This subscription service summarizes bestselling books into 4-minute reads

Learn more in 2021 than you ever have with Four Minute Books.
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Socrates once said, “The only true wisdom is knowing you know nothing,” and these words ring true, even today. Those who are truly intelligent seek more learned experts to educate them in areas where they’re lacking. That’s why you often hear about successful entrepreneurs reading multiple books each month.

Even so, our busy lives can leave us exhausted at the end of the day, so having the time or energy to crack open a book is a luxury. There are methods out there to help you read faster, but if you want to get straight to a book’s main point, Four Minute Books can help.

This subscription service offers a library of more than 800 bestselling books and over 600 audio titles that have been condensed into summaries you can consume in four minutes or less. Each title is summarized into three main takeaways, exposing you to valuable lessons that otherwise may have taken weeks to discover.

The entire library is accessible in either PDF or MP3 format, and you can download the full archive to view or listen on your favorite e-book reader or podcast app. Four Minute Books adds 12 new titles every month, and you can get them automatically by syncing the service with your Dropbox folder.

Four Minute Books’ catalog consists of a wide range of genres, including science, biographies, history, happiness and self-improvement, marketing and sales, and much more. Some noteworthy titles include The 4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss and The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson. With an ever-expanding library, you’re bound to find titles that speak to you.

Powering through your book backlog shouldn’t have to feel like a mountainous task. Four Minute Books makes it easy, and you can choose between three subscription deals to find one that suits you best: