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Cheryl has hopes her life will calm down soonish (cherylllr) | 622 comments Mod
A subscriber to blinkist wants to review those 15 min. summaries of non-fiction books, as books.

Thoughts?


Cheryl has hopes her life will calm down soonish (cherylllr) | 622 comments Mod
Here's what I said over there:

What I'd recommend you do is set up a blinkist shelf, shelve the ebook (or, if that doesn't exist, the default) edition, skip the star rating, and mention in your comments that you are / are not interested in reading the whole book, based on this summary.

I might also mentioned something I learned from the book, if I were confident that it would be interpreted the same way if it were taken in context.

And that's the main drawback of summaries like these, Cliff's notes, etc. - you're trusting someone else to decide how much context to give, and what to leave in/ take out.

If there's a non-fiction book I don't want to read in its entirety, I get a copy from the library and skim it myself.


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