Shortform Summaries

Our summaries are the best in the world. Here's why.

How We Craft Our Summaries

High-quality work doesn't happen by accident. We write the world's best summaries using our 5 Shortform principles:

1) Be Comprehensive

Our goal is to capture the book's key information in a fraction of the length. We cover every idea worth knowing.

Most other summaries skim along the surface, giving a rough sense of the book without effectively communicating the ideas. We find these too high-level to be useful. The ideas don't stick.

Great ideas deserve detail. They can't be reduced to just one sentence. They benefit from nuance, key examples, and even updates beyond the original book. We treat every book with comprehensive care so you truly learn ideas worth knowing.

2) Be Faithful to the Author

Our job is to communicate what the author said in the book. You're not interested in our opinion - you want to hear what the author has to say.

We are unfailingly faithful to the author, even if we disagree with parts of the book. And our team of PhD and Ivy League grad writers research every book to make sure we're accurate. We've even had best-selling authors thank us for helping spread their ideas to the world.

Anywhere we depart from what the original book said, we mark it as a Shortform Note.

3) Respect the Reader's Time

Your time is valuable, and you want to learn more in less time. We respect that and try to make every word, every sentence deserve your attention.

Readers use Shortform to learn important ideas efficiently. Our summaries contain zero fluff and are carefully crafted to convey information as effectively as possible.

4) Reorganize for Clarity

Writers sometimes take meandering paths to get to their point. They start by telling a story, then share one idea, then go back to the story, then bounce around more ideas. This can make the logic difficult to understand.

Instead, we bring the key ideas front and center. All Shortform summaries are intelligently reorganized to be easily understandable and logically compelling. Use Shortform as a supplement for complicated, challenging material.

5) Be Actionable

We know that the point of reading is often to improve your life. We create critical actionables for each book and show how to make them work in your life.

We then convert the ideas into interactive exercises, where you can answer thought-provoking questions about how to make the book's ideas work for you.


Comparison with Competitors

Here's how we stack up for all-time bestseller How to Win Friends and Influence People:

ShortformCompetitor 1Competitor 2
# of Unique Ideas62119
% of Book's Ideas Covered91%16%13%
Covers Every Chapter
Checklist of Top Actionables
Interactive Exercises
Discussion Community
# of Unique Ideas
Shortform62
Competitor 111
Competitor 29
% of Book's Ideas Covered
Shortform91%
Competitor 116%
Competitor 213%
Covers Every Chapter
Shortform
Competitor 1
Competitor 2
Checklist of Top Actionables
Shortform
Competitor 1
Competitor 2
Interactive Exercises
Shortform
Competitor 1
Competitor 2
Discussion Community
Shortform
Competitor 1
Competitor 2

What Our Readers Say

"Shortform summaries are the best supplement to the original books that I've ever seen. I've read a lot of other book summaries, and it's not even close. I trust Shortform's summary the most, every single time. You guys are the best.

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