Shortform 12+

World's Best Book Summaries

Shortform Inc.

Designed for iPad

    • 4.2 • 201 Ratings
    • Free



Join thousands of curious Shortform readers to get smarter, faster.

Get the highest quality book summaries and analyses available in the world. Shortform summaries contain the book's key ideas, plus analysis comparing those ideas to other books.

Remember the key lessons from books you’ve read, and discover new books you need to read.

Reinforce the key lessons with interactive exercises that challenge you to reflect on your past and improve your life.

Trust in writer quality. Shortform summaries are written by professional authors, PhD’s, and Ivy League graduates.

Check out Shortform summaries of this week’s NY Times bestsellers:
• Sapiens, by Yuval Harari
• Educated, by Tara Westover
• Born a Crime, by Trevor Noah
• Why We Sleep, by Matthew Walker
• 12 Rules for Life, by Jordan Peterson

Check out Shortform summaries of these all-time classics:
• How to Win Friends and Influence People, by Dale Carnegie
• Thinking, Fast and Slow, by Daniel Kahneman
• The 48 Laws of Power, by Robert Greene
• The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, by Stephen Covey


• Quick 1-page summaries to understand the book at a glance

• Chapter-by-chapter comprehensive summaries and analysis

• 550% more ideas covered than other services

• Audio narrations so you can learn on the go

• #1 Bestsellers and all-time classic books

• Interactive exercises to apply the key lessons to your life

• Highlight your favorite passages and take notes

• Share key points with friends and co-workers

• 18 book categories, including Business, Health, Self-Improvement, History, and more

• Printable PDF downloads for your reading convenience

• Offline mode to read without Internet

• Features coming soon: publishing feed, reading tracker, and more...


"Shortform has by far the best book guides available anywhere. They cover key points and have much more original analysis and content than other summaries.” -- Andy T.

"You guys really hit it out of the park with this summary! I’ve never seen such a complete yet concise summary of this book. The exercises are perfect – not overwhelming or meager, but just right. Thanks for making me smarter every day." -- Stacey M.

“If real books are like fine wine, and book summaries are box wine, Shortform is 100-proof vodka.” -- Gregg P.


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What’s New

Version 5.4.0

Removed menu that conflicted with highlights menu.

Ratings and Reviews

4.2 out of 5
201 Ratings

201 Ratings

Danielappleswag ,

Great app, but add in app purchases!

As a person who doesn’t have access to a credit card as much, the option to buy a subscription through in app purchase (even if it would bump up the price due to apple tax) would be appreciated!

mikedowney ,

Fantastic content, poorly designed and buggy app

This app needs a major overhaul. It’s hurting their business. It’s buggy, crashes, and features just stop working. Ex: I clicked the “skip ahead” button while listening to audio and the screen turned from light mode to dark mode while the audio was unchanged. Sometimes the audio stops after you lock your screen, sometimes it doesn’t.

As far as the design, the default screen has a search box but it only searches content you’ve already put in your library. It should search for new books/articles by default. That’s what people are most likely to look for. The audio playback is a mess. I can’t scrub the timeline. The skip back/ahead buttons don’t tell me by how much or let me adjust the time interval. I can’t view a list of chapters and move between them from the audio controls. I have to back out of them. Clicking the next chapter/previous chapter buttons yield unpredictable results.

The app needs a lot of work.

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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