What’s Behind Shortform Summaries
Book Guides

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

High-quality work doesn't happen by accident. We write the world's best book guides 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, and we give all ideas the detail and nuance they deserve.

1. Write Simply and Logically

We take complicated ideas and explain them in simple ways. We reorganize extensively for coherency and crystal-clear logic. You’ll learn the ideas better than ever.

2. Be Faithful to the Author

2. Be Objective and Unbiased

Our job is to communicate what’s in the book, not our personal opinion. Our expert writers research every book extensively to ensure accuracy. Best-selling writers even thank us for spreading their ideas.

We strive for complete objectivity, representing ideas accurately without personal bias. We share a spectrum of viewpoints and let you make up your own mind.

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. We write zero fluff and craft information deliberately.

3. Expand Beyond the Book

We add smart analysis you won’t find anywhere else, connecting ideas in one book to ideas in other books and discussing key updates since the book was published. You’ll understand books better than ever.

4. Reorganize for Clarity

Book authors can take meandering paths to get to their point. We bring the big ideas front and center for better understanding and forceful, compelling logic.

4. Be Actionable

The point of reading is often to improve your life. We create critical actionables and interactive exercises for each book, so you can make the book’s key lessons work for you.

5. Be Actionable

The point of reading is often to improve your life. We create critical actionables and interactive exercises for each book, so you can make the book’s key lessons work for you.

5. Respect the Reader's Time

Your time is valuable, and you want to learn efficiently. We respect that and make every word, every sentence deserve your attention. We write zero fluff and craft information deliberately.

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How Shortform Compares to Competitors

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

FeaturesShortFormCompetitor 1Competitor 2
# of Unique Ideas# of Ideas and Insights62119
% of Book's Ideas Covered91%16%13%
Original Themes and Examples
Covers Every Chapter
Checklist of Top Actionables
Expert Commentary and Analysis
Interactive Exercises
Discussion Community
# of Unique Ideas# of Ideas and Insights
ShortFormCompetitor 1Competitor 2
62119
% of Book's Ideas CoveredOriginal Themes and Examples
ShortFormCompetitor 1Competitor 2
91%91%13%
Covers Every Chapter Checklist of Top Actionables
ShortFormCompetitor 1Competitor 2
Checklist of Top ActionablesExpert Commentary and Analysis
ShortFormCompetitor 1Competitor 2
Interactive Exercises
ShortFormCompetitor 1Competitor 2
Discussion Community
ShortFormCompetitor 1Competitor 2
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I appreciate your careful approach to book summaries—one that aims for a high quality hand-crafted result instead of a mediocre one that scales. Please keep up the good work and the high bar of quality.
I love the attention that your team has put in—like the one-page summary, the high-level content structure of the book, the headings in a well-organized and coherent hierarchy, the markup for key ideas, and the conciseness without compromising the essence of the content.
I’ve read a dozen of the summaries already—they are extremely well done. Most other services make the summaries too short, and then much of the summary loses the nuances of the original.

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Why People Love
Using Shortform

Join thousands of readers who learn faster than they ever thought possible.

I appreciate your careful approach to your content—one that aims for a high quality hand-crafted result instead of a mediocre one that scales. Please keep up the good work and the high bar of quality.
I love the attention that your team has put in—like the logical organization of ideas, the clear and concise writing, the smart connections you make between books, and the choice of books you cover.
I’ve read a dozen of your book guides already—they are extremely well done. Most other services are too superficial and are a poor way to understand the book. With Shortform I understand the book better than when I first read it.

Darcy Menard

Kannika Khannabha

Tom Lipscomb

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