Literal augments your online reading experience; capture annotations, sources, and knowledge.
How It Works
Share web content to Literal to add it to your library of sources and start annotating it.
As you read, highlight text to create annotations.
Build a knowledge base from your annotations, a library of idea bookmarks that link back to their source context.
Read annotations in their source context, and never lose track or access to sources within your library.
Organize annotations with tags, or view them grouped by their source.
A Tool for Digital Reading
The way that we read has remained relatively unchanged even as the medium that carries text has evolved. E-reader applications are traditionally skeumorphic and seek to make reading digital text more like reading a physical book. Literal is instead designed to support interaction with digital-text in a native way.
A Commonplace Book
The web has led to the proliferation of information at a scale never before seen. Literal is a Commonplace Book Commonplace Book and enables you to build a personal knowledgebase of curated information through annotation and source capture.
A Star in a Constellation
Literal is a component of a much larger system though which your personal data flows. Literal is open source to increase trust and prevent proprietary lock-in, and implements the W3C Web Annotation Data Model to ensure that your data is portable.
Annotate text while reading to capture ideas, phrases, and knowledge.
Source Capture & Management
Build a digital library. Sources that you read and annotate are automatically archived and indexed.
Organize annotations and sources with tags to build collections of related ideas.
A fully-featured native application that allows for quick capture of sources via the share sheet, annotation, library management, and more.
Read anywhere. iOS application, browser extensions, and a web application.
An integrated development environment for understanding text.
Vast amounts of digital text is contained within PDF documents.
Integrations and APIs
Rich annotation embeds, Hypothes.is integration, data export, and a full API.