* Unlimited FREE Book Summaries of Bestsellers & New Releases
* Featured #1 by Apple, Google, and The Guardian worldwide
* Top 10 in 80+ countries with 0 paid ads

"[StoryShots is] very clever" - Dr. Steven Pinker
Crowned As The #1 Alternative to Blinkist 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 300+ 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 of 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 from inside the app or get the audiobook for free on Audible.


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.


The book covers are downloaded from Amazon. StoryShots is an affiliate of Audible and Amazon. Affiliate commissions from the sales of the books support our free tier.

StoryShots is 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, note-taking, etc. To get the subscription, go to the side menu and tap on Get premium benefits.

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 the app, you agree to our Terms of Use & Privacy Policy

What’s New

Version 1.9.950

We're bringing you desktop support, picture-in-picture and video background playback support, two critical bug fixes, improved affiliate/referral support, and exciting new books:

* You asked for it and we listened! We have now added support for reading on desktop/web. Access it under the Read button on the book page or sign in to our website.
* We added support for picture-in-picture and video playback in the background for video shots on iPhone
* We crushed a nasty bug that causes the video to lose sound when using AirPlay, CarPlay, or switching between audio and video players
* We fixed another bug that causes lifetime premium members to get promotional push notifications
* We added and updated Thinking, Fast and Slow, Ultralearning, and Who Will Cry When You Die?.

Got feedback or need help? Contact us at (preferably from inside the app.)
Love the app? Please write us a review to help us grow and improve it for you! Even a few words will go a long way.

Don't miss out on new books by following us on social media, signing up for our newsletter, and allowing notifications in the app.

Previous releases:
* Fixed a critical bug that showed "book not found" for main text shots after updating the app
* Simplified the UI of Read for premium members to make sure they don't see ads
* Added a link to our affiliate program in the side menu
* Other minor improvements and bug fixes
* Added two of your most requested features, i.e. sleep timer and PDF / Send to Kindle support for all books
* Apple featured StoryShots on both iPadOS and iOS in 14 countries!'
* Fixed a bug that caused offline mode to give a "Book not found" error
* Removed New Year. New Opportunities category
* Fixed a bug that caused the miniplayer on the serendipity feed not to go away even if the audio shot had reached the end
* Google featured StoryShots in 175 countries. Thank you for spreading the word to your network.

Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
839 Ratings

839 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.

KD base ,

Rockstar app save time and learn faster

This app rocks, perfect complement and learning guide to many of the major non-fiction self improvement books and more of course :). When I first downloaded the app 10 of the initial 20 books were ones that I’ve already read/listened to on Audiobook. StoryShots consolidates all the main lessons from the books and let’s you learn based on your preferred style (auditory, visual or written) and it’s free!!!!!!

Developer Response ,

Thanks a lot for your 5-star review!

Mr. Bartoloco ,

Best app I’ve downloaded, possibly ever!

I’m not one for hyperbole, but I’ve been using this app non-stop since I got it. I never listened to audiobooks before, and now I’m totally into them. A huge selection of great titles, they add more all the time. One small qualm is I wish I had the option to hide titles I have no interest in (certain political titles). Keep up the great work!

Developer Response ,

Thanks a ton for your review!

We'll look into the hiding option. If you'd like to discuss more details or provide more feedback, feel free to reach us at

App Privacy

The developer, Parsida, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Not Linked to You

The following data may be collected but it is not linked to your identity:

  • Purchases
  • Contact Info
  • User Content
  • Identifiers
  • Usage Data
  • Diagnostics

Privacy practices may vary, for example, based on the features you use or your age. Learn More


  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

You May Also Like