The new year has just started and you have vowed to finally do the one thing you have always wanted to do but procrastinated from doing – to read more books this year. But we all know new year resolutions don’t always go the way we intended and, besides, they can be stressful too.
But what if you don’t have to read entire books to know what each one is about? What if there was a way through which you could only spend a few minutes reading or listening about a book to know what it was all about?
In fact, there is a way to do this – and it is called 12Min.
Ok, it is a phone application, or app for short.
12Min is the app for people who, for whatever reasons, either have no time to read an entire book from cover to cover, or who do not want to read an entire book. The app digests the most salient points of the book, and spits them out as microbooks in written or audio form which takes only 12 minutes to read or listen to.
Neat, right? Why 12 minutes? We are not sure.
You could “read” several or many books in the same amount of time that it would normally take you to read one. And you could also listen to them while running an errand, anywhere, anytime. Waiting for the bus? Or idling your time while on the train? Or enduring a long queue somewhere? Instead of wasting your time playing mind-numbing games on your phone, you could instead listen to or read a book on the 12Min app.
The app has quite a few categories of books to choose from too – from lighter topics such as lifestyle, sports and mindfulness, to more heavy-hitting ones like economics, finance, science, history, biographies, and so on.
There are currently hundreds of micro books in text and narrative form in its library.
“Every month, you’ll get 30 new titles that are designed to be read and digested in just 12 minutes so you can learn on the go,” the website says. “Search for any book title in the extensive library or suggest new breakdowns to the 12min experts and they’ll add it to the library. You can choose micro books from many different genres, send them to your Kindle Account, and enjoy reading them even while not having internet access.”
Reviews of the service has been pretty good, with most of the 19,000 reviews on Google Play giving it an average of more than 4 stars out of 5.
Having tried out the free version of the app ourselves, we found the interface very simple to use and intuitive, and the audio quality is good. On the downsides, perhaps some of the reading could be at a touch slower pace. At times, it seems to rattle on in monotonous tones. But these are not major problems and we would also give the app 4 stars out of 5.
The app has 500,000 downloads so far, and it is certainly worth giving it a try.