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Subscription e-book and audiobook service Scribd is unveiling a brand new content material sort that it calls a Snapshot — a distillation of a nonfiction guide’s key factors, which will be learn or listened to in 15 minutes or much less.

In truth, though it’s solely saying Snapshots immediately, Scribd says it’s already created round 500 of them, for instance, this preview of  Jaron Lanier’s audiobook “Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Proper Now” and this Snapshot of Mark Manson’s “The Delicate Artwork of Not Giving A Fuck.”

CEO Journey Adler mentioned a Snapshot is supposed to seize “the important thing insights, the important thing themes, the tone, the construction of the guide.”

As Scribd creates extra Snapshots, subscribers will see them present up alongside the books themselves, in each textual content and audio codecs.

And whereas it’s straightforward to consider this as a CliffsNotes model that means that you can skip the guide itself, Adler mentioned it’s really designed to do the other, specifically to assist readers “make a greater choice” about whether or not to learn the entire thing. In different phrases, you need to get a transparent sense of what an creator is making an attempt to say, however you’ll have to show to the guide itself if you’d like the total argument.

In truth, Adler mentioned the thought for Snapshots emerged from a Scribd person survey about what would make them extra more likely to learn a guide.

He additionally emphasised that Snapshots are “fully authentic content material” created by Scribd’s freelance workforce — authentic within the sense that although they’re citing concepts from the books, they’re not quoting them straight. This places it consistent with Scribd’s authentic content material initiative launched earlier this yr, and it’s additionally an essential distinction for the reason that firm isn’t putting new offers with publishers or authors to create these previews.

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