[update April 15th, 2019]
Go ahead and read the original post if you wish, but I wanna thank Arex that in the comments suggested an even better method.
He linked a Reddit thread that works like magic. OMG. Thank you thank you. My post is older than the Reddit one, so I’m glad someone pointed it out to me. I just wonder how many features are hidden in our Kobos…
Here’s Arex’s comment.
“Add the following to to “Kobo eReader.config” file:
With this, the long press menu of a book will have an extra option, “Export highlights”.
I bought my first e-reader in 2013, it was a glorious Sony Prs-T2. After 2 very intense years of reading it died, so I replaced it with a Kobo Aura (the original model).
I love it, at the moment the reading stats show 145 books finished and 1238 hours read (in 30 months), and it’s still going strong.
It does everything I want to, and I’m happy because I don’t want a Kindle for a whole set of ethical and functional reasons.
The only thing that annoyed me a bit was the annotations feature. Ok, it’s still way better than the Sony’s one, but since I underline a lot I found the impossibility of transferring the annotations on my computer quite frustrating (just browsing annotations from the Aura is too slow, and I want them saved and backupped on my pc/evernote anyway).
I had found a few blog posts like this one on the web, but I’m not a computer geek and I couldn’t exactly figure out what I needed to do… So I asked my personal guru, Roberto “Kalamun” Pasini, to find a foolproof solution, and here it is.
(He has an older Kobo mini and it works on it as well, it should work fine on every Kobo but I’ve actually tried only on my Kobo Aura and his Kobo mini)
Edit 23rd July 2018
This method works on the Kobo Clara HD as well, as noted on this review.
If you try it on other Kobo models I’ll add them here.
Edit August 8th 2019
It works on the Kobo Forma as well (thanks Mike in the comments)
Edit October 2nd, 2019
It works on the Kobo Libra H2O as well (thanks Ajay in the comments)
Edit 12th September 2018
As Elizabeth rightly pointed out in the comments, this trick won’t work on a Mac. But it should be no problem anyway, if you’re using a Mac you’re very likely using a Kindle as well.
Here are the instructions, something I wish I had when I bought my Kobo!
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