Welcome to Four Minute Books
Learn 3 lessons from the world’s best books in 4 minutes or less
In September 2014, long before his claim to Youtube ad fame, I stumbled across Tai Lopez. His 67 Steps program only cost a $5 flat fee back then.
Whether you like him or not, Tai’s dedication to books is admirable. After completing the program, I couldn’t shake the idea of reading a book a day.
I didn’t have the time or money to read a whole book every day, so I had to get creative. In late 2015, I decided to read a book summary on Blinkist each day, then write my own 3-lesson blog of what I had learned. Eventually, I completed a full year of daily posts.
The result was Four Minute Books, and in that year, I learned two big lessons:
- Reading a whole book each day is a waste of time and energy.
- Learning from a different book each day is a great use of time and energy.
Most non-fiction books are simple ideas wrapped in a lot of pages, but the essence of those books is often worth remembering. If you can look at a different book each day, ask, “What is this about?” and come up with a good answer, you’ll build a lot of knowledge fast.
That’s where the Medium publication for Four Minute Books comes in. Today, we’re proud to offer a massive collection of over 700 free book summaries. I brought on Luke Rowley as a partner, and we release a new book summary every day to our 200,000+ monthly readers and 35,000+ email subscribers.
Starting today, we’ll bring our entire catalog into the Medium Partner Program. Once again, we’ll ask the question: “What is this book about?”
Each summary will be edited, re-structured, and improved from its original version. We’ll stick to our principle of sharing 3 lessons from great non-fiction books, but each article will feel natural to Medium Members and readers.
If you love books, if you enjoy reading, if you’re a passionate learner with too little time, Four Minute Books is for you. Hit follow, and let’s get this show on the road!