- The latest features and improvements to Readwise.
Generate beautiful textshots from highlights 🎨
Readwise has long enabled you to convert a highlight's text to a styled image (aka a "textshot") and then share on social media and elsewhere. We've massively upgraded the textshot feature to: (1) be so much more beautiful 😍, (2) load instantly, and (3) offer numerous customization options.
In addition to the "Pretty" layout, you can also generate a "Clean" or "Classic" version of the textshot:
Finally, you can create a square version for sharing on photo-first social networks such as Instagram. Note that the plain text is still available in the Share dropdown!
To use textshots, tap the share symbol on any highlight.
Readwise iOS Widget 📱
As Readwise users, we just shipped one of our favorite new features in a while: an iPhone widget!
The Readwise widget comes in a variety of aesthetically pleasing shapes and sizes:
The medium widget puts a random highlight on your iPhone home screen that rotates every 5 minutes throughout the day once you've finished your Daily Review. Before you've finished your Daily Review, it shows the first highlight alongside a helpful prompt.
The large widget puts a longer random highlight on your home screen that also rotates every 5 minutes.
Both sizes come in light/dark (depending on your display settings) and blue varieties. Don't forget you can use more than one!
To place the widget, long press anywhere on your unlocked iPhone screen, tap the plus symbol in the upper right hand corner, select Readwise, and click Add Widget on the widget of your choosing.
Add tags to documents (books, articles, etc) 📃
Up until now, tags in Readwise have been limited specifically to highlights. Now you can apply what we call Document Tags to books, articles, tweetstorms, and so on.
There are several places throughout Readwise where you can apply these tags. First, from your Library as shown above. Alternatively, you can add Document Tags during your Daily Reviews by hovering over the title and tapping the tag symbol (or using the keyboard shortcut
shift+t). On mobile, you can add Document Tags using the top-right dropdown menu.
Beyond helping you organize your documents more efficiently (no need to tag each of the 100 highlights in a book the same thing!) you can also now tune your reviews based on your Document Tags. For example, you might tag all your novels as
Fiction and then tune down Fiction so your Reviews are more nonfiction oriented.
Speed improvements and bug fixes 🚀
Since coming back from holidays, we've been focused heads down on crushing bugs and improving the performance of Readwise. You should notice:
- Faster site and app loading times as we upgraded our database and optimized many pages
- No more duplicate highlights in Instapaper articles!
- Way fewer bugs in our highlight Bulk Import tool for CSV files/spreadsheets
- No more bugs in billing when you try to change your plan
- Reviewing more highlights after your daily review (or opening your Highlight Feed in the mobile app) should be about 3x faster
- A dozen other small bugs fixed :)
A much faster and more powerful Library page 📚
We've been shipping tonnes of improvements to the Readwise Library page: better search, faster performance, and a whole new Gallery view for your books:
Additionally, there is now an "Everything" view where you can sort and scroll through your books, articles, tweets, etc. all alongside each other! Try it out at readwise.io/everything →
Export all of your highlights to Markdown 📂
Since the early days of Readwise, we've supported exporting books/articles individually to markdown, but this has been a little impractical for those wanting to export their entire library to note-taking apps (or just backing them up to their computer). No longer!
You can now export all of your highlights to a folder full of markdown files, as well as customize the formatting of those markdown files precisely how you like:
Try out our new bulk Markdown Export →
A full redesign of Readwise 🎨
We've completely overhauled the the design of Readwise's web and mobile apps to feel cleaner, more aesthetic, and (most importantly) work better!
This was a big undertaking of redesigning basically every page on the Readwise site. Also included was a new logo and app icon for Readwise: we hope you like it :)
Android app 🤖
A quiet ship of 2020 we made was releasing an Android counterpart to our iOS mobile app! Review your highlights, receive notifications, browse, search, and add highlights via camera. All from our Android native app.
Readwise Public API 🔌
In addition to our hand-coded integrations, we now offer a public API which developers have started to harness for all kinds of creative applications for getting new types of highlights into Readwise. With this, expect many new integrations coming up >:)
Sync your highlights from the Command browser
Command is a highlighting-first web browser on iOS that makes it easy to save highlights from a webpage as you’re browsing.
Command has integrated Readwise into their app enabling you to save highlights from webpages directly (and automatically) into Readwise!
→ To get started, read: How can I save highlights from the mobile web using Command?
New highlight sources: Feedly and Worldbrain 🆕
Two new sources to bring highlights from articles into Readwise this week!
The first is Feedly: an RSS reader and read-it-later app. To connect Feedly to your Readwise account, just head over to readwise.io/sync and hit the "Feedly" option -- your highlights will all sync automatically.
The second is Memex by Worldbrain: a powerful tool that lets you annotate, organize and share what you find online.
To connect Worldbrain, simply connect via Memex Settings > Import & Integrations from inside the Worldbrain app.
We hope you like the new integrations, and we have many more coming!
Import highlights from PDFs 📃
We've finally bitten the bullet on one of our most requested but most fickle import sources: PDF documents.
You can now upload highlighted PDFs or email those files as attachments to firstname.lastname@example.org to be imported into your account.
If you plan to take advantage of this feature, we encourage you to read the associated help document to understand some of the best practices. As we said, PDF is an extremely fickle file format!
→ To get started, read: Can I import highlights from PDFs?
Save highlights from podcasts using Airr 🎧
We've teamed up with the airr.io team to make it effortless to save your favourite quotes from podcasts as you're listening!
Just download the Airr app, and connect your Readwise account from your settings.
Every AirrQuote you make will then be automatically saved (including a link to play the audio in Airr, your caption, and a transcript of the quote if available) to your Readwise account. Here's what it looks like:
Detailed instructions to set it up 👇
Paper book highlighting (OCR) v2 📸
We've massively improved the paper book highlighting feature in the Readwise iOS app... in two main ways!
1️⃣ We've improved our text parsing algorithm a lot, meaning fewer typos and less time tweaking passages 🤓
2️⃣ You can now make a highlight across multiple pages:
This has probably been the most-requested OCR improvement, so happy to be shipping it!
For you Android users, the app is coming very soon. Shoot us a quick email at email@example.com if you're interested in trying it out 🤖