I Nearly Hit My Monthly Evernote Quota

As a premium user of Evernote, I get 1 GB of uploads to my Evernote account each and every month1 and I’ve never come close to reaching my limit. But this month, I’ve come very close to my limit for the first time in the 2+ years that I’ve been using Evernote.

Quota 1

With less than a day left in my quota-month, I’ve hit 948 MB out of 1 GB. The reason for this is that I’ve been going back and adding the PDF copies of my Scientific American digital subscription. These issues average about 25 MB per PDF, so you can hit your quota pretty quickly. But now, I have copies of the magazine from the present month back to late 2009 (so far) in Evernote.

Quota 2

Having the magazines in Evernote is useful for 2 reasons:

  1. Since they are PDFs, the text becomes searchable. So if I am looking for some specific piece of information, I can search for it in Evernote and see the resulting documents (and places within the documents) that match. This is helpful when I am researching for stories.
  2. I can access the issues anywhere. For a while, I was reading the issues in the Kindle reader for iPad, but I’ve switched to reading them in Readdle’s “Documents” app because I can highlight and annotate them, which is also convenient for me.

I suspect that this month is an outlier for me. I usually don’t come close to my quota limit, usually not even 25% of my limit. But I came within a couple dozen megabytes this month, which is the closest I’ve ever come2.

  1. Compared to free Evernote accounts which get 60 MB/month.
  2. Evernote offers the option to extend your monthly limits for Premium users on a month-by-month basis, at a cost of $5/additional GB.


  1. Hi Jamie,

    You still have more than the monthly allowance of a free user available to you. 🙂

    Simply using the web clipper I think it’s (almost) impossible to use up those 60 MB – at least I never managed to do that.

    Only when I uploaded the scanned covers and index pages of my music magazine collection (which I wrote about here) did I hit the limit and had to spread uploading out over a 2 month period.

    Only a few hundred magazines left to go. Ugh…

    I guess I’ll procrastinate and upload some other PDFs first. 😉

    Thanks for all your post on how you use Evernote. I only discovered your blog a couple of days ago, but learned so much already. I really appreciate you sharing your set-up and workflow.

    Thanks again,

  2. Looking at Scientific American’s website (I don’t have a print magazine immediately available to me), they have terms that are very up-to-date. However a lot of other media sources do not, and one prohibition commonly listed is keeping the material in a “database”.

    As I have researched this matter, the information I have found indicates that it is murky whether something like Evernote would be a “database.” Consequently, I take, and I advise others to take, a don’t ask don’t tell approach to what copywritten material they keep in their Evernote account.

    Has anyone see anything that makes you more confident about the legal clarity of this matter? (I should add, in the USA. I understand that other countries such as Japan have been more proactive in bringing their laws up to date with the tools available to the individual reader/researcher.)

  3. Hi Jamie,

    Any occasion when I have bought a digital magazine (via Newsstand / Zinio etc) the file format has been proprietary, or at least seems to be. How did you manage to get your subscription in PDF format? Is it just some titles do this?

    I would love to be able to keep old digital mags I purchased in Evernote for future reference, rather than scattered around various digital stores.




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