If you are looking for the best free book summary websites, you have found the best page.
My name is Lucio.
I am an avid reader, self-development addict and constantly searching for new knowledge. I write lots of summaries myself, and I love taking a look at around the web to see what other readers think.
In this post I will analyze the best book summary websites available as of 2019.
Nuggets is both a website and an app available on both Android and iPhone. It’s the only channel in this best book summary websites which focuses on quotes.
- The quotes lovers among us appreciate it
- Often includes a a free audiobook summary
- The content sometimes plays second fiddle to the quotes
- Not standardized it can be quotes, bullet points, or collection of small paragraphs
6. Paul Minors
When Paul has summarized a book that I am interested in, he’s usually the guy I turn to.
Which possibly makes it my favorite resource of free book summaries online.
- Detailed, in-depth summaries
- Summaries follow the books’ chapters structure
- A few typos here and there
5. Four Minutes Books
Some free book summary websites have a smaller selection, and that’s why paid book summary services such as Blinkist can exist as profitable businesses -also check my Blinkist review here-.
When it comes to quantity, Four Minute Books tries to keep a weekly schedule of new books and his list is the second longest list (the longest free book summaries list is here).
Niklas summarizes books into 3 major takeaways for each book. No more, no less.
If you want a quick sneak peek into a book you’re interested in, this might be a good starting point.
- One of the largest collections on the web of free book summaries
- Niklas seems like a cool, good spirited person
- The book summaries are often summaries of Blinkist summaries, so it’s actually a summary of a summary
- 3 points for each book is an interesting effort to standardize the format. My first thought though was that some books need more than 3 takeaways (and some won’t even ened 3 🙂
4. Brian Johnson
Brian Johnson has been running a Youtube channel and it’s refreshing to see a human being speak as he delivers some great free book summaries.
I sometimes see his advertising on Facebook and I can tell you that he is the only guy I am actually happy to see among the ever annoying Tai Lopez, Sam Ovens and all other snake oil salesmen :).
- Happy, knowledgeable guy
- High quality free book summaries
- Blackboard style feels like a free online university
- Book summaries are not structured along the books’ TOC
- There is no critical review and double checking of books’ content
3. Fight Mediocrity
Fight Mediocrity is a Youtube channel chock full of free book summaries which he shares in short and sweet video drawings.
This is a top pick in my best book summary websites because of the uniqueness of the videos. He often shares interesting and relatable stories of how the books apply in his own personal life.
- Personal, relatable summaries
- Sometimes sharing his own life takes time away from good wisdom in the book.
One smart man once said:
A picture is worth a thousand words
Isn’t that true?
Well, often it is.
But unluckily books are all about text. Or… Are they?
Because ReadinGraphics set out to just change that.
ReadingGRaphics is the best infographic book summary website to mix pictures, content and data.
If you think that pictures can help you learn, check out here ReadingGraphics subscription plans (it’s an affiliate link, meaning that if you subscribe I will get a small commission at no costs for you).
- Unique style
- A picture is worth a thousand words: perfect for some types of books
- Certain types of books are more difficult to summarize with infographics.
1. The Power Moves
The Power Moves writes summaries from the perspective of a guy who’s passionate about getting wiser and takes knowledge seriously.
It categorizes the book summaries into genres which allows the readers to dig deeper into a subject in a matter of hours.
Since March 2019, you can sort both by category and by star rating.
It was a vision and dream of mine and it’s now live here:
I shouldn’t say this in public, but the truth is that you can use that page to sort through the many space-filler books (2 and 3 stars) and focus on the very best of the best (5 stars).
What I am most proud in my summaries is the highly critical approach I have for every book (or course) I review.
Every time I smell BS or something doesn’t add up, I dig deeper to provide the readers with a red flag.
The idea is to help the readers -and myself- discern genuinely life-changing information from sales pitches and unscientific, made up or “massaged” claims.
- Links summaries to other related summaries and resources
- The free book summaries are part of a people’s skills blog, cross-referencing each other
- Critical, “no holds barred” reviews help readers to put the authors’ claims in perspective
- Sometimes typos as articles are not always proof-read
- Weighs in with quite a bit of personal opinion, which some might not like
I love good summaries (and I stress good), because they save some money and, most of all, lots of time.
Since there is a lot of freely available information, I don’t usually recommend paid options such as Blinkist.
However, for serious knowledge acquisition, I recommend you read the best books in their original form. And I recommend that you read them strategically.