Books Take Too Long to Read, Here’s a Shortcut to Investing in Information

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What if you had someone whose job it was to curate the best anecdotes and tidbits from non-fiction books and send them to you every Monday?

If that’s what you’ve wished for the last 12 Christmas’s, I’ve got a non-salty surprise for you: It’s very much within your grasp.

With the advent of Notevantage, you can buy your very own note-taking butler.

As we all know, books take a long time to read, and we’ll never get through our entire wishlist.

And for that matter, nor would we want to.

Some books are legendary but their place in time is built on the pillars of a few scant pieces of information.

You don’t want to read for 8 hours to only unearth three gold nuggets.

There needs to be an extraction service, and so that’s what I’ve come up with.

You might say, “Already been done, Kris. There’s a handful of book summary services out there.

True but book summaries are flawed hacks.

Book summaries are best used as a refresher AFTER you’ve read a book because summaries strip information of its color and context and you need those to extract meaning.

With a summary, you’re one step removed from the trough, and the more distance you put from you and a thing, the less aligned you with that thing.

In this case, that means you don’t really have a grasp on the info in the book.

No good.

Illustration Time

An illustration of the dilution of information from my law school days:

4.0 students took amazing notes. So much so that their notes were seen by 2.5 GPA students (like me) as a hack to a decent grade on the final exam.

Occasionally, an A student might give you their outline, but it wouldn’t result in a good grade.


Because you didn’t actually study and learn the material; you weren’t aligned with the law. Instead, you had the impressions of someone who was.

While the notes were nice, the shortcut didn’t work. At best you might get a C/C+, maybe even a B- but you weren’t getting an A.

A’s were reserved for the masters who were intimately familiar the material. I mean how were you going to get a higher grade than the person who wrote the notes you were studying?

What’s the Difference with Notevantage?

I’m not trying to capture an entire book.

Rather, I dive into a specific selection (that stands by itself), extract meaning from it, and expound upon that meaning in the notes I send out to subscribers.

Typically what you’ll see is a full explanation of what the tidbit means in plain English, candid commentary, and practical application in REAL life.

Boiled down, I fervently explore the small pieces of a book that have stunning significance.

Going back to the law school notes, it’s as if I take one important concept and make a huge guide about it, talking about it ad nauseam.

The Officially Deflating Windup

And here’s another beautiful underpinning of Notevantage: It’s based on informal education which makes it easy.

How easy?

Pick your phone up and scroll through the note I send you whenever. Maybe when you sit down and have your Burrito Bowl and Chipotle.

That’s it.

When things get official, and we know there’s an advanced time and energy commitment, we shrink away and put that commitment off.

Even just a 20 minute read through of a book summary gets put on hold because it’s official business.

And reading an entire book?

That kind of endeavor can be put off for a month. Not because it’s difficult to chip away at a book but because we look at as a huge undertaking.

Of course, there are some books laced with so much gold, you’d be remiss to put them off (see: Nassim Nicholas Taleb). But it’s going to help like a flashlight in a power outage if you have a supplemental information injection coming at you every Monday.

Even if you’ve already read every top 100 non-fiction book ever, benefits are aplenty with Notevantage:

1) Refresh and remind you of valuable information
2) Exposure to a different interpretation
3) Randomness coming at you predictably

Tempted? Grab a subscription.

Author: Kris