by Edited by Carol Zarrow

Book Summary Services

Jul 15, 20023 mins

It’s Sum- Sum- “Summary Time”

For many people, one of the joys of summer is relaxing on the beach (or porch or deck or in the backyard hammock) with a good book. The characteristics that make for a “good book” depend on the reader, but odds are that many people’s definitions won’t include the business management titles that Off the Shelf usually reviews.

So, in the interests of freeing up time this summer?or any season?for reading just for fun and relaxation, Off the Shelf departs from its usual format this month to present instead a roundup of book summary services that may help manage the “ought to” reading that never takes the summer off.

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What you get Subscribers receive two new 45-minute recorded book summaries every month, with 12-page transcripts. One new summary is posted online each week, with an e-mail notification sent to subscribers, who can opt to have the summary delivered with it as a PDF attachment. Summaries average 2,000 words and take no more than 10 minutes to read. Subscribers receive new five-page abstracts as PDF attachments to an e-mail notification. Subscribers can elect to be notified about only abstracts that match a personal reading interest profile. Average reading time is 15 minutes. Thirty summaries are published per year. Summaries average eight pages and can be read in 15 minutes. Subscribers are notified of new summaries by e-mail.
Cost Of Service One-year subscription (24 titles) $149. Backlist titles and summary “libraries” available for an extra charge. Samples available. One-year subscription (52 titles) for $117. Includes unlimited access to an online library of backlist titles. Pay-per-month option for $9.95. Corporate subscriptions available. Samples available. A one-year individual subscription is $299. Includes unlimited access to an online library of backlist titles. Corporate subscriptions available. Samples available. PDF and Palm A one-year subscription ranges from $99 to $149. Includes unlimited online access to all summaries published since 2000. Corporate subscriptions available. Samples available.
Formats CD or cassette PDF, HTML, audio format for mobile phones E-mail attachment Print, cassette or CD, downloadable PDF files
Delivery Mail (downloadable PDF transcripts also sent via e-mail) E-mail PDF attachment or Web download to a PC, PDA or mobile phone E-mail attachment Mail or online
Backlist to 1993 1998 1982 1978
Titles in collection 168 100+ 1,700+ 720+
Recent Titles Beyond Disruption: Changing the Rules in the Marketplace, by Jean-Marie Dru Managing the Unexpected: Assuring High Performance in an Age of Complexity, by Karl E. Weick, Kathleen M. Sutcliffe and Robert E. Quinn Creative Destruction: Why Companies That Are Built to Last Underperform the Market?And How to Successfully Transform Them, by Richard Foster and Sarah Kaplan The EVA Challenge: Implementing Value Added Change in an Organization, by Joel M. Stern and John S. Shiely
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