Readwise Beta

Effortlessly rediscover and organize your Kindle highlights

4.9/5
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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.

Would you recommend this product?

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.

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.

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reading+hacking at readwise.io
Thanks Conrad! We're working hard on making the mental models for our users simpler and more clear. More to come soon :)

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.

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

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reading+hacking at readwise.io
Thanks for being candid Jacob. We're still figuring out the best way to implement tagging and organization in a way that's useful. This article is very much front of mind: https://praxis.fortelabs.co/tagg... More to come on this front soon!
Copygrad.com

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.

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.

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reading+hacking at readwise.io
Thanks Will :) Automatic syncing would be incredible. Unfortunately we haven't quite figured out a good way to implement it yet -- feels mostly infeasible until Amazon creates an API for Kindle highlights.

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.

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

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Racecar Driver | Entrepreneur | Writer
Awful Experience syncing all my content to Notion. And then another awful experience trying to get a response from the customer support team once they realised that redoing the entire setup twice or thrice doesn't seem to work either! Been 11+ days without a response and no Notion Sync. Quite pointless without it for me honestly.
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Racecar Driver | Entrepreneur | Writer
@akshaymotorsport 22 days without a response from the customer support team! The product still doesn't work!!

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

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

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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.

Pros:

Simplicity

Cons:

Light on customizability

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Full stack product designer

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

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

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Analyst, CenterSquare

Overall, fantastic idea and execution.

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.

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Managing Director @ ClozeLoop

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

Pros:

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

Cons:

Keep doing what you're doing!

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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.

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.

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CEO humanOS.me

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

Pros:

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

Cons:

Haven't identified one yet

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reading+hacking at readwise.io
Thanks for the review Dan! Do let us know if you think of any ways we can make Readwise even better :)
pvt

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!

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?

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reading+hacking at readwise.io
Hey Sarah! Thanks for this wonderful review. We're really happy you like it. As for your email frequency, you can definitely change your settings! Just go here: https://readwise.io/preferences/... and you can choose either "weekly" or "every 2 days" :) Thanks for the suggestion to highlight web content! That's a super interesting direction that we're looking more into... I've bumped it up our todo list thanks to your feedback.
Blogger/analyst
Love your point about being encouraged to read more - I feel exactly the same way, though thrilled that the Readwise newsletters bring back highlights from my reading of five and more years ago, combined with the more recent.
Blogger/analyst

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.

Pros:

Getting these daily updates has been a joy!

Cons:

Only as good as the original highlights.

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Always curious about exciting product

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.

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.

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

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

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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.

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.

Managing Director, CRE Investments

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.

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.

Founder, Climate Friends

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

Pros:

it works!

Cons:

perhaps too many items in each daily digest?

Software Engineer

Awesome product!

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.