Blinklist, a new non-fiction book summary service. I tried the timely Spillover (scientific look at the history and future trajectory of plagues), and got a clear and well structured 4,800 word summary.
The free trial lasts for three days, then it’s $5 a month for a three-month lock-in. I noted:
* You can’t use their save-to-Kindle button, except via the paid version.
* No RSS feed, to alert you to newly added books.
* A moderate amount of dubious bestseller fluff (Jared Diamond, Naomi Klein, Malcolm Gladwell, etc).
* Currently only 40 new books added per month.
* Strong in ‘the latest business buzz’ and popular science books.
* A noticeable liberal/left bias in selection.
* Really ugly line breaks on the text of the website’s catalogue cards.
* No spoken-word versions of the summaries.
* No rider that similarly digests and impartially evaluates all the pertinent criticisms of the book, from the various reviews.
But it’s certainly an interesting business model, and delivers what it promises. I’ll be interested to see if I get totally locked out of the content when my three-day trial expires, or not.