Nice one. I should probably start collecting tools like this at until there’s enough of them to get Amazon to open up properly…

  3. Kellan says:

    @rabble: still working getting the markup it creates to the point where I like it.

    @stml: sounds like plan!

  4. l.m.orchard says:

    Works on Firefox Aurora, FWIW.

    I do really wish my Kindle had an API for social reading

  5. Aeden Jameson says:

    An RSS feed would also be nice. I think I might take the dive and explore providing this.