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Do you use Readwise app? How much are you paying for the service?

I came across Readwise this week and I thought it was a very nice app. It sends emails with highlights from Kindle books, Instapaper, Pocket, iBooks and other services. It also offers the spaced repetition and active recall features to help you remember. Price, though, seems a bit high. A lite version is U$ 4.99 and a Pro version costs U$ 7.99. For those not living in USA, it's expensive. Not as expensive as Roam (ahahah), but expensive even so. What are your thoughts?

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jgheller's avatar
2 years ago

I use the lite version for 4.49.

I love it! If you take a ton of highlights on your kindle or Instapaper is totally worth it

4 points
maguay's avatar
@maguay (replying to @jgheller )
2 years ago

Very cool—just saw this mentioned on Hacker News today as well. I may have to try it out. Even more interesting since it combines both Instapaper and Kindle highlights!

2 points
qthdh's avatar
2 years ago

I recently subscribed to the light version for a whole year.
So far, I’m a bit divided about Readwise. It’s cool to have your highlights show it to you every day as a way to remember those passages better.
But at the same time, I don’t feel it’s something I couldn’t live without. There are even days when I forget to consume daily digest, and start to pile up a queue of highlights to go over.
So far, I would say it’s nice, but I’m not quite sure I would renew the subscription.

3 points
maguay's avatar
@maguay (replying to @qthdh )
2 years ago

This almost feels like something Amazon should acquire and roll into the Kindle/Goodreads ecosystem. There's already the read.amazon.com/notebook page that shows all your Kindle highlights in one place; a way to get reminded about those would seem like a natural fit.

Also I do wonder if Readwise could have a better business model by building a recommendation engine, and/or letting you subscribe to others' book notes?

1 point
homsiT's avatar
a year ago

Can't believe I ever caught this, great question! Founder of Readwise here.

We offer a 50% of discount for folks in countries with depressed currencies (India, Brazil, etc), so hopefully that helps with the price side -- it's definitely something we're mindful of. You've just got to write into our support to request it.

Also worth noting that we're constantly improving Readwise and there are quite a few features like syncing to note-taking apps, the ability to save highlights from paper books using your phone camera, etc. that many users don't yet know about, and hopefully make the product more worthwhile!

2 points
kwabboateng's avatar
2 years ago

I've known about it for some time now, but haven't subscribed because saving content isn't particularly compelling. (I assume you feel the same way since you're not willing to pay. ) I'm waiting to see a product that intelligently brings articles, books, etc. to the foreground. My friend and I tried to create newsletters out of saved links: https://www.linkdrop.co/, but I think more can be down to help people rediscover their saved content. I also think these apps could categorize and associate different pieces of content, creating a useful web of resources.

2 points
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@omonish0404 (replying to @kwabboateng )
2 years ago

Agree to your point, as not everyone on the tread is happy with the value delivered to them. Adding value through discovery, associations, and web which can be accessed and recommended at the right time with recommendation engine as mentioned by @maguay.

1 point
maguay's avatar
@maguay (replying to @omonish0404 )
2 years ago

One reading platform that does fairly well at recommendations is Instapaper—though there for online articles, not books. And on the book side, Goodread’s recommendations honestly never have felt that good to me; if anything, Amazon’s own recommendations are more interesting.

1 point
mariusmasalar's avatar
2 years ago

Readwise seems to be (as far as I can tell) the only option for centralizing your highlights from across various platforms.

I'm struggling to justify the cost because I'm not interested in their review features; I was just looking for a way to consolidate my highlights from everywhere and bring them together for safekeeping. I wish they had a tier that was priced lower that served as just an archive/backup and pretty much nothing else. Somewhere I could go to retrieve an up-to-date copy of highlights from everywhere.

2 points
maguay's avatar
@maguay (replying to @mariusmasalar )
2 years ago

Feels like this could be the perfect fit for a bookmarking service—where paying for something that'd archive your bookmarks plus highlights from other apps would make more sense.

Wonder what Evernote could have been if they'd tried to tie into more apps and be that.

1 point
homsiT's avatar
@homsiT (replying to @mariusmasalar )
a year ago

We plan to upgrade our pricing tiers to accommodate this usecase -- you should be able to pay less to get just the syncing features :)

1 point
omonish0404's avatar
2 years ago

Do we have any great alternatives to the Readwise app across OS?

1 point
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@JulienDambron (replying to @omonish0404 )
2 years ago

I am wondering the exact same thing.
So far the only alternative I discovered is NeuraCache. It seems efficient but I started using it very recently therefore I cannot provide a detailed feedback.

1 point
maguay's avatar
@maguay (replying to @JulienDambron )
2 years ago

Interesting, looks like that's structured like a flashcard app, to help you remember stuff from notes and highlights

1 point
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