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Summaries of the world's best business books, articles and video talks. Learn more and make better business decisions in less time.

No matter what job you are doing the difference between a real expert and an also ran is current up to date knowledge.

The challenge is finding the time to keep up to date with the latest thinking and ways of working more efficently and effectively.

getAbstract is the tool that will help you be one of the best-read, most expert players on the business scene today.

getAbstract provides you with the best in business knowledge delivered in concise summaries of the latest, sharpest and most relevant books.


Curated library - getAbstract shifts through the thousands of business books that are published eah year to select a curated library of the best.


Adding Value - With thousands to select from it is important that the books, articles, and reports that you read and the talks you listen to are going to add value without taking too much time.


World's Largest - getAbstract is the world’s largest library of business book summaries, as well as summaries of talks and economic reports – and it’s expanding every day.

We select more than 1000 new publications every year, considering any content that is relevant to business: from sales and marketing to strategy, management and economics to career and personal development.


Selection Process - If a book, paper or video passes the initial screening, we give it a preliminary read or watch it. We use a rigorous peer-review process to assign a 1-10 rating to any piece of content we consider. Our rating criteria are applicability, innovation and style. We only summarize publications that earn an overall rating of five or higher to assure the quality of the material.

Up to date - getAbstract receives regular updates on future titles as well as their latest catalogs from publishers. getAbstract also attend book fairs in Europe and North America to keep up-to-date on new releases of relevant business books, and they constantly screen the web for cutting-edge content.


Writers - getAbstract’s summary writers and editors have been published by The Wall Street Journal, Time, Business Week, Reuters and other leading outlets that rely on the same quality we bring to you.

Over 450 publishers, in recognition of the quality of our summaries, have granted getAbstract  licenses to summarize their books.

As Jakob Strobel y Serra, feuilleton editor for Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung says the abstracts created by getAbstract are  "impressively precise, short yet simultaneously deep, little works of art.”


How it works - Each of our summaries or abstracts is formatted using getAbstract’s proven template to maximize knowledge retention. Every summary includes a

  • rating,
  • top take-aways,
  • a full summary, five pages
  • significant quotes,
  • an author biography and other key points


Too Busy to Read a Book? Just 10 minutes - Learn the key points of a book in just 10 minutes. the time it takes to drink a cup of coffee.

Get up to speed on critical business knowledge in a flash! getAbstract offers you the largest online library of business book summaries. We summarize thousands of the latest and most relevant business books, and we compress the information from each title into just five pages.


Business Article Summaries - Cutting-edge knowledge comes in all shapes and sizes – today, authors want to share their ideas with the world as soon as they’re ready, through a variety of channels. That’s why getAbstract summarizes not just books, but all the most important, ground-breaking scientific reports, articles, white papers and publications from think tanks and bloggers around the world.


Economic Report Summaries -The key economic reports, curated with the guidance of The Economist Intelligence Unit, reviewed and compressed into easy-to-digest summaries.


Video Talk Summaries - getAbstract summarizes the most influential business presentations, including TED Talks, on two pages. These summaries identify the latest, most innovative ideas that can help improve your business and foster collaboration.


Categories - the getAbstract libraries are organised into different categories

  • Leadership & Management
  • Strategy
  • Sales & Marketing
  • Finance
  • Human Resources
  • IT, Production & Logistics
  • Career & Self-Development
  • Small Business
  • Economics & Politics
  • Industries
  • Global Business
  • Concepts & Trends

From finance and management to sales and careers, you'll never miss a new idea or a success story you can learn from.


Three Libraries - there are three versions of getAbstract


  • £79 for 12 months
  • Choose 4 book summaries, and we'll send 26 more throughout the year.
  • Formats: PDF, Kindle, ePub, Audio
  • Libraries: Business Books

Gold - best seller

  • £249 for 12 months
  • Unlimited access
  • Formats: PDF, Kindle, ePub, Audio App for iOS, Android, Windows, etc.
  • Libraries: Business Books Business ArticlesVideo Talks


  • £799 for 12 months
  • Unlimited access
  • Formats: PDF, Kindle, ePub, Audio App for iOS, Android, Windows, etc.
  • Libraries: Business Books Business ArticlesVideo Talks Economic Reports


There are also special prices for gift subscriptions and students.

Learning for Anyone, Anytime, Anywhere - As a busy professional moving between home, commute, office, travel and leisure, you need to move between devices with just as much ease. Give yourself a learning tool that travels as easily as you do. Our summaries are accessible through all mobile devices, web browsers, PDFs, streaming audio and MP3 files (*audio not available for all summaries), RSS feeds and podcasts. Mobility and consistent quality access is key, so we offer features such as personal favorites, transportable preferences and corporate reading lists as you change devices, so you won't have to compromise you learning experiences.


Mobile -  With the world’s largest online library of compressed knowledge, easily accessible anywhere, anytime, getAbstract is a leading mobile learning solution. In fact, at least half of the millions of users access getAbstract through their favorite mobile devices.


Multiple Languages - getAbstract summaries are available in English, German, Spanish, Russian, Chinese, French and Portuguese.


Widely used - Companies of all sizes and in all industries including Microsoft, Daimler, Ernst & Young, SAP, Deutsche Post, Audi, Burberry, Chick-fil-A, General Motors, MillerCoors, Novartis, Metro and Credit Suisse,  are offering their employees full access to the getAbstract Library.


Independent selection - getAbstract has a large network of more than 450 publishing partners, publishers, authors or agents. This list includes publishers such as Penguin/Random House, Hachette, McGraw-Hill, John Wiley & Sons, Perseus, Simon & Schuster and many more. But importantly getAbstract is not directly associated with any specific publishing house, so you get a genuinely independent selection of the best books and reports.


