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“Read a page, save the day.”

Hi! I’m Nik, and that’s my one-line motto for life. I’m also the founder of Four Minute Books. Everything we do here serves only two goals:

  1. Help you learn more in less time so you can achieve your dreams and get what you want.
  2. Inspire you to read more no matter how busy you are.

At Four Minute Books, we believe that every minute reading a good book is a minute well spent, and that even the tiny habit of reading a single page a day can make all the difference in the world for your personal growth, happiness, and anything else you hope to achieve in your one life.

We serve this mission, our Just Cause, by publishing the best, free summaries of the world’s greatest books. That’s what we’ve been doing for the past eight years — and it has turned Four Minute Books into the #1 destination for free book summaries on the web.

Whether you’re looking to make more money, be more productive, start a business, build better habits, or become a happier person, there’s a book for that — and we’ll help you find it, learn from it, and then turn it into real, visible change in your life.

This page is the best place to start. Come on, I’ll show you around!

What’s Your Goal? (Personalized Book Recommendations)

Chances are, you’ve landed on Four Minute Books because you’re looking for a certain book that’ll help you accomplish a certain goal. If you tell us what that goal is, we’ll help you get there faster. Try it! It only takes a few taps:


Our Most Popular Summaries (Out of Over 1,200 Titles)

Want to dive straight into our greatest hits? Here’s a selection of 12 of our most read titles of all time, covering a variety of topics. Each one has been read by tens of thousands, some by hundreds of thousands of people. Needless to say, they’ve all stood the test of time. Enjoy!

The Alchemist Book Cover

The Alchemist
by Paulo Coelho

Atomic Habits Summary

Atomic Habits
by James Clear

Thinking Fast And Slow Summary

Thinking Fast and Slow
by Daniel Kahneman

The 48 Laws of Power (1998) Greene - Book 1

The 48 Laws of Power
by Robert Greene

Don Quixote
by Miguel de Cervantes

The Secret

The Secret
by Rhonda Byrne

12 Rules for Life (2018) Peterson Book 2

12 Rules for Life
by Jordan Peterson

The Mountain Is You
by Brianna Wiest

The Most Life-Changing Books #5: The Psychology of Money

The Psychology of Money
by Morgan Housel

The Power of Now
by Eckhart Tolle

The Body Keeps The Score Summary

The Body Keeps the Score
by Bessel van der Kolk

how to talk to anyone

How to Talk to Anyone
by Leil Lowndes

Want to see our full library or browse the latest titles? Sure thing! Use the two buttons below to see our entire index on one page or scroll through our latest bestsellers in a convenient blog format:


Watch & Learn (The Youtube Channel)

Prefer to learn via audio and visuals? No problem! Our Youtube channel has got you covered. For the last 3 years, we’ve published a new, animated book summary every Friday at 2 PM CET (that’s 8 AM EST). That’s over 150 beautifully illustrated and narrated summaries, completely free of charge! And we don’t plan on stopping any time soon.

To start watching our most popular videos in order, simply hit play below:

Like what you see? Use the red button to subscribe, activate the notification bell, and never miss an upload!

Browse Books by Topic (The “Best Of” Lists)

In summarizing over 1,000 books, we inevitably found some hidden gems. As a result, you can now quickly and easily discover the very best books in over 16 categories. For each book, we’ve included the title and cover, our favorite quote, a one-sentence summary, 3 key takeaways, some reasoning as to why you might want to read it, and a link to our summary, of course.

Whether you’re new to reading nonfiction or already know some books in a certain category, these lists will help you pick the best reads in no time, and start learning. Happy discovering!

For the icing on the cake, we even published a mega book list of book lists, including great lists others have made! From bestsellers to highly rated titles to target reader groups, this one has it all.

Oh, and if you’re looking for books by year or author, we’ve also got some lists for those. You can check out our book lists by year or browse our author book lists.

Tools, Reviews & Discounts

As you learn more about our story, you’ll see that Blinkist was an integral part of Four Minute Books from the beginning. Little did we know that we’d end up reviewing and comparing so many book summary apps! Of course, new ones are constantly appearing, and we try to add new reviews somewhat regularly, at least of all the most popular services.

Whether you want a quick overview or a deep dive on one of the following book summary tools, check out our most read review below:

We also compare services against one another, for example Blinkist vs. Headway, and where we can, we try to round up discounts and coupons for you, like for the following services:

Wisdom & Inspiration (The Quote Lists)

I’ve always loved books, and that’s part of the reason why I became a writer. But books give us so much more than just knowledge! They also offer inspiration, creativity, empathy, and so much more. To provide you with all those and then some, I started putting together quote lists around various people, books, and themes.

They’ve quickly become some of our most popular posts. I hope you’ll enjoy them as much as I enjoy nerding out during the process of researching and writing them:

If nothing else, I hope you’ll check out my list of the 365 most famous quotes of all time. That one took months to make, and it’s the only one of its kind that I know of, with all quotes fully verified and properly sourced. Enjoy!

What’s in (Our) Store? (Books, Courses, Lifetime Membership)

Besides finally publishing my own, first two books in 2021 and 2022, I’ve also created one or the other digital product over the years. At Four Minute Books, our flagship offering is our Lifetime Membership, which comes packed with audios for all our summaries, premium PDF versions, real-time updates, free copies of both of my books, and a lot more!

Our reading guide, on the other hand, will make sure you get the most out of every single book and summary you read. Check out some of our top products below, and feel free to browse our store for more:

Never Miss a Thing (Join 100,000+ Newsletter Readers)

Phew, that was a lot of stuff, wasn’t it? There’s so much to discover! How can you keep track of it all? The single-best way to stay up to date on absolutely everything that happens at Four Minute Books, from new summaries to videos, reviews, quote and book lists, and so much more, is to join the free, weekly newsletter.

If you sign up, you’ll get 3 book summaries every Saturday, completely free of charge. Plus news on whatever else we’ve cooked up for you. With over 100,000 subscribers from places like Google, Harvard, and Amazon, you’ll be in great company:

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Four Minute Books on Social Media

Finally, if you feel like it, come say hi on social media! We’re on all the usual channels and then some. Youtube is our most active one, but we’re always thinking about how else we can share our summaries in ways that are interesting and fit the unique context of the many different platforms out there.

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That’s it! You’re all set to start your Four Minute Books journey. If you have any questions, the best way is to join the newsletter and hit reply. Or hit us up on Twitter, I mean X.

Oh, and if you want to learn more about me, our writers, the mission, and how we do things, you can check out our About page.

Thank you for being here, and I’ll talk to you soon. Until then…

Happy reading,

Nik Signature 2023


Last Updated on March 8, 2024