What are the best book summary websites?

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    #1Blinkist

    Blinkist

    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.

    Websites

    Free- Varies by plan

    Terry Woods
    Written on April 11, 2017
    "Recently I needed to learn about multiple new job related topics within about a week and I really wasn't sure what to do until I found this website called Blinklist. Blinklist simply provides detailed summaries in both text and audio of nearly thousands of bestselling non-fiction books. It conveniently had all of the topics I needed and was extremely helpful overall as I could bring these summaries on the go on my smartphone. The sign-up process was painless and the the rewards were invaluable. If you are short on time like I am and need to cover a lot of topics, Blinklist is likely for you."
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    #2SparkNotes

    SparkNotes

    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.

    Websites

    Free

    Lawrence Alvarez
    Written on March 15, 2017
    "We've all been in a situation where we had to read a book for something and we just couldn't find the time to do it. I was recently in this scenario when I forgot to read a chapter out of a book for a class I had. Even though I had intended to do it the old fashioned way it just somehow slipped my mind and I was worried about it because I knew we'd have a quiz on it. So after doing some online investigating, I found this website called SparkNotes. What a lifesaver this website was! It is intended to provide summaries of nearly countless books and practically any other information you'd need to know about a given book. Lucky for me, I only had to find a summary for a single chapter but I could see this website being much more valuable! Even if you wanted to just test your knowledge prior to a quiz or something I could see it being extremely helpful. I'll be bookmarking this one indefinitely!"
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    #3GetFlashNotes

    GetFlashNotes

    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.

    Websites

    $29- 1 month

    Ayaan Kapur
    Written on September 2, 2017
    "I love to learn new things, but I don't always have time to relax and spend hours studying a subject. That's why I love GetFlashNotes, which gives me high-quality summaries of books I've always wanted to read. 20 minutes and now I can have an overview of a subject, it's super useful! It's true that there are similar websites where content is free, but paying a small monthly fee ensures that the summaries are really relevant, so it's worth investing a small amount of money to become a member."

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.

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    #4Actionable Books

    Actionable Books

    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.

    Websites

    Free

    David Carter
    Written on August 30, 2017
    "For the busy professional that is interested in putting informative business reading into action, this is a great help. Through this website, I can quickly get the gist of a wealth of information without having to spend copious amounts of time reading each book cover to cover."
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    #5getAbstract

    getAbstract

    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.

    Websites

    Free- Varies by plan

    Deborah Watson
    Written on January 7, 2017
    "You're grinding at the office for 12 hours a day, trying to have some semblance of home life, and now your boss wants you to read a "life changing strategy book that's only 200 pages"?! GetAbstract to the rescue! In 10 minutes you can read the summary of these business focused books, and get on with your life. "
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    #6eNotes

    eNotes

    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. 

    Websites

    Free- Varies by plan

    Lawrence Vargas
    Written on January 27, 2017
    "I used eNotes to help me with book summaries and increase my understanding of books I'm reading. The website design is a little lackluster, but it is easy to navigate and has pretty good summaries and notes for many books. It might not have notes for every single book out there, but I found information on all the books I needed. It says it has over 30,000 titles, so you can probably find the book you're looking for."
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    #7Four Minute Books

    Four 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.

    Websites

    Free

    Samuel Girma
    Written on November 17, 2017
    "I NEED Three PAGES OF BOOK SUMMARY FOR "UNDERSTANDING PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE" by James Ladyman 2002. Is there anyone who can help me to get this summarized book??? "
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    #8WikiSummaries

    WikiSummaries

    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.

    Websites

    Free

    Billy Phillips
    Written on January 29, 2017
    "I like reading. But the thing is, I don't have time to read all the time. Yet my friends started a book club, and I didn't want to be left out of that. That's where WikiSummaries comes in. Like I said, I like reading, but I just don't have the time to do so. Sometimes all you need is a condensed version of a novel, and you're able to discuss it with your buddies."
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    #912min Blog

    12min Blog

    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. 

    Websites

    Free

    Emir Zecovic
    Written on October 29, 2018
    "Because it has more than 1400 book summaries in its arsenal. It's much more thorough than most of the book-summary websites you have listed here. It has great potential and top-notch library, to say the least."
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    #10FreeBookNotes

    FreeBookNotes
    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.
    Websites

    Free

    Tejas Dasgupta
    Written on August 28, 2017
    "I am a student and in my degree I have to read countless books. I enjoy reading, but I don't always have time to go into the detail of every reading. FreeBookNotes is perfect for all of these students who have the same problem, as it offers summaries and varied studies of thousands of books."
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    #11A random quote

    A 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.

    Websites

    Free

    Kevin Hansen
    Written on May 19, 2017
    "I like non-fiction books, but the current offer is so wide that when I go to the bookstore I have a hard time deciding what to buy. This is when A Random Quote, a site capable of summarizing a book... with 5 quotes! The quality of the abstracts is more than acceptable and has allowed me to get my latest acquisitions right. "
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    #12BookSummaries.me

    BookSummaries.me

    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. 

    Websites

    Free

    Matilda Omenogor
    Written on October 19, 2018
    "This site offers a refreshing take on book summaries. Being a highly visual person, I love how they blend the normal run of the mill text summaries with a video summary where someone explains the book in details. Definitely worth a try."
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    #13ReadinGraphics

    ReadinGraphics
    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.
    Websites

    $19.97- $169.70

    Gregory Franklin
    Written on June 25, 2018
    "As a new entrepreneur in the business world, this website has helped me a lot to get tons of knowledge that I needed to learn more about business flow. I especially love their audio files and infographics. Now, I must say that I am a happy and satisfied subscriber!"
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    #14The Power Moves

    The 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. 

    Websites

    Free

    Mara Esse
    Written on March 14, 2019
    "You can sort and pick by rating and category. It has hundreds of free summaries and very in-depth, intelligent reviews."
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    #15MBReads

    MBReads

    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.

    Websites

    Free

    Erika Villalobos
    Written on May 16, 2019
    "Seems like a blog site to me but it actually has good summaries that seem legit as a resource and a summary website for books. Give it a try"
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    #16Durmonski.com

    Durmonski.com

    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.

    Websites

    Free

    Ivaylo Durmonski
    Written on March 26, 2019
    "Slick design. Personal. Book notes written by a real human. In under 10 minutes, you can get the key takeaways from best-selling books on the market. It's highly recommended for busy people trying to learn more from big books."

Summary

Best What are the best book summary websites
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1BlinkistWebsites 20 Free
2SparkNotesWebsites 18 Free
3GetFlashNotesWebsites 16 Paid
4Actionable BooksWebsites 15 Free
5getAbstractWebsites 15 Free
6eNotesWebsites 14 Free
7Four Minute BooksWebsites 12 Free
8WikiSummariesWebsites 10 Free
912min BlogWebsites 8 Free
10FreeBookNotesWebsites 8 Free
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