Wish List - What else should we summarize?

Do you know of a book, a report, an article or a video getAbstract should summarize?

We constantly screen the web for the latest publications, but there are still things that we may miss – thanks for helping us fill these gaps.


Founded and still owned by entrepreneurs - getAbstract was founded in 1999, the brainchild of three global business executives who saw a growing need for putting more knowledge in people’s hands, in a format they could quickly absorb to stay current.


getAbstract can be customized to fit your learning needs or the learning needs of your team, department or business

Work Place Learning Centre's team of expert learning consultants use

  • (A) alignment,
  • (I) integration and
  • (M) marketing

These strategies will help your organization maximize the benefits of compressed knowledge.


There’s something in the getAbstract library for everyone. The information is structured so that it transitions beautifully to anyone’s individual learning plan.


Regardless of what your employees are working on, the getAbstract library will have something valuable for them.

getAbstract aligns with your organization by:

  • Finding solutions that help you meet strategic objectives
  • Mapping content to fit learning initiatives
  • Establishing book lists for teams, programs and events
  • Balancing varied learning methods to meet employee and group preferences


getAbstract integrates into your technology platforms by:

  • Linking to customized lists
  • Providing access to stand-alone portals
  • Incorporating learning components in your company’s library or on your intranet
  • Offering login options that fit your learning platform, either within our site or behind your firewall


Getting people involved - A Work Place Learning Centre learning consultant will help you promote get Abstract to your employees by:

  • Using internal sponsors to drive momentum
  • Planning launch events and group activities
  • Creating marketing tools, videos and flyers
  • By leveraging the best practices from more than 1,000 corporate clients,  we can create the most effective and enjoyable learning experiences for your people.
  • plugging into your social networks to promote sharing and discussion and accessibility on any device.


Thanks to the careful, individualized attention a Work Place Learning Centre learning consultant can provide, getAbstract has become the most popular learning asset at many leading organizations around the world.

getAbstract can be purchased as a stand-a-lone learning resource or as part of a wider learning programme, such as a professional qualification or learning related to a change project.

There are three versions of getAbstract


  • £79 for 12 months
  • Choose 4 book summaries, and we'll send 26 more throughout the year.
  • Formats: PDF, Kindle, ePub, Audio
  • Libraries: Business Books

Gold - best seller

  • £249 for 12 months
  • Unlimited access
  • Formats: PDF, Kindle, ePub, Audio App for iOS, Android, Windows, etc.
  • Libraries: Business Books Business ArticlesVideo Talks


  • £799 for 12 months
  • Unlimited access
  • Formats: PDF, Kindle, ePub, Audio App for iOS, Android, Windows, etc.
  • Libraries: Business Books Business ArticlesVideo Talks Economic Reports


Student – £55 for six months

getAbstract empowers students to learn easily and efficiently – just the way top executives do – by providing access to knowledge from the most influential business leaders and authors.

getAbstract intelligently compresses relevant information into concise summaries.

You can read getAbstract summaries in less than ten minutes on your PC, smartphone, tablet or e-reader.

The getabstract library offers more than 10,000 summaries of business books, video talks and business articles in seven different languages – and more than 100 new summaries are added every month.

Topics range from leadership, strategy, marketing and innovation to career and personal development.

With the getAbstract Subscription, you get instant and unlimited access to the entire business library at a special price of £55 – only available to students.

Student subscription includes:

  • Instant and unlimited access to getAbstract’s libraries of business books, video talks and business articles
  • Weekly summary via e-mail, app or e-reader, selected according to your personal profile
  • More than 100 brand-new summaries every month
  • Full access to our growing list of audio summaries

The Student Subscription is only available with a valid student ID.


Make getAbstract a gift

With a gift subscription, you'll give your loved ones a present that will last.

Choose a plan: Find the subscription that you want to give away.

We send you a physical card or an e-voucher: Receive a beautifully designed, multiply folded card, or print an e-voucher yourself.

You give the gift. Personnaly deliver the physical card or the printed e-voucher. The person who receives the gift can then sign-up very easily on our web-site.

Gift box £41 for 10 summaries
Formats: PDF, Kindle, ePub, audio
Libraries: Business Books

Need to develop more than one employee or a team of employees?

We understand:

Today’s constantly evolving business environment demands that your workforce remains educated, agile and ready to respond to new developments.

getAbstract is a long-term solution for keeping your team on pace with the lightning-fast speed of business.Contact us to discuss the prices available for bulk purchases.

Work Place Learning Centre selected getAbstract because we believe that it is the largest and most independent service of its type.


If you would like to know more about our selection process please click the Ask an Expert button

03 Apr 2017

“It really helps generate conversations between consultants and clients, and it keeps our consultants up to speed on current trends, ideas and business concepts.” The Need We are a highly successful global consulting firm that needed a learning tool to educate its workforce and help its employees strengthen their relationships with varied clients. Since consulting encompasses various aspects of business, we were interested in a service that could efficiently provide a broad base of business knowledge to their consultants, who are working at client sites, and keeps them up to speed on current trends, ideas and business concepts. The Solution The getAbstract’s experienced learning consultants made it easy to use the service by creating customized reading lists and displaying the getAbstract link on our home page. In addition, our employees now receive weekly email blasts that promote the latest summaries. The CEO and other key leaders share summaries that have had a positive impact on them and the business with their employees, so they, too, can gain useful knowledge. Results Only three months after the company had integrated the getAbstract service, already half of our workforce was utilizing the service. Now all global employees, as well as external partners, regularly take advantage of the getAbstract service. The knowledge the employees acquired helped them improve their skills and become more trusted advisers to their clients.

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