Blinkist offers big ideas from the world's best nonfiction and made it into powerful 15-minute packs for your ears and your eyes. It is founded by Holger Seim, Niklas Jansen, Sebastian Klein and Tobias Balling on August 21, 2012.
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SparkNotes is the best study guides in the universe / the real MVP. It is launched by Harvard students Sam Yagan, Max Krohn, Chris Coyne, and Eli Bolotin on January 7, 1999. It provides study guides for literature, history, film, philosophy etc.
GetFlashNotes is a self-help and business book summaries you can read or listen to in under 20 minutes. It offers books about personal development, business, self-improvement, and productivity. It is compatible with iPhone and Android devices.
DID YOU KNOW?
The most expensive book ever purchased was priced at 30.8 million US dollars and guess who bought it—Bill Gates. The book is entitled Codex Leicester and it was written by Leonardo Da Vinci. The book features scientific writings on Astronomy, the properties of water, rocks, and fossils. What's more interesting about it is that it clearly gives a glimpse inside da Vinci’s mind. That is the beauty of a book-they can actually take a full grasp of what is inside the writer's mind. And on the reader's end, the feeling of getting immersed in the text is of no comparison.
Perhaps, that's the reason why bookworms exist. Speaking of a bookworm, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates is known to be a one. And surely all book lovers out there would attest that the smell of the pages of an old or new book is fascinating. Interestingly, this phenomenon is called ‘bibliosmia’. For some, the mere thought of hauling a few books feels just so euphoric. That is why amidst the growing popularity of e-books, print books are still in the limelight. When it comes to availability and accessibility, e-books are the best choice to go to. Most copies of print books can only be found in libraries or bookstores so it will be painstaking task. With e-book, you can just Google it up and look for a digital copy. One can even read the book summary online before buying. This is particularly useful for students who are in the field of research. Thanks to the freelance writers on the web who write book summaries and reviews. And they are available in various platforms today like smartphones and tablets with the help of e-book reader apps. Be it a hobby, a pastime, or even a profession, reading offers a lot of benefits. and the love for books would always remain classic.
Actionable Books offer free book summaries and author interviews to empower professionals with the skills and knowledge they need in the 21st-century workplace. It is founded by Chris Taylor in 2008. It offers books about communication, leadership etc.
getAbstract is Swiss-US based corporation that creates world's largest resource of business book, video talk, and economic report summaries. It was developed by Thomas Bergen in 1999. It also has a network of more than 500 publishing partners.
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eNotes.com has study guides, lesson plans, quizzes with a vibrant community of knowledgeable teachers and students to help you with almost any subject. It is founded by Alex Bloomingdale and Brad Satoris in 1998.
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#7Four Minute Books
Four Minute Books is a community of book nerds and those who aspire to become master readers. It also a web page wherein free book summaries are provided. It is developed by Niklas Goeke. It covers topic like science, history, politics etc.
WikiSummaries is a website that provides free summaries of many popular books, plays and other written documents. It is a companion of Wikipedia. This site has summaries related to personal development and productivity.
12min Blog is a blog site that posts book reviews, summaries, and audiobook versions of famous books. The website has an extensive library of books from different genres. It has an application version for iOS devices.
FreeBookNotes.com is the original and largest literature study guide search engine on the web. They have meticulously scoured the web to track down all of the free book notes, study guides, book summaries, chapter summaries, and analyses available for thousands of books, plays, and poems.
#11A random quote
A Random Quote is a website where you'll find books summarized in 5 quotes. The aim is to get an idea fast on what a book is about. Every book is provided with the correspondent link to Amazon.
BookSummaries.me is a website for getting book recommendations by providing its summary. It also collects readership scores from its users and gives a site for buying the book.
ReadinGraphics is an online tool that summarizes books, allowing you to understand the main concepts of the book at-a-glance. This tools has been specially designed for entrepreneurs and executives who want to optimize their time and become more productive.
#14The Power Moves
The Power Moves is a website that provides book summaries to its readers. It recommends books in different types such as finance, self-help, health, and psychology books.
MBReads is a Medium blog created by Michael Batko which contains book summaries grouped in different genres and topics such as biographies, personal development, behavioral psychology, business, fantasy, science, and philosophy.
Durmonski.com is a productivity website owned by Ivan Durmonski. It features a set of book summaries and several lessons from some books written by Ivan Durmonski himself.