The world's best book summaries.

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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 more from books you're reading.

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 understand the author's logic.

Always Comprehensive

Other summaries skim along the surface, barely covering what a book's about. We find these too vague to be satisfying.

At Shortform, we want to cover all of the world's best ideas for you to discover. Learn nuances, key examples, and details on how to apply the ideas to your own life.

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're far more detailed than other summaries and include new updates and research after the book was published.

I read Shortform summaries alongside the original books, and they're incredible resources to get more out of the author's work."

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Learn from 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.

Read Summaries of Top Articles

Shortform is more than just book summaries. We aim to cover every idea worth knowing. That's why we summarize the most interesting articles from leading publications like The New York Times, Harvard Business Review, and The Atlantic.

Get thought-provoking ideas from top writers in bite-sized pieces.

Learn on the Go with Audio

Every Shortform summary has a full audio narration. Listen to the world's best ideas, whereever you go in the world.

Even better, get Shortform offline with our mobile apps on Android and iOS.

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.

Plus More Useful Features

We want to make Shortform your most helpful learning tool. Here's what else we offer:

  • PDF summaries: printable and beautifully formatted
  • Mobile apps for iOS and Android
  • Highlight your favorite passages
  • Take notes on your favorite books
  • 50+ new summaries every week

What Our Readers Say

"I love the idea of exercises with each book. Shortform helps me remember why I read the book in the first place, months down the line."

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