Readwise: A Review of the Reading App

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April 18, 2023
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If you're an avid reader, you've probably heard of Readwise. But the question is, do you use it, and how much are you willing to pay for its services?

Last week, I stumbled upon Readwise, and I must say, it left a good impression. This app offers a unique service - it sends you emails containing highlights from your Kindle books, Instapaper, Pocket, iBooks, and various other platforms. What's more, it incorporates spaced repetition and active recall features to enhance your memory retention. However, there's one aspect that has raised some eyebrows - the pricing.

The lite version comes at $4.99, while the Pro version is priced at $7.99. For users living outside the United States, this might seem a tad expensive. It's not on the same level as Roam Research (chuckles), but it's still on the pricey side. So, what are your thoughts on this?

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"I can't believe I missed this! What a great question! I'm the founder of Readwise, by the way. We do offer a 50% discount for users in countries with weaker currencies, such as India and Brazil. Hopefully, this helps address the pricing concern. You just need to contact our support team to request it.

It's also worth noting that we're constantly enhancing Readwise. There are several features, like syncing with note-taking apps and the ability to save highlights from physical books using your phone's camera, that many users aren't aware of yet. These additions aim to make the product even more valuable!"

"I recently subscribed to the lite version for a full year. As of now, I have mixed feelings about Readwise. It's nice to have your highlights presented to you daily as a memory aid. However, there are days when I forget to check the daily digest, leading to a backlog of highlights. So far, it's a nice service, but I'm not entirely convinced I'll renew my subscription."

"I've known about Readwise for a while, but I haven't subscribed because the idea of saving content doesn't excite me. (I assume you share the same sentiment since you're hesitant to pay.) I'm waiting for a product that intelligently brings articles, books, and more to the forefront. A friend and I even attempted to create newsletters from saved links: [linkdrop.co](https://www.linkdrop.co/). I believe there's room for improvement in helping people rediscover their saved content. These apps could also categorize and connect different pieces of content, creating a valuable web of resources."

"As far as I can tell, Readwise seems to be the only option for centralizing your highlights from various platforms. However, I'm struggling to justify the cost because I'm not interested in their review features. I was primarily seeking a way to consolidate my highlights for safekeeping. I wish they had a more affordable tier that solely served as an archive and backup, with minimal additional features. Somewhere I could go to retrieve an up-to-date copy of my highlights from all sources."

"I'm using the lite version for $4.49, and I must say, I love it! If you're someone who frequently highlights content on your Kindle or Instapaper, it's definitely worth the investment."

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