There are so many great books out there to read, but only so much time in a day to read them. Luckily, there’s an app that can help us with that problem. It’s called 12min. And, true to its name, the app’s goal is to condense the best ideas from bestselling nonfiction books into comprehensive “microbooks.” These microbooks can then be read or listened to in audio form in just 12 minutes.
But the team at 12min doesn’t just skim nonfiction titles. According to the app’s team, creating a microbook involves reading the original title several times over, highlighting the best insights and ideas, discussing and further refining them.
The end result is a short comprehensive book that, although consumable in just over 10 minutes, is chock full of new ideas and insights. In other words, whether you want to learn new skills, improve your learning or just expand your knowledge, these microbooks are a great solution for the time-strapped among us.
With a subscription to 12min, you have unlimited access to all of the app’s microbooks — which are spread across numerous genres and categories. Some of the great titles available include “The Subtle Art of Not Giving a [expletive],” “The 4-Hour Workweek,” “The Power of Habit,” and “Focus,” among many others. You can highlight the most relevant passages in each and even send them to your Kindle for later offline reading.
The team comes out with 30 new microbook each month. You can even suggest a book to the app so that the team may synthesize it into a microbook.
Users seem to adore the service too, as 12min is well-reviewed across every platform. It has a 4.7-star review on both the Apple App Store and Google Play Store with thousands of reviews and votes.
Keep in mind, however, that 12min isn’t free. A year-long subscription to the platform would cost about $50 if billed annually, but you can currently get a lifetime subscription for just $39. That’s a steep 88% discount from the would-be lifetime price of $346.50. Just pay once and you’ll have unlimited access to 12min’s microbook library for life. (Just make sure to redeem your code within 30 days.)