Retain what you read

Living in an Information Age, we all consume a constant stream of books, tweets, articles, and podcasts. It is very difficult, however, to actually grasp and retain much of this information. Readwise is a unique tool that makes it easy and fun to aggregate and retain useful knowledge from all the media we consume.

Readwise works by collecting all of your highlights from e-books and articles in a single place. It is integrated with Kindle, making it super easy to sync up all your book highlights. In addition to getting highlights from Kindle, it is also very easy to import highlights from pdfs and other files. You can even capture tweets by tweeting @readwise.

Once you have collected all your highlights into Readwise, the app really starts to shine. It has a digest feature where the app will pull a number of past highlights and send them straight to your inbox. Alternatively, you can also view them right in the app.

The digest is a great feature. You can tweak and customize it a lot to filter the types and amount of highlights you see every day. You can tag each highlight and either favorite it so that it will show up more frequently, or put them on a delay. It really helps to recall and retain information from the books and articles you read. It is very useful for students as well, as you can turn the highlights it brings up into small quizzes.

Readwise can be integrated with such popular productivity apps as Evernote, Roam Research, and Notion. You can get pretty advanced with these integrations, tagging and organizing highlights within your larger notebook systems. This feature allows you to incorporate Readwise into a larger workflow, where you collect, recall, and then systematically organize everything you read.

It is based on a monthly subscription of either $4.99 for the lite version or $7.99 for the full version. Lite has the most important features, although you do have to pay for integration with Roam, Notion, and Evernote. So if you want to get really advanced with it, the full version is essential. A 30 day free trial is available for you to try it out.

Readwise is available here.

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