Q&A


Q: What is Kobo Notes?

A: Kobo Notes is a note extractor for Kobo eReaders. After uploading your data, you can access your Highlights and Annotations at any time and from any device. Kobo Notes is free to use.


Q: How do I use Kobo Notes?

A: After you sign up or login (it is not necessary but you will not have all the features available) you should upload your KoboReader.sqlite file at the Upload Section. When the upload completes, the website will be refreshed and you can choose one of your books on the Books section (only the books with Highlights and Annotations will be presented). Once you select one book, your notes will be displayed.


Q: What is the difference between this application and others?

A: With Kobo Notes, you don't need programming skills and/or install anything on your computer. Also, unlike other tools for note extraction, your notes will be organized by date of creation (which I believe should be the natural way of presenting your notes, and not some semi-random order). Lastly, as this is a web application, you can access your data from any device and read them whenever you want (if you have an account).


Q: Where do I find the KoboReader.sqlite file?

A: KoboReader.sqlite is located on your Kobo. Connect your eReader to the computer, and open the folder ".kobo". There you should find your "KoboReader.sqlite" or "KoboReader" file (you will only see the extension .sqlite if you have that option enabled on your PC). If you cannot find your .kobo folder, that's because it is hidden on your computer. Don't worry! The following links will explain what you need to do to see the hidden folders and files:
Windows explanation
OSX explanation


Q: Is it safe to upload my Kobo's .sqlite file to Kobo Notes? How will you use my data? Do you collect cookies? Is there any other information you get from me?

A: I've developed Kobo Notes to improve notes extraction from your Kobo eReader. In doing so, I tried to minimize the ammount of data I collect from each user, which led me to the .sqlite file. Other eReaders, such as the Kindles, provide notes as a .txt file, which is smaller (low uploading time), easier to read, and only contain information about the highlights and annotations and nothing more. Kobo, for some reason, provide the same information in form of a database, which contains more information that I need in order to present to you your notes. Unfortunately, there is no easy way around this issue.

Now, I can assure you, I don't use any other information presented on your .sqlite file besides checking what books currently have any notes, and the highlights and annotations. Furthermore, once the file is uploaded, I delete all information presented in this database that has nothing to do with your notes (such as your userID). I delete all tables and columns that I don't use and that may contain your most personal information. In the end, I save a very simplified version of the .sqlite file that you uploaded. If you upload your data a second time, the previous one will be deleted.

If you have any programming skills, and you're worried about your most sensible data, you can delete the columns and tables I don't need by yourself and then upload that simplified .sqlite file to KoboNotes. Please keep tables "content" and "Bookmark", or, more specific, columns "BookmarkID, VolumeID, ContentID, Text, Annotation, ExtraAnnotationData, DateCreated, ChapterProgress, Hidden, DateModified, SyncTime, Published" from table Bookmark and columns "ContentID, ContentType, MimeType, BookTitle, Title, Attribution, Description, DateCreated, DateLastRead, VolumeIndex, ReadStatus, Series, Subtitle, WordCount, DateAdded" from table content.

Cookies are small bits of information I collect about your surfing experience while on Kobo Notes, that improve the way you interact with this application. I simply collect what user is currently using the website and if you have any data on the server that I can show you (your past uploaded books and notes). Nothing more!

Anytime you want, you can delete your account and all your data will be deleted. Also, if you delete your cookies, information about the connection between you and Kobo Notes will be lost.

The last thing I want with Kobo Notes is being misunderstood. If you have any doubts regarding this website please let me know. Contact me through email, facebook or linkedin. My contact information is displayed on "Contact", at the bottom of the page. I will reply to you as soon as possible.


Q: Is login necessary?

A: No. You can use Kobo Notes without ever creating a username and password! I will save your notes for 30 days, and if you have your cookies enabled, you can read and copy them during that period. After that your notes will be deleted.


Q: What do I gain for creating a username?

A: If you create an account, I expect that you will be around for some time! Because of that, I will save your notes indefinitely (unless you delete your account). If you login, you can also access your notes anywhere and from any device.


Q: Can I delete my Account? What will happen to my data?

A: Yes! You can always delete your account. To do this, just login, and click on the link "Delete Account", right next to the logout button, on the top of the page. Your data (the file that you uploaded, your books and your notes) will be deleted as well.


Q: I want to test Kobo Notes. How can I do it without uploading my data?

A: You can use a test account that I created. Just login with the email: testkobonotes@gmail.com and password: test. On this account I have my personal notes. You can choose one of my books and read my notes, I'm not shy about them :P.


Q: How do I distinguish between Highlights and Annotations?

A: Most of the books on the test account don't have annotations (sorry, this is my personal notes and most of the time I just highlight parts of the books). So you can be led to think that there's no way to distinguish between Highlights and Annotations. But you're wrong, sorry! Your Annotations will appear as bold text (just the "annotation" text) right next to the Highlight part that it belongs to. If you want to see this in action, choose the book "The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari" on the test account and you will see annotations right there in the beginning. These Annotations will be in portuguese though :)


Q: Something's weird. I'm positive that I have some highlights and annotations in a specific book, and that one even appears in Kobo Notes book selector, but once I select it, no notes appear!

A: Well, the most probable cause is that you have two instances of the same book in your Kobo (for example an epub version and a kepub version). In such case, Kobo Notes selects just one of them to display. Please delete one of those instances from your eReader (the one with no notes) and everything will work just fine.


Q: Will there be more features on Kobo Notes?

A: Yes! First, I plan to develop a way for you to export your notes and share them through email. Then, I don't know. Do you have any suggestions? Tell me!


Q: I found a bug on Kobo Notes! Muahahahaha!

A: Please don't tell anyone...just mail me discreetly and we will deal with it.


Q: I love Kobo Notes! Can I support it?

A: Thank you so much! Yes you can! Follow this PayPal link and donate any amount you want. You don't need to have a PayPal account, you can pay with your credit card. You are awesome!


Q: Your english is funny! Where are you from?

A: Thank you, I guess...I'm from Portugal. Did you found any eror?


Q: You didn't answer everything on this Q&A! How can I know more about Kobo Notes? I want to talk to you!

A: I will be happy to talk to you about Kobo Notes (or about reading, awesome books or any stuff). Contact me via email, facebook or linkedin. My contact information is presented on the bottom of the page, at "Contact". I will reply to any of your messages as soon as possible.