Stop Summarizing Books

Did the author not make themselves clear?

Was the book so awfully written that we need you to explain what the author failed to articulate?

Summarizing books is a waste of time that works.

It works because we’re getting busier. 200 pages? No time for that. 12 bullet points? Perfect.

And it’s a waste of time because none of your favorite authors summarized books before writing their first bestseller. Instead, they wrote until they wrote their first bestseller.

The point of reading a book is to experience the book through the lenses of your perception. To summarize books is to enable people to take more shortcuts.

Please don’t give me the key takeaways. Tell me why this book is worth the 9 hours it takes to read it.

If you have a counter argument, please, drop a comment and let me know. I love having my mind changed.