Scaling Synthesis

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Last updated April 28, 2022

Authored by:: Brendan Langen

Readwise is a product that allows users to extract book and journal highlights into one place. They integrate with ebook platforms, read-it-later apps, and photos to collect annotations in one place.

This enables readers to engage in progressive summarization, as people process complex information in multiple levels and stages of processing

As Synthesis is supported by Active Reading, Incrementally processing notes is a key user behavior to promote synthesis.

Announced in September 2021, they are releasing their own reading app to enable read-it-later functionality within the tool.

In our research, we are asking: How might a discourse graph be designed to support incremental formalization and How can people maintain a decentralized discourse graph with a high quantity of stuff in it? Because Curation is an important role in maintaining a decentralized discourse graph, Readwise’s design may provide insights.