Compressed Information

May 2, 2006

getAbstract is a paid service that delivers five-page summaries of business books. 3000 summaries are currently available.
From the FAQ:

A summary is a 5-page compressed summary of the essential ideas in a book. The summary gives you a concise overview of the book’s key points.

Our goal is to give you an overview of the ideas, concepts, and trends in the latest, best business books.

Summaries can be downloaded for three formats: PDF, Palm Reader, eBook  Reader. Alternatively, they can be delivered as email attachments in PDF format. Two free summaries are available for download (email required).

getAbstract’s tagline is “Compressed Knowledge”. The Wikipedia entry for Knowledge starts with the following:

Knowledge is information of which someone is aware. Knowledge is also used to mean the confident understanding of a subject, potentially with the ability to use it for a specific purpose.

Compressed Information would be a more veritable point.

Wouldn’t it be so expensive (unlimited access is US$299/year or US$179/half year, and 30 summaries/year for US$89), it could be a great service to allow people check for the good information in the books before buying.

If you are skeptic, read what Joe Wikert has written about his (positive) experience with getAbstract.

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