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4.7/5All time (41 reviews)
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Mind-blowing paradigm-shift to the reading experience. A few minutes of playing with it was all it took for me to decide to move all my newsletter subscriptions to Readwise. Its clutter-free and focused flow is the best I've found (there's a lot more, from handy AI aids to power-user shortcuts, that make the software an absolute gem —more good points than I can list here.) Easily one of the best product releases of the year imo, right up there with Chat GPT and Arc. So incredibly underrated.
Readwise is an integration tool for content consumption first and foremost. It allows consuming content from the best app we like to and is able to bring in our highlights and annotations to a unified interface that can be consumed from their apps (Readwise and Reader) but also relayed downstream to note taking tools and deeper introspection. It suits diverse set of learning workflows and comes a solid API. Though the main job appears to be a flashcards app like anki using spaced repetition and interleaving with the twist of being able to make your notes around your highlights on content consumed from a host of popular services, I find it as a core architecture piece of modern knowledge work and learning. Books can be read on Kindle, Apple Books, Libby and a host of other sources and their highlights can surface up in Readwise. Tweets can be saved and preserved for later consumption or referncing. Audio podcasts can be saved via apps like Snipd, and newsletters can be consumed via email feeds and RSS all in one fluid interface. Their reading app, Reader is new in the market but is becoming tightly integrated with Readwise and i am exciting about their future development. It is one of those services that is hard to switch off once you get it rolling, simply because it becomes a critical infrastructure piece in personal knowledge management.
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