Free, for Android and iOS
In the movie 'Matrix' (1999), people could learn something new by just plugging in to a computer. All the required knowledge was just digitally transferred to their brains in an instant. It’s not quite the same, but imagine being able to read 10 books in the time it takes you to read one? That’s the promise of 12min – they call it “absorbing knowledge at a speed the world demands”.
12min has a team of people that curates books, reads through them, collates the key ideas and them summarises each book into a microbook that you can read (or listen to) in 12 minutes. They have hundreds of books in the library and are adding more. You can suggest books, too.
If you want to read for free, download the app and read one book per day (the free microbook of the day). If you want access to the entire existing (and upcoming) microbooks, you need a premium plan. That’s Rs 2,699 for 12 months, Rs 3,249 for 6 months and Rs 13,900 for a lifetime subscription. If you feel you want to try the full access service, email them and they’ll give you a 30-day premium pass. If you subscribe and don’t feel that it’s worth it, you can cancel for a full refund within 30 days.
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