12min: Book Summaries & Ideas

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About this app

🏆 #1 app in Mexico by Google Play in 2019
🏆 Downloaded more than 4 million times in 30 different countries
🏆 Featured on “Forbes,” “Entrepreneur” and “CNN”

📖 Achieving self growth through book learning may be the best way to expand your skills and confidence, but getting through a book can be a real challenge. That’s why we exist. At 12min, we extract the best ideas and insights from bestselling nonfiction books and organize them in unique, self-sufficient narratives we call microbooks.


✅ 2500+ nonfiction audiobooks available in 3 languages
✅ 24 different categories
✅ A growing library of original content
✅ Curated playlists and personalized recommendations
✅ Available in text & audio
✅ Online & offline access
✅ Send your favorite аudiobooks to your Kindle™


All of our writers are bookworms and bibliophiles. Hence, they don’t mind reading the books several times while turning them into book summaries. Moreover, they are well versed in breaking down multifaceted chronicles and complex concepts in an easily digestible manner, at the same time entirely relevant to the original book, and to your personal growth and professional development!
Each book summary or microbook as we like to call it, is written in a way that they can be read and listened to entirely independently of the book they summarize. In other words, they are not just a haphazard list of key insights and highlights, but meaningful, self-sufficient accounts connecting the ideas in question in engrossing narratives by way of arguments, anecdotes and original quotes.

WHY 12min?

At 12min, we take pride in providing not just a well structured and easily digestible synopsis of more than 2500+ nonfiction titles, but also a comprehensive and actionable overview of the key insights of the book in question.
Not sure what you want to read? No worries, at 12min, you can explore more than 24 categories with titles ranging from, self help, motivational classics, summaries on economics, philosophy, entrepreneurship, business, investment and more. Embark on a self growth challenge, and turn everyday moments into learning experiences.


Why don’t you try 12min for free? Download the app right now, install it to your device and sign up for 3 free days of unlimited access – no attachments whatsoever!

Payment plans:
✅ Lifetime - Full access to our library forever
✅ Yearly - Full access to our library for 1 year.


Do you have any questions, concerns or suggestions? Or perhaps you'd like to have a chat with us! We’re very quick responders. Email us at support@12min.com and we’ll get in touch with you before you can say Jack Robinson! (You don’t know who Jack Robinson is? You can find the answer in one of our microbooks!)
Updated on
Jan 19, 2023

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55.3K reviews
Anton Chuvakin
September 5, 2022
Update: does not work anymore, on launch, shows a blank screen, stays that way. Mark as read somehow does not work, the button is visually pushed, several times, but the book does not move to read... Otherwise, great app and awesome idea too! New suggestion: do not recommend books I read, allow to buy full books, social highlights and seeing your own highlights 8n one place Update: still does not work, even after reinstall
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A Google user
March 2, 2019
Not impressed yet. Interface hard to use. No search function when looking for a 12 minute book'. Additionally, when asked to enter a suggestion, they want you to enter a URL, however when using copy and paste is not doable. Very hard to use. If you just want suggestions sent to you from 12min, this user interface is good. If you have specific books in mind to listen to, you are going to be disappointed
30 people found this review helpful
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March 6, 2019
Hi Ken! Thank you so much for your comment and Feedback! Its really important to us to hear from your, thats the best way to keep improving the app and our service! Can you send us a email to contato@12min.com giving more insights about your experience so Far? I will be waiting for you 12min Team
Nate Howland
January 26, 2022
Love the 12min summaries! It provides a great way to review which books I want to take a deeper dive into. I really like being able to listen to or read them. Some of the narrations are a bit off like the person reading just needs to do a couple more read throughs before recording. I'd prefer a bit more intuitive mobile navigation when browsing categories (having to scroll vertically and then horizontallly isn't the best). But these are small quibbles for a great service!
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What's new

Thank you for using 12min! We update the app every week to further improve your experience.

This version includes some minor bug fixes!

Send us a feedback, suggestions and ideas on support@12min.com! We will return as soon as we can. What would you like to see in the app? Tell us! We are here for you!