I'm a regular reader of business books on a variety of different subjects but often wish I had time to read more.

Maybe the solution to this is subscribing to a business book summary service such at GetAbstract (www.getabstract.com). They have a extensive library of 5 page book summaries which convey the main ideas or themes of the full book. Although excellent summaries in their own right you could use them to then make a decision on whether you want to read the whole book – thus avoiding the situation we have all been in where we get 30 pages into a book only to find it isn't delivering the promises made on it's back cover!

The book summaries are delivered electronically on all conventional and mobile devices so can easily be read on the move.

You can find more information about how the subscription service works HERE

As a small aside, a recent post on the getAbstract blog listed down their selection of the "Top 10 Classic Business Books You Must Read" (either in full or using one of their summaries presumably!). I always like lists like this to see how many I have read or for titles that I have never heard of before. Anyway, here are getAbstract's Top 10 business books list :-

  1. The Greatest Salesman in the World by Og Mandino
  2. The Art of the Start by Guy Kawasaki
  3. In Search of Excellence by Thomas J Peters and Robert H Waterman Jnr
  4. Built to Last by Jerry I Porras, Stewart Emery and Mark Thompson
  5. The Art of War by Sun Tzu
  6. Competitive Advantage by Michael E Porter
  7. How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
  8. Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
  9. 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey
  10. The Effecive Executive by Peter Drucker

I only scored 4/10 so I've got a bit more reading to do – maybe I'll go for the 5 page summaries……

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