The Best Executive Book Summary service is the one you use. Surely, I’m going to tell you about the best ones out there and which one leads the pack, but if you still don’t use it…
Putting Book Summary into Google, the first one that pops up is Soundview Executive Book Summaries. This site has a pretty deep pool of resources, all of which you must pay for. They have membership services, summaries by category, a Summary Store and audio library. Basically, they’re the Amazon of Book Summary sites – but when you get into the meat of it – their summaries are quite long and dramatic. Their summary of John Maxwell’s 360 Degree Leader is 8 pages of text – but no analysis. They do advertise 20 minutes of reading, but it seems more than 20 to me. Plus, summary without analysis seems like half of what you need.
Get Abstract in another services that advertises heavily in Skymall magazine. Each of their summaries are 5 pages – about 10 minutes of reading. I love how their summaries start out: First the list of things you’ll take-away from the book, second what you will learn from the book and then a short recommendation paragraph. That all precedes the summary. On the list GetAbstract is much more user friendly than Soundview.
Finally, the newest member of the club is Go Brevity. This service melds the best of Get Abstract with analysis and video. Rick Raddatz reviews one book per week – though you can listen to any of them whenever you want. In a short 4 – 5 minute video, Rick talks about the take-aways from the book, the high points and summarizes what the author wants you to learn. But the bulk of the video is explaining how you can use this information in your business. Honestly, isn’t that what we really want from these great books of insight anyway?
Of the three Go Brevity combines the short summary, analysis and how you can use the lessons the best. And since reading is what you’re not able to do now – he does it in 4 – 5 minute video segments, with the transcript and printed analysis ready for viewing and download.