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 firstname.lastname@example.org :)
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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com, their Twitter handle is @PocketSupport, and their request for feature form is here.
Keyboard shortcuts are the best.
<- Previous highlight
-> Next highlight
t Add tag
n Add or edit note
s Share (via Twitter or Facebook)
cc Copy the highlight to clipboard
m Email the highlight to a friend
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).
Yes! By default, we turn off Kindle Location hyperlinks in the Readwise email, but you can optionally turn that feature on here.
Due to technical limitations of the Kindle app on iOS and Android, this feature only works on desktop (not mobile).
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.
Go to the document in your Kindle app
Click the Notebook button at the top middle
Press the share button:
Export the highlights via email and send them to firstname.lastname@example.org
From there, we'll import the highlights into your account
Let us know if that works for you!
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!
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 email@example.com, 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!
Assuming you signed up using email (as opposed to Amazon), you can change your password at any time at this link:
Nope! In fact, we couldn't even get access to your Amazon password if we wanted to. When you sign in with Amazon we only receive your email address. When you sync your highlights with our browser extension, we only have access to the subdomain read.amazon.com, which never shows your Amazon password, only your books and highlights.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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!
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.
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 email@example.com).
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll send you instructions.
Here are some ways you can improve the quality of the highlights in your daily review:
Discard the subpar highlights when they appear so you never see them resurfaced again. You can do this using the link in the email or the discard button in the web app (keyboard shortcut
Disable books that you're especially uninterested in on your Library.
Add the books you've read (can be digital, paper, or audiobooks) using the Paper or Audiobooks source and we'll start supplementing your daily reviews with the best highlights in our system.