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For most people, a booklist seems to exist only to grow longer and longer. No matter how quickly you read or how much time you devote to it, there always seem to be more books that you want to read than you have time for.
Enter technology. Today, there are many services designed to help you churn through your booklist faster and more efficiently than ever. By distilling books to bite-sized summaries, these services let you gather the main idea in just a few minutes. Check out some of the best offerings on the market, now on sale.
The world’s leading source of book summaries includes more than 5,000 summaries in a range of curated channels, from self-development and politics to science and history. Distilling the top business books, articles, and video talks into ten-minute abstracts, you can fly through an entire book while waiting at the bus station.
With 4.5 stars on the App Store, BookNotes is a handy digital library that gives you the key insights to more than 1,000 best-selling books in just 15 minutes. From non-fiction to fiction and documentary summaries, BookNotes lets you cut to the core ideas of books fast. Plus, with audio summaries, you can listen to summaries while on the T or stuck on 93.
Even more pressed for time? SumizeIt focuses primarily on business books and distills them to just five-minute summaries. Designed to help you fill those awkward spaces throughout your day, SumizeIt helps you learn something new while you’re twiddling your thumbs before a meeting.
As the name suggests, 12min converts books into text or audio micro books intended to be digested in just 12 minutes. You’ll get access to hundreds of titles, with 30 more added every month. If they don’t have what you’re looking for, you can suggest new breakdowns to the 12min team, and they might just add it to the library. With 12min, you can also send micro books to your Kindle Account so you can access them offline.
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