The weekend is almost over, which means back to work tomorrow for most of us. So to cheer you up (and myself) I am going to be giving you a little bit of bookish fun every Sunday, to make the end of the weekend that little bit easier!
This week has been such a laaaaaaazy week. My parents have been away on holiday and because of the amount of stress I ended up this time last year when they were away (due to having to look after the dog, the house and my dads 2 businesses) I decided to take some leave from work this year. It’s been great only working half days and being able to come home and have time to get everything done but still have time to chill out too. I have read 3 whole books this week, which I think for me is some kind of record because I haven’t read that many in such a long time, I really miss it.
Anyways, I found an article about a nifty little app for reader, when you don;t have tons of time, and thought it was totally appropriate and decided to share it with you and hopefully get your views on it.
The app is called Joosr and basically it condenses books (non-fiction) into summaries that can be read in just 20 minutes.
I know what you are thinking, what is this madness?!!! I was dubious at first, but then I looked into it a little further and I’m slowly coming round to the idea.
Take, for example, A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking. A big, dense book about all things physics which for some of us is just a little too much. I wan’t to know what he is chatting about without having to struggle with the entire book.
That’s where Joosr comes in, it turns the book in to summaries, capturing the most important information from the book and giving it to you in bite size pieces. And don’t worry, it doesn’t dumb it down, you still get the same information written in the same intelligent way. You just don’t get as much of it.
For me, it seems like a really good alternative, for some people, to big chunky non fiction books and I can definitely see myself checking out some of the denser books that I have been too scared to read in the past. However I can only hope that they don;t try this with fiction, because how can you capture an authors voice and the emotion of the story when it’s only 20 pages long?!
Have you heard of Joosr? Have you ever read a condensed version of a book? What do you think of the concept?
Enjoy your Sunday and have an excellent week!