Readwise Beta

Effortlessly rediscover and organize your Kindle highlights

5.0/5
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Readwise sends you a daily email which helps you retain & organize your Kindle highlights effortlessly ✨ Resurface, categorize, and actually remember the lessons from books you read.

20 Reviews
John Manoogian III
Jim Lyons
Will Hoekenga
 +37 reviews
  • Pros: 

    Finally a reason to highlight stuff in Kindle! I've been looking for a way to organize the information I've pulled out of books.

    Cons: 

    It's still really early, it wasn't quite clear how some of the features (like deletion) work, but overall seems solid.

    There's something really fun about being able to highlight part of a book and get it reiterated over email — passive learning is really important if you're trying to retain lots of information.

    Conrad Irwin has used this product for one week.
  • Jim Lyons
    Jim LyonsBlogger/analyst
    Pros: 

    Getting these daily updates has been a joy!

    Cons: 

    Only as good as the original highlights.

    I put as my only con - "Only as good as the original highlights" which really isn't a con, and of course makes sense - no other way this can work. Fortunately mine are pretty good, and my reading has been diverse. It's fascinating to me how one can read an entire book, highlighting away, but then just one sentence, viewed later, can be so profound/interesting/fun. It's so nice to have this random access into something I have invested my time in (the original highlighting) but was never quite sure how or if I would ever use.

    Jim Lyons has used this product for one week.
  • Will Hoekenga
    Will HoekengaCopygrad.com
    Pros: 

    Gets the best parts from books I like back in front of my face. Since I know I'll see my highlights again, it's changed the way I highlight.

    Cons: 

    I've been really impressed with how they've consistently improved it already, but automatic syncing would be cool if it's possible.

    Readwise is just a really cool way to enhance your reading experience. I love the feeling when I highlight something now that I know I'm going to see it again.

    The email digest is already one of my favorite things in my inbox, but I'm also really excited to see them continue building out the actual "hub" for my highlights. It has the chance to be the best record of your reading habits and thoughts on books.

    I highly recommend all readers give it a try.

    Will Hoekenga has used this product for one month.
  • Pros: 

    The concept

    Its encouraged me to read more so that I can have more quotes!

    Cons: 

    Can we do this for websites too?

    Can we change the frequency of the newsletter?

    I absolutely have loved this service since I started receiving the daily mails. I would prefer to receive them weekly though, and it would be great to also then choose what day to receive them.

    I would love to be able to also highlight articles that I read on a browser and receive a similar service. I'm not sure if this is possible, but since I've been voraciously highlighting in my kindle, I now similarly want to highlight everything I read digitally because the idea that the content can be resent to me in bite sized bits in the future, is JUST BLOODY BRILLIANT. Can the Chrome app please be made to do this too?! i.e. I can highlight some content on a webpage and then click the r. icon for the chrome app, and voila - the snippit is saved. Writing this makes me feel that this service probably already exists, but I haven't found one yet, and I feel you guys could do it.

    LOVE what you've done here. Thank you!

    Sarah L. Lovemore has used this product for one week.
  • Rajat Srivastava
    Rajat SrivastavaAlways curious about exciting product
    Pros: 

    Good for avid readers who might have forgotten an extremely beautiful line in a book they read 3 years ago, in an email sounds interesting.

    Cons: 

    Daily email can be annoying. I would like to read my highlights once a week, maybe but not daily. No known alternative to me.

    Great idea and implementation. I like the surprising element about the lines I've highlighted long time back and this might even make me wonder about the mood I was when I was reading a particular book.

    Rajat Srivastava has used this product for one day.
  • Pros: 

    Lets me remember book in a way I never thought possible.

    Cons: 

    Requires a lot of highlights in order to keep a daily digest going.

    I've been using this for several weeks and continue to enjoy reading my old highlights. The best part of it is seeing themes emerge in the things I highlight--my values. I look forward to seeing how my relationship with my books evolves as I read and highlight more.

    Side bonus: I even buy more kindle books just so I can revisit them with Readwise.

    Charles Pensig has used this product for one year.
  • Pros: 

    I love how it keeps the things I've read fresh in my mind, and incentivizes me to pay attention to key passages as I read

    Cons: 

    Some limitations around organizing highlights into groups but the newest features are making strong strides in that direction

    I actually stumbled upon Readwise in searching for a way increase the efficiency of the time I spend reading. It's been awesome to see it grow from 5 highlights in an email to the customization features today. Not only has it succeeded in helping me to retain more of the books I've read, it's also encouraged me to form positive habits around highlighting key sections as I read.

