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Shortform has the world’s best summaries of nonfiction books. Learn the key points of a book in 30 minutes or less. Even better, it helps you apply what you learn.
Why are Shortform Summaries the Best?
We're the most efficient way to learn the most useful ideas from a book.
Cuts Out the Fluff
Ever feel a book rambles on, giving anecdotes that aren't useful? Often get frustrated by an author who doesn't get to the point?
We cut out the fluff, keeping only the most useful examples and ideas. We also re-organize books for clarity, putting the most important principles first, so you can learn faster.
Other summaries give you just a highlight of some of the ideas in a book. We find these too vague to be satisfying.
At Shortform, we want to cover every point worth knowing in the book. Learn nuances, key examples, and critical details on how to apply the ideas.
3 Different Levels of Detail
You want different levels of detail at different times. That's why every book is summarized in three lengths:
1) Paragraph to get the gist
2) 1-page summary, to get the main takeaways
3) Full comprehensive summary and analysis, containing every useful point and example
What Our Readers Say
"Shortform has by far the best book summaries available anywhere. They cover all the key points and are far more detailed than other summaries.
I've compared Shortform summaries to the original books, and every time Shortform is accurate to the original book. I know I'm really learning what the author intended."Learn more about our summaries →
Read the Books Worth Your Time
We cover the world's most popular books, including New York Times #1 bestsellers and universally recommended titles. Read books from categories like:
- Personal Growth & Self-Improvement
- Management & Leadership
- Communication & Relationships
- Health & Well-Being
- Money & Personal Finance
- and 11 more categories
Apply What You Learn
Ever read a book and quickly forget what it was about? We've been there.
That's why every summary has Exercises, with thoughtful open-ended questions inspired by the book. You'll reflect on the past and make plans for your future.
Think of this like exercise for your brain. Because for many books, the goal is to actually improve your life.
Get Great Ideas from Other Readers
Learn alongside a positive, supportive community reading the same books you are. Share your exercises, get feedback, and see how other people are applying the best lessons from the book.
We're all in this together.