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What are the best book summary websites?

Which book summary websites are worth the time? Are any of the paid sites worth the money?

Dillan DiNardo
Dillan DiNardo, Managing Editor at

The full list with details is below, but here is my personal opinion of where you should start:

1. Deconstructing Excellence: Start here if you don’t have a particular book in mind. Summaries are free, detailed, and high quality, and they incorporate other books and online resources related to the authors’ points.

2. Actionable Books & Derek Sivers: Check out these two sites next if you don’t have a particular book in mind. Actionable Books is user-friendly but not comprehensive; Derek Sivers’ site is free-form notes rather than a summary, but contains a great deal of detail.

3. Blinkist: My top choice for anyone who is willing to subscribe to a paid service. Large selection, very user friendly, high quality content, and by far the least expensive of all the paid options.

4. Farnam Street: A blog by Shane Parrish with excerpts from various books. This isn’t really a book summary site, but I would assume the goal of most book summary readers is to learn the insights from various books as efficiently as possible. Farnam Street is one of the best ways to do just that.

See below for details on 17 different book summary sites, so you can decide which one works best for your needs. Each one has its own pros and cons, varying in price, number of summaries available, summary length and detail, summary format (written/audio/video), and so on.

Details & Other Options (Free, Paid, and Related)

Free sites:

Deconstructing Excellence: Summaries are 8 – 12 pages long, on average. Each summary is also interspersed with references and links to similar content from other sources about the author’s points. Here are a few examples:



BOOKS | Derek Sivers: Derek Sivers posts his notes on each book he reads. They are free form notes, as opposed to a summary format, but there are a large number of books covered.


Actionable Books: Large selection, well organized, but less detail. Each summary has a few “gems” from the book, but doesn’t usually give you the full story.


WikiSummaries: Medium selection, variety of genres. Anyone can edit, so quality is a bit variable.


Book Video Club: Five-minute VideoScribe videos. The compressed time frame and video format means that you won’t get as much detail, but the videos are well-done and will give you the main points.

Paid sites:


Blinkist: $40/year. Very user-friendly format.

GetFlashNotes: $29/month. You also get two free summaries up front, and it’s $1 for the first month. $29.99/month or $299.99/year. Includes written summary, audio, and video.


Soundview Executive Book Summaries: Annual subscriptions run from $99 to $229 for various combinations of features.

Knowlla: Animated video summaries for $27/month or $250/year. $69 for six months, $99/year, or $9.95 for each individual summary. Database of 2,300 summaries. $130 for two summaries per month, including five minute videos. Various other plans up to $695 for immediate access to up to 200 additional summaries. Several different pricing plans, but it ends up being $2 – $3 per summary. You can see their complete catalog here. Also has several different pricing plans; I’m guessing most people go with the $179 for six months option. You can search Amazon and buy book summaries individually (usually $1 – $3), or subscribe to Kindle Unlimited for $9.99/month and get some of them without paying any extra.

Related (and free):


Farnam Street: Excerpts from related books revolving around similar insights. One of my favorite sites.

Brain Pickings: Diverse variety of subjects – fiction, romance, literature, history, etc.

25 Popular Business Books Summarized In One Sentence Each


To save you time and money, we’ve distilled 25 of the greatest business books down to their primary insights. We’ve captured critical advice across a variety of topics, from how to lead a major company to how to thrive in your career. If you want to bone up on your business theory, here are the central lessons — and a great way to begin a reading list.


The 4-Hour Workweek Quotes



The 4-Hour Workweek The 4-Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss

The 4-Hour Workweek Quotes
“Someday” is a disease that will take your dreams to the grave with you.”
Timothy Ferriss, The 4-Hour Workweek
“If you spend your time, worth $20-25 per hour, doing something that someone else will do for $10 per hour, it’s simply a poor use of resources.”
Timothy Ferriss, The 4-Hour Workweek
“Never automate something that can be eliminated, and never delegate something that can be automated or streamlined. Otherwise, you waste someone else’s time instead of your own, which now wastes your hard-earned cash. How’s that for incentive to be effective and efficient?”
Timothy Ferriss, The 4-Hour Workweek
“The golden years become lower-middle-class life revisited. That’s a bittersweet ending.”
Timothy Ferriss, The 4-Hour Workweek
“Learn to be difficult when it counts”
Timothy Ferriss, The 4-Hour Workweek
“Doing something unimportant well does not make it important.”
Timothy Ferriss, The 4-Hour Workweek
“I will take as a given that, for most people, somewhere between six and seven billion of them, the perfect job is the one that takes the least time.”
Timothy Ferriss, The 4 Hour Workweek, Expanded And Updated: Expanded And Updated, With Over 100 New Pages Of Cutting Edge Content.
“It is predicated on the assumption that you dislike what you are doing during the most physically capable years of your life. This is a nonstarter—nothing can justify that sacrifice.”
Timothy Ferriss, The 4-Hour Workweek
“By using money as the scapegoat and work as our all-consuming routine, we are able to conveniently disallow ourselves to do otherwise: ‘John, I’d love to talk about the gaping void I feel in my life, the hopelessness that hits me like a punch in the eye every time I start my computer in the morning, but I have so much work to do! I’ve got at least three hours of unimportant email to reply to before calling prospects who said ‘no’ yesterday. Gotta run!”
Timothy Ferriss, The 4-Hour Workweek
“If you let pride stop you, you will hate life”
Timothy Ferriss, The 4-Hour Workweek
“Simon received the Nobel Prize in 1978 for his contribution to organizational decision making: It is impossible to have perfect and complete information at any given time to make a decision.”
Timothy Ferriss, The 4-Hour Workweek
“People are fond of using the its not what you know, its who you know adage as an excuse for inaction, as if all successful people are born with powerful friends. Nonsense.”
Timothy Ferriss, The 4-Hour Work Week: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich
“Pareto’s Law can be summarized as follows: 80% of the outputs
result from 20% of the inputs.”
Timothy Ferriss, The 4-Hour Workweek
“The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man. —GEORGE BERNARD SHAW, Maxims for Revolutionists”
Timothy Ferriss, The 4 Hour Workweek, Expanded And Updated: Expanded And Updated, With Over 100 New Pages Of Cutting Edge Content.
“Sports just happen to be excellent for avoiding foreign-language stage fright and developing lasting friendships while still sounding like Tarzan.”
Timothy Ferriss, The 4-Hour Workweek
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