The reMarkable is an e-ink-based tablet meant for reading and writing.

  • Reading and annotating PDFs on the beach is really amazing. This is the high-order bit.

  • It’s wonderful to be able to read and annotate full-page PDFs rather than EPUBs.
  • The device incredibly slow, exacerbating Poor performance disrupts nonlinear reading in digital reading
  • The workflow for doing anything with annotations made on-device is abysmal. On-device, one can’t search or quickly navigate among them. On a computer, they’re simply flattened into the PDF. And there’s no automatic syncing whatsoever. Shockingly bad.
  • The EPUB reader implementation is truly awful: incredibly slow, painful navigation, etc.
  • Getting books onto it requires breaking using a computer and breaking DRM.
  • The form factor’s great: light, a good size, good materials.
  • Poor but tolerable battery life.
  • Quite expensive at $500… but was discounted to $279 in May 2020! I returned mine but bought another at the lower price.


I’d like very much to sync my on-disk library with the reMarkable. I imagine I’ll have to set aside a day or two and just build that functionality.

There’s a Typescript implementation of the cloud API: reMarkable-typescript/src at master · Ogdentrod/reMarkable-typescript · GitHub

Documentation of the API here: Storage · splitbrain/ReMarkableAPI Wiki · GitHub

Once I download the lines files, I can convert them to SVG using this script: maxio/rm_tools at master · lschwetlick/maxio · GitHub

Q. Valuation as of May 2022?
A. $1B

Q. Devices sold as of May 2022?
A. 1M

Last updated 2023-07-13.