I have worked with technical support to figure out what is going wrong with note links in my export, and we've discovered that nothing is going wrong. Here's the final reply from my correspondence with tech support: "I do not know the reasoning behind the design of our note links. They are what they are, at the moment. They are not really useful outside of the local application. However, I do see a very valid point of concern here, and I have filed a ticket with our engineering team in an effort to get this changed in a future release. I do not know if it is designed the way it is now due to technical limitations, but it will be examined again by the engineers. I wish I had a more solid solution for you. Please let me know if you have any additional questions." So, as it stands in Evernote Mac version 3.1.1, note links in exported notes will point back to the Evernote database. I had expected and hoped that I could export a notebook, all notes therein containing note links only to other notes in the same notebook, so that the resulting HTML files would stand alone and function just as they do within Evernote. Currently, that is not the case, but Evernote is aware of the issue, and I hope they will implement the described behavior in the future. Note that when one does an HTML export, a top-level index file is created with links to all exported notes. This provides a structure to the export. I have not had the opportunity to test the export capability on the Windows client, but I expect that the behavior would be the same. UPDATE: I have now had the opportunity to use the Windows client to do the export, and surprisingly to me it works perfectly. The Windows 7 client allows one to export a flat or hierarchical html database of notes in a folder, and all note links within the exported files point to the other exported notes using relative paths, and not back to the original database. Two points: first, clearly the Mac client support team is unaware that the Windows client works exactly as I described, otherwise they would have informed me and I could have done several weeks ago what I have now done using the Windows client. So it seems better communication between client teams is in order. Second, I'll look forward to the next Mac client update to see if the exported note link behavior is updated. I hope it was just an oversight and is not a deeper technical difficulty with the Mac OS system that makes it difficult to implement.