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ReadCube is the simplest way to read, manage and discover research literature. ReadCube on your iPhone and iPad are the perfect companions to the free ReadCube desktop software, enabling you to access your papers anywhere – read on the go, organize your library and annotate PDFs with notes and highlights.

ReadCube Enhanced PDF features include:
• Tap-able inline citations, reference lists and author names so you can quickly find cited articles and related information
• Supplements are automatically attached where available
• Full screen PDF viewing plus multi-touch zoom/navigation for an optimal reading experience
• Multi-color highlighting and note taking tools

Easily find new papers:
• Search in PubMed, Google Scholar or ReadCube databases within the app
• Quickly download new articles with a single tap when you’re on campus or with your institutional proxy

Or import directly from Safari, email attachments and other apps:
• In Safari or your preferred browser, use any search engine to find article PDFs
• Use the “Open In…” option from the browser or any app to add PDFs to your ReadCube library
• Metadata are automatically resolved - no more guessing with cryptic file names

ReadCube personalized Recommendations:
• Our most popular feature!
• Discover relevant new papers based on your library – you’ll never miss another important paper again

Stay organized:
• Create custom lists and sort articles into one or multiple lists
• Quickly search your entire library (and all annotations)
• Add any number of #tags to further customize your library organization

ReadCube Pro features:
• Sync everything – papers, notes, highlights – between the free ReadCube desktop app and your mobile devices
• Unlimited cloud storage space for your PDFs

Simplify your research life – try ReadCube for free on your iPhone, iPad and computer.

We love feedback from our users - please email with any suggestions or issues. Thanks for using ReadCube!

What's New in Version 1.71

• Under-the-hood maintenance update to fix a few bugs (see prev. release notes for the newest features in the last major update)
• Fixed a bug with importing PDFs from other apps (using “Copy to” or “Open in” ReadCube)
• Fixed an app crashing bug
• We’re always working to improve the app! Please email us at with any feedback or questions


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Customer Reviews

Unreliable Sync - really disappointing

I was really excited about this app, so much so that I upgraded to pro to get the syncing from my desktop to my iPad. Unfortunately, I discovered it doesn’t sync reliably, despite being a paid service. I lost the annotations on at least 2 pdfs. I contacted support, and they can’t tell me why it might have happened, and as there was little warning, I’m hesitant to trust it again. At the very least, their customer service should refund a portion of the subscription service, as a show of goodwill. I’ve also found several critical features to still be lacking, like linking the annotations to the place in the pdf and providing a page number. What good are annotations without the ability to find them again easily in the text? I definitely should have waited before purchasing the year of read-cube pro. I cannot recommend this app in it’s current state.

Beta is no excuse

SmartCite is and has been in beta for some time. In this case, beta does not mean few bugs but unusable software. After a certain manuscript length or number of references (perhaps 10pages and 50refs), the MS Word interface becomes so slow as to be unusable ( 10-15 min per citation entry, having to try multiple times in some cases for the entry to take).

Full cloud-based functionality is as expensive as some other options, and most major citation managers have this function.

Feels a bit like a scam... Call it a beta, take your cash, and deliver unusable product.

Basic features too expensive

Upgrading to pro is way too expensive, but necessary for basic features. Most of these features like watched folders, file management, and syncing across devices are free on other services like mendeley. Yes, read cube offers unlimited online space, but this is not something most users need. I would gladly pay a one time fee, but $55 annually is way too expensive for us poor grad students to shell out for the basics. :(.

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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • Free
  • Category: Productivity
  • Updated:
  • Version: 1.71
  • Size: 23.0 MB
  • Language: English
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 6.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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