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jcrob96 ,

Worthless Idea and App

This is maybe the most pointless, or most blatantly money-grabbing app I’ve maybe ever seen in this space. They’re just stealing sales from real authors and publishers by offering book reports on their books. How is this even legal? If I were one of the publishers, I would have a real lawsuit claim that these guys are trying to steal my sales. The whole premise of this app is to read their book reports versus buying the book. And the book reports are so dry they’re barely readable. Sorry, but you shouldn’t waste your time with this free app, let alone actually pay money for a subscription. Give your money to the real authors that actually came up with an original idea in the first place.

Developer Response ,

Hi there - we totally agree that our book summaries are not replacements or substitutes for the original book. Our customers read our guides to augment their understanding of books they've already read - we draw out the main points and help people review the author's ideas. We pay tribute to the authors, feature links to buy the books, and link to the authors' published guides and websites. We've had many authors approach us to summarize their books, which is testament to the idea that they see services like ours as a way to help their readers.


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