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
Sep 14, 2022

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52.4K 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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kay somefun
June 1, 2022
Update It sure works like it's supposed to now. It does not stop in the middle of reading anymore, like it's lost connection to wifi . Kudos. It's hard to work with it. When 8t works, it tends to stop in the middle of a reading and that requires shutting the app down to restart. Now it says there is a bug and will not open any book at all. Two stars because it took some gumption to bring this idea to live. Blinkist works so much seamlessly though.
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May 23, 2022
Hi Kay! We're so sorry about that! Can you delete the app, then reinstall the version available on Google Play and see if the problem persists? I'm waiting for you Yours sincerely,
Michael Frank
July 4, 2022
12 min is a great app/service which allows you to get an overview on so many different areas and topics. I like that an audio and written format is used. I listen to the summary on my daily walks and follow with the written summary. I believe this will save money. I Spend a lot of money on ebooks. Understanding the basic concepts and allows me to be more focused on the books I actually buy. WISH: would really enjoy is having the ability to attach personal notes as I can do in my kindle ebook.
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July 5, 2022
Hi Mike! Thank you so much for this feedback, its this kind of interaction that keeps us motivated to delivery the 12min best version ever! I Loved the Kindle feature suggestion, just sent it to the Product team!

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!