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Each five-page summary is presented in a crisp magazine-page format. You can read it in less than 10 minutes - a short time investment for a big pay-off: all of the book's key ideas. Our no-fluff summaries are logically structured so that you will get the maximum out of your reading time.

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How Our Book Summaries Work

You’re a busy professional and you just don’t have the time to read books from cover to cover. Still, you value the power that comes with knowledge and you want to soak it up. Our book summaries enable you to do this with ease.

At getAbstract, we’ve been creating book summaries for managers and executives since 1999. Our easy-to-read, straightforward format is favored by clients all over the globe who wish to glean vital knowledge from business books without having to read every paragraph. Our clean, well-organized book summaries have proven themselves with such companies as Microsoft, Deutsche Post and SAP. Delivered in electronic format in English, Spanish, German, Chinese, Russian, French and Portuguese, our book summaries contain all the information you need to gain the important concepts from a title without all the fluff you just don’t have the time to read.

getAbstract’s book summaries follow a simple but effective format. Each five-page summary is presented in a crisp, clean format. You can read it in less than 10 minutes – a short time investment for a big payoff. Our business book summaries are designed to ensure you get all of the book’s key ideas. Our no-fluff summaries are logically structured so that you will get the maximum out of your reading time.

Our book summaries include key categories, such as:

Bibliographical information: Our book summaries display the bibliographical information of each book, including its title, author and publishing information.

Taxonomy: Our taxonomy highlights the field into which a particular book summary falls. Our taxonomy includes 12 business categories, including Leadership and Management, Career and Self-Development, and Sales and Marketing.

Take-Aways: These are the 10 most important points of the book, spelled out in a way that is easily digestible.

Rating: We rate each of the titles in our book summary library according to applicability, innovation and style.

What You Will Learn: This section informs tells you what knowledge you will gain from reading the book summary.

Recommendation: This part of the book summary is where we offer our opinion about the titles, and give insight on how a particular title is rated and why.

Abstract: This is the meat of our book summaries and it includes deep but concise information about a book’s important lessons and teaching points. We break everything down so you can read through it and gain the information you need in a few short minutes.

Key quotes: This section pulls a few of the most important quotes from the book so readers feel well-versed in the book’s contents.

About the author: Our executive business book summaries conclude with some biographical information about the author so readers can get a feel for the perspective of a particular title.

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