Sometimes we find out about apps the second they are released, but this is not one of those times.
Instaread first came out in June of last year, and there was some decent buzz around it, but it’s only in the past two weeks that Seth has been blowing its horn around the office.
He’s a busy man, and if I’m honest most of us struggle to find the time to read a book. Of course that doesn’t stop people telling you which books you just have to read, darling, which is why Instaread hits the spot.
Get to the bottom of a book in 30 minutes, and get that co-worker to back off by rattling off the book’s top talking points – winning.
Instaread wants to help by delivering the major takeaways for hundreds of NYT bestsellers in 30-minute increments. Think CliffsNotes for adults (or wannabe adults)…
Instead of compulsively buying books to pile next to your bed, you can get expanded back-cover synopses complete with thematic takeaways to help you focus your reading list. You’ll even have the choice of reading or listening to each 30-minute summary for ultimate convenience.
Reading or listening, which makes it the perfect way to knock another book off your list whilst slogging through the traffic.
Via the Instaread website, these are the key selling points:
Instantly unlock the knowledge contained in the world’s best nonfiction books.
Experts read & extract key insights. 6000+ insights from 600+ books. New titles added constantly.
Oh, yeah, we should mention it’s nonfiction only.
Sorry, but you’ll have to read ‘Shantaram’ yourself.
Oh, the other bummer is that you have to pay for the service, although they do offer a free trial so you can take it for a spin first.
Use it, don’t use it – you can find all the deets on the app here.
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