By default, Readwise Reader has an Inbox, Later, and Archive location. If I wanted to read something, do I put it in my Inbox or Later? And what’s this Shortlist? It can be pretty confusing for someone who wants a simple reading list.

Fortunately, there is an easy change we can make to adjust the “workflow” that works best for us. Of course, you can always change it later if your needs shift.

  • From the Reader desktop app, open the default Library page.
Readwise Reader Open Library Locations
  • Click the Library header, and it will expand a menu.
  • Select Edit Library Locations.
  • A popup will appear, allowing you to choose your desired workflow. The Classic would be the most straightforward option and is what I use.
Readwise Reader Library Locations


The Shortlist option works best if you have many articles in your reading queue. If there are some articles you want to prioritize, you can add them to the Shortlist using a tag or by clicking “s” on the keyboard while on the Reader desktop.

You can now see all of your articles in Later but jump to Shortlist to see the few you want to read first.


The Triage option (the default option) works best for Power Users. If you have many incoming documents that you may or may not want to read later, they will be added to your Inbox by default. Next, you can triage your Inbox, select which articles you want to read, and put them in the Later queue. Delete or archive the rest.


The Classic option is the simplest and is recommended for those coming from other Read Later apps, like Instapaper or Pocket.

With the Classic option, you have a Later queue and an Archive. No triage is necessary. When you add any article to Reader, it will automatically go to your Later list.

After you read articles in the Later list, you can Archive them.

Sorting your lists

Now that you have your workflow set up, you can change your sort options for your lists.

While in your list (Later, Inbox, etc.), select the Sort Options from the toolbar. You have a ton of options, and choose the one that works best for you.

Readwise Reader Sorting Options


I hope this helps to streamline your reading Workflow using Readwise Reader. I’ll try to post some more Reader tips soon.