Frequently Asked Questions




From what sources can I import my highlights into Readwise?

We support a variety of existing reading platforms (all available from the Add Highlights link on your Dashboard) including:

We also experimentally support paper & audiobook highlights, Liner, and a few other sources. To find out more about these, or to request a new source, feel free to reach out to us at hello@readwise.io :)

How do I import my newest Kindle highlights into Readwise?

Unfortunately, there is no way for us (yet) to automatically import your newest Kindle highlights from Amazon, so you’ll have to periodically visit the Add Highlights page on a laptop or desktop computer. The good news is that this should only take a few seconds and we'll remind you every 45 days in case you forget.

Other reading platforms, including Instapaper and Highly, will synchronize your newest highlights automatically.

Can I import my Kindle highlights from books or documents that were not purchased from Amazon?

Yes! If you made those highlights on a Kindle device, you can plug in your device and upload the My Clippings.txt file at this link: Import Clippings.

Is it possible to include highlights from articles alongside highlights from books?

Yes! We currently support automatic syncing of highlights from from Instapaper and Highly. If you read and highlight articles on your Kindle device, you can sync those annotations using the My Clippings file stored on your Kindle.

Is it possible to include highlights from Pocket?

We would love to integrate with Pocket, but at the moment their API doesn't support highlights. Through the help of our users, however, we think the good folks at Pocket will add this feature soon. If you have a moment, you should reach out to Pocket support and suggest to them that they enable a Readwise integration. Their email address is support@getpocket.com, their Twitter handle is @PocketSupport, and their request for feature form is here.

How do keyboard shortcuts work?

Keyboard shortcuts are the best.

<- Previous highlight

-> Next highlight

t Add tag

f Favorite

d Discard

n Add or edit note

s Share (via Twitter or Facebook)

cc Copy the highlight to clipboard

m Email the highlight to a friend

I love revisiting my highlights, but I often find myself wanting to see more context in the book itself. Is there some way for me to automatically open the book in the Kindle app?

Yes! At the end of every Kindle highlight in the web app, there is a Location hyperlink that will open the Kindle app on your desktop PC or Mac and navigate you directly to that highlight.

Note: Due to technical limitations of the Kindle app on iOS and Android, this feature only works on desktop (not mobile).

Is there some way for me to automatically open the book in the Kindle app from my Readwise email (rather than the web app)?

Yes! By default, we turn off Kindle Location hyperlinks in the Readwise email, but you can optionally turn that feature on here.

Is there some way for me to automatically open the book in the mobile Kindle app (rather than just desktop)?

Due to technical limitations of the Kindle app on iOS and Android, this feature only works on desktop (not mobile).

I see that I can export notes and highlights from Readwise to Evernote, but can I also import highlights from Evernote?

Readwise enables you to export to Evernote, but we've not yet added the ability to import from Evernote. The reason for this is that our users have such different Evernote workflows, e.g., one user may use a long note for a series of highlights whereas another may use a new note for each highlight.

All that being said, Evernote import is definitely on our near- or intermediate-term roadmap. We'll definitely keep you posted as to our progress there.

How do I import highlights from a book I didn’t purchase from Amazon and read on my iOS Kindle app?

  1. Go to the document in your Kindle app

  2. Click the Notebook button at the top middle

  3. Press the share button:

  4. Export the highlights via email and send them to import@readwise.io

  5. From there, we'll import the highlights into your account

Let us know if that works for you!

Do you support Kobo?

Unfortunately, Kobo does not make it easy at all to extract your highlights from the Kobo device. In fact, it's incredibly difficult requiring you to plug your device in, turn on hidden files, copy a hidden database file... and so on. Therefore, we don't support Kobo at the moment, but we're constantly monitoring the situation to see if they make it easier!

In the meantime, you can still use Readwise to resurface highlights from articles highlighted via Instapaper, Highly, and elsewhere. And you can add books you've read but not highlighted on Kindle/iBooks and receive popular highlights intermixed in your reviews!

Do you support Scribd?

Unfortunately, Scribd doesn't provide a simple method for you and Readwise to retrieve your highlights (e.g., an API).

However, you can use a tool called Exifle to export your highlights to json. If you email that json file to import@readwise.io, we should be able to import your Scribd highlights manually for you! Obviously, not the ideal process, but it’s the best we can do until Scribd makes it a bit easier to export your data!

How can I change my password?

Assuming you signed up using email (as opposed to Amazon), you can change your password at any time at this link:

readwise.io/accounts/password/reset/

Do you have a mobile app?

We definitely intend to develop a mobile app soon, but at the moment, we have so many exciting features to add to our web app that the mobile app might be a few months. Rest assured, however, we know we need a native mobile app eventually!

In the meantime, you can install the Readwise web app on the homescreen of your smartphone and get app-link functionality immediately. Instructions to do so can be found here: https://readwise.io/homescreen

Is there some way for me to OCR my physical highlights from paper books to get them into Readwise?

We don't currently have an OCR system of our own, but we've found Shelfie to be the most reliable third-party app for this purpose. If you want to use it, export your notes to HTML and email the HTML file to import@readwise.io. We'll then manually import the highlights to your account.

Also, we also experimentally support the inclusion of popular highlights from paper & audiobooks here. It's not the same as receiving your own highlights, of course, but most of our users have found it to be pretty effective in boosting retention!

If I delete a highlight in Kindle or Instapaper, will it also be deleted in Readwise? And vice versa?

At the moment, if you delete a highlight in Kindle or Instapaper and resync with Readwise, we will not automatically delete the highlight in Readwise.  Similarly, when you discard or delete a highlight in Readwise, we will not (we cannot) delete the highlight in Kindle or Instapaper.

Do you support the ability to import notes from Evernote alongside the ability to export notes to Evernote?

As you've probably noticed, we have the ability to export to Evernote, but we've not yet added the ability to import from Evernote. The reason for this is that our users have such different Evernote workflows, e.g., one user may use a long note for a series of highlights whereas another may use a new note for each highlight.

All that being said, Evernote import is definitely on our near- or intermediate-term roadmap! If this feature is of interest to you, we'd love to hear about your workflow (email us at hello@readwise.io).

How does Readwise choose what highlights are included in each daily review? I keep seeing highlights from a particular book? I think I saw the same highlight recently before?

Our resurfacing algorithm currently uses what we call "probabilistic spaced repetition" to choose what highlights are included in your daily review.

When you start out, if you have one book highlighted 100 times out of 500 total highlights, there is a 20% probability our algorithm will select a highlight from that book. Meanwhile, if you have another book highlighted only 5 times out of 500 total highlights, there's only a 1% probability our algorithm will select a highlight from that book.

Each time a highlight is shown, it's probability of being resurfaced is significantly down-weighted. So, it's possible that you might see the same highlight twice in rapid succession before having seen all your highlights at least once... it's just an unlikely occurrence!

Is there any way to review passages from physical books in Readwise?

We have two ways of helping you to get more out of paper books through easy, consistent review.  You can either: 1. Manually add paper highlights using the Freeform Input option, or 2. Add the titles of paper books you've read and audiobooks you've listened to here.

There's a third option where you can use an app called Shelfie to take photos of your paper highlights and export those to HTML. If you're interested in using Shelfie email us at hello@readwise.io and we'll send you instructions.