📚Reading Tools - Tips & Hacks
We live in a golden era. We can discover a book, download and read at our fingertips in seconds. We all read books, blogs, essays and articles. The science behind learning says that if we don't frequently refresh on what we read, we are mostly like to forget it.
Let us say, you are reading an excellent essay in New Yorker, you come across a nicely written line or paragraph. You want to remember it for a long time. You can either select and store it in Evernote or Gmail. But when will you read it? I don't think we can add a reminder to go through such items in our inbox or Evernote.
Here are some tools that can give you the superpower of learning things and remembering it forever:
ReadWise - This is an essential tool in my reading tools stack. You can sync all the notes you take into this tool. ReadWise will send a mail to you every day with up to 10 randomly chosen highlights. This seemingly trivial mail is so powerful. It takes less an 2 minutes to read the daily e-mail. But by just skimming this content, your brain gets refreshed by the content you marked as relevant. If that topic is in your conscious mind, it is going to help you at the right moment.
Highly - This is a little browser plugin (also has a mobile app extension) that helps you to highlight any content that you see on the web. A nice tweet or a good comment or important concept you are reading Wikipedia. Everything can be highlighted with Highly. All the highlights get synced with ReadWise ☺️. Any interesting content you read in the net will be part of the daily mail from ReadWise.
Instapaper - This is a read-it-later app that I highly recommend. It will avoid you to have gazillion browser windows open across devices. It downloads the content in your mobile, so you can read it in a focussed manner, whenever you are ready. More importantly, as you read, you can highlight the interesting texts. Again the highlights are synced with ReadWise. (I have used Pocket earlier, but I don't see it having the highlighting feature, which is crucial for me.)
Kindle - Whether you use the Kindle device or the app in your smartphone, by default, it supports highlighting. All the notes/highlights of Kindle will also be automatically synced with ReadWise.
As you see from above, almost all my reading sources are directed to ReadWise. By this, I don't miss out any important content that I have read. Even, if I tend to forget, the daily mail from them refreshes my memory. Since I sync the content from various sources that are interesting, I look forward to reading the daily mail from ReadWise.