    Jacob Simon has used this product for one month.
  • Len Edgerly
    Len EdgerlyHost of the Kindle Chronicles podcast
    Pros: 

    Easy to use, fabulous way to review book annotations

    Cons: 

    None

    I love to annotate my Kindle books, and when Readwise brings notes and highlights from books I've read several years ago it's like a reunion with old friends. It's a fantastic idea, perfectly implemented. Thank you, Readwise!

    Len Edgerly has used this product for one year.
  • Pros: 

    Simplicity

    Cons: 

    Light on customizability

    The developers have been amazing in requesting feedback and implementing new features. The product is still early, but I have no doubt that it will continue to improve in future iterations.

    Daniel Wang has used this product for one month.
  • Pros: 

    Awesome to revisit books I read a while ago; Nice clean email format; Provides daily inspiration (depends on what you highlight!)

    Cons: 

    Maybe everyday is a little too much, would like to set the days I get the email

    Overall, great way to have small reminders of your books and the ideas that you found important when reading them. Looking forwards to my favourites coming up again.

    Lyndall Schreiner has used this product for one week.
  • Pros: 

    I like being reminded via email about various excerpts or quotes I've highlighted. It's inspirational for me to reread them regularly.

    Cons: 

    I like the book recommendations based on my highlights and look forward to seeing how these continue to be refined.

    I think its a fun and novel concept for an app with a lot of potential for social networking. It looks like there is some machine learning going on behind the scenes that will continue to zero in on my exact reading interests as the user base grows. I'm really intrigued to learn more about similarities I have with other people who highlighted the same excepts.

    Jonathan David Martin has used this product for one month.
  • Bryson Ridgway
    Bryson RidgwayManaging Director, CRE Investments
    Pros: 

    Knowledge = most valuable possession. Time = most precious resource. Readwise maximizes knowledge, with minimal time & keeps it interesting

    Cons: 

    Allow user to design spacing between information retrieval, and create tool to aid in structure building/mental models.

    This genius application allows the causal reader to employ highly-effective learning techniques that enhance memory, knowledge attainment, and shares related but unique information between readers - it's awesome, really awesome.

    Bryson Ridgway has used this product for one year.
  • Cory Bray
    Cory BrayCEO, CareerSofia
    Pros: 

    It reinforces what I read so I get more value out of my reading time

    Cons: 

    Keep doing what you're doing!

    There's no point in reading a book if you're going to forget everything. Use Readwise and retain your knowledge!

    Cory Bray has used this product for one month.
  • John Manoogian III
    John Manoogian IIIFounder, 140 Proof
    Pros: 

    The service I've been searching for to make sense of my massive pile of ebook highlights

    Cons: 

    Automatic syncing would be nice, as would grouping books by topic or date

    I love it and can't wait to see what the future holds for Readwise.

    John Manoogian III has used this product for one month.
  • Tim Falls
    Tim FallsCommunity & Social Impact
    Pros: 

    it works!

    Cons: 

    perhaps too many items in each daily digest?

    Amazon's web interface for accessing Kindle highlights is pretty unruly, so hoping this is a good alternative.

    Tim Falls has used this product for one day.
  • Jun Xiang Tan
    Jun Xiang TanSoftware Engineer
    Pros: 

    Proactive approach on reminders of what I read

    Cons: 

    Only Kindle support. Would love to have support on Blinkist and Medium on articles I've read.

    Awesome product!

    Jun Xiang Tan has used this product for one day.
  • Dan Pardi
    Dan PardiCEO humanOS.me
    Pros: 

    Provides a valuable service to remind you of what you've read

    Cons: 

    Haven't identified one yet

    Just getting started using this but have wanted something like it for a while. Reminds me a bit of oh life journal.

    Dan Pardi has used this product for one day.
  • Pros: 

    An improvement over the Kindle note taking function. Really enjoy discovering new books with the recommended highlights feature

    Cons: 

    Still in the early stages of development - would love to see a mobile app one day

    Excited to see innovation in a space which hasn't seen much of it in the past!

    Alexandre Tang has used this product for one month.
  • Pros: 

    Incredibly simple way to increase retention particularly for fans of non-fiction. Also a fun way to be reminded of your favorite passages.

    Cons: 

    None

    Killer app for anyone who's ever plowed through a dense text and had trouble carrying a conversation about it a week later!

    Charles Miller has used this product for one month.
  • Alexander J Snyder
    Alexander J SnyderAnalyst, CenterSquare
    Pros: 

    i went from never highlighting to making it a pleasant habit. readwise really helps me get more out of the reading I do.

    Cons: 

    I'd trade all the tea in China for automatic syncing of highlights.

    Overall, fantastic idea and execution.

    Alexander J Snyder has used this product for one year.