StoryShots: Book Summaries 17+

Audiobooks, Shortform Learning


    • 4.7 • 1.1K Ratings
    • Free
    • Offers In-App Purchases



* Unlimited FREE Book Summaries of Bestsellers & New Releases
* Featured #1 by Apple, Google, and The Guardian
* 4.7 Global Rating from 8000+ Users

"[StoryShots is] very clever" - Steven Pinker, Harvard Professor
Crowned one of the world's best learning apps by The Guardian


Nothing replaces reading a great book cover-to-cover. But have you ever left one unfinished? Instead, use StoryShots to learn or review the key takeaways of bestselling nonfiction books in minutes; instead of hours or never.


Enjoy the key takeaways of 400+ bestsellers for free.


Some people like to read. Some like to listen. Others like to watch an animation. You can do all three with StoryShots for every book!


Do you prefer to read on the desktop, Kindle or your Kobo device? We've got you covered.


The key takeaways from each book are on average 15 minutes long. Stop feeling guilty about the books that are gathering dust on your bookshelf. At the very least, learn their key ideas or review the key lessons of the ones you've managed to read.


The books fall into these categories: business, entrepreneurship, management, leadership, self-improvement, productivity, psychology, habits, health, investing, economics, marketing, sales, history, philosophy, science, mindfulness, happiness, dating, and relationships.

StoryShots™ is for you if you:

* want to challenge yourself to read more
* are a visual learner and prefer to watch a video or animation
* feel guilty about not reading a recommended book
* can't get through your growing stack of must-read books
* want to be more efficient and productive by learning on the go
* get frustrated when an author repeats the same concept over and over
* need to learn the big ideas of a book before attending an event or walking into a meeting
* want to review the key takeaways of a bestseller you've read before

The key ideas are either our original content or handpicked from thousands of YouTube channels, podcasts, and blogs. We curate so you don't have to.


Download the app now and discover your next life-changing book.


Did you find a book that piqued your interest? You can conveniently order the book or get the audiobook for free on Amazon from inside the app.


We have content in 18 languages.


We want to make the core lessons of the world's best books accessible to EVERYONE, regardless of their budget, time, and learning preference.


StoryShots is an Amazon Associates Program affiliate and can therefore download the book covers. We encourage our users to purchase the full versions of the books as our analyses can only scratch the surface. Commissions earned from these sales support our social impact mission.

StoryShots is named an alternative to Blinkist and Scribd.


StoryShots offers a free version with a monthly, annual and one-time premium subscription for offline downloads. not displaying ads, highlighting, etc. To get the subscription, visit the Premium screen.

If you choose to subscribe, you will be charged an annual subscription fee according to your country. The subscription fee will be shown in the app before you complete the payment. Your subscription will automatically renew at the end of each subscription term unless auto-renewal is turned off at least 24 hours before the end of the term. Subscription renewals cost the same as the original subscription, and your credit card will be charged through your iTunes account at confirmation of purchase.

You may manage your subscription and turn off auto-renewal at any time after purchase by going to your iTunes Account Settings. Refunds will not be given for any unused portion of the term.

By using our service, you agree to our Terms of Use & Privacy Policy

What’s New

Version 2.2.7

This release includes minor bug fixes, easier access to our text shots in other languages, and a new category called “Too many options? Start here” under the Discover screen.

Please contact our support at (ideally from under Settings) to give us feedback and report any new bugs/issues you may encounter. The more constructive feedback we get, the faster we can improve the app for you.
Love StoryShots? Please write us a review to help us grow and improve it for everyone! Even a few words will go a long way.

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OUR RECENT BIG UPDATE: We’re proud to present to you an all-new StoryShots! We’ve revamped the app based on your feedback. Here are the major new changes that will help take your learning to the next level:

1. We created a new, better-organized screen for search and categories to make it easier and faster for you to discover new life-changing books.
2. We also added a dedicated beautiful screen for your Bookshelf to make it more convenient to access your favorites, audio downloads, completed books, and audio shots in progress.
3. We moved the side menu to a separate screen called Settings to make it easier for you to contact our support, upvote new books, features, and more.
4. We have created a new Premium screen for you to gift lifetime access or upgrade your membership.
5. A whole bunch of minor bugs and crashes are now history.
6. This redesign has made the app snappier in a bunch of places but esp. the Discover and Bookshelf screens.
7. Infographics/mindmaps now have a dedicated category under the new Discover screen.
8. Delete all your downloads, favorites and more from the Bookshelf
9. Added favorite books of Jeff Bezos, Arianna Huffington, Ryan Holiday, Richard Branson, Jack Dorsey and Jocko Willink
10. Improved the Resume feature under the Bookshelf in this release. Now, when you open the text, audio, or video shot, it will be automatically added to your Resume list. This even applies to infographics, long audio/video shots, full audiobooks and ebooks. This allows you to pick up where you left off more easily.
11. Translated all our text shots on our website to German, Portuguese, Spanish, French, Italian and Swedish.

Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
1.1K Ratings

1.1K Ratings

Brian_888 ,

Terrible with A Book Not Found bug

Unlocking the premium in the hope for insight into the books. But this A Book Not Found bug has been reoccurring all the time for way too long and the developers do not have time to address the problem. New update mentioned to fix this but still the same. Updated: 25 Mar 2021. I just updated the app to its newest version and try a couple of books and the bug is still there. E.a: 12 Rules For Life by Jordan B. Peterson.

Update: everything works like it’s supposed to. And it’s great!

Developer Response ,

Thanks a ton for updating your review, Brian! Positive 5-star reviews help us grow and improve StoryShots for everyone. If you run into any other issues, feel free to contact our support at for faster service.

ToonRPGGamer ,

Learn the 7 Habits in 20 Minutes

You’re never going to read all those important books on your shelf. Now you don’t have to. Most audiobooks are completed in 20 minutes. Use “Limitless” StoryShot for any books not yet available to help you speed read your physical book collection. Check these audiobooks out on the StoryShots podcast for free, no risk!

Developer Response ,

Thanks a ton for your supportive and 5-star review, ToonRPGGamer! Positive reviews like yours help us grow and improve the app for everyone! If you have any other thoughts or questions, don't hesitate to contact our support at

jayshukes ,

mostly satisfied, but needs work

I have enjoyed quite a few book summaries on the app, and the overall selection of titles is impressive. However, some of the “main shot” summaries feel like some random person’s biased opinion of the content instead of an actual book synopsis. I hope the administrators will work on keeping the content true to the books being reviewed and less of the opinionated rants I’ve come across.

Developer Response ,

Thanks for your feedback, Jayshukes. Kindly rate the content inside the app or email us at to report content that needs improvement and we'll look into improving it for you.

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