Frequently Asked Questions

How does your summary service work?

For more than 40 years, busy professionals have turned to Soundview to find the latest ideas and strategies from the best business books so they can stay up-to-date and thrive in their careers. We review thousands of full-length business books each year and select those with best new, innovative ideas to be included as quick-read summaries. Each summary includes just the best, most actionable insights from the full-length book. As each new summary is published, it is 'delivered' to your digital library on our website/app where you can read or listen to it at your convenience. We’ll let you know as new summaries become available.

What is included with my subscription?

All of our subscription plans include access to 1 to 2 new book summaries delivered to your digital library each week (approximately 7 new summaries each month). Additionally, you’ll be invited to attend all of our exclusive SoundviewLive webinar events featuring top business book authors. Upgrading to our Professional plan also gives you instant access to our entire archive of more than 2,500 summaries, reviews, and on-demand webinars. Our Premier plan goes one step further - in addition to the archive, it also unlocks access to more than 1,000 on-demand video summaries, tips, and interviews. Choose the plan that’s right for you.

Do your summaries come in text and audio?

Yes. Except for a few rare titles, all of our book summaries come in both text and audio formats. Each summary is typically available in PDF, MP3, ePub, and Amazon® Kindle formats.

How long are your book summaries?

Our book summaries are typically 4-8 printed pages in length. Most can be read in 20 minutes or less. Our audio summaries usually run about 10-20 minutes long. See a sample here.

What summaries are included in your archive?

For a complete listing of all the book summaries that are included in the Professional and Premier plan archive, you can view the entire list here.

Is there a limit on how many summaries I can read?

You can read, watch, or listen to as many summaries as you have time to get to. There are no limits or restrictions. Read as much as you want, anytime you want.

How frequently do new summaries become available?

New book summaries are added to your Library every week. We’ll notify you by email and/or app notification as new titles are released.

Can I read the summaries on my phone or other mobile device?

Absolutely! Your summary Library can be accessed through a web browser on conventional desktop/laptop computers and all mobile devices (phones, tablets, etc.). Our website is mobile-friendly, so it will automatically resize to fit any screen you’re using. For frequent viewing of your Library on your mobile phone, we recommend you download our free iOS or Android app. You can login to the app with the same credentials you originally used to set up your account.

Do you offer multi-user or team-based subscriptions?

We do. For our best multi-users rates, please fill out this form and let us know how many people will need access to the summaries. We’ll get back in touch with you as soon as we can (usually the same day).

Can I purchase a single summary?

Individual summaries are available for purchase here, but our subscription plans offer the best value for your investment.

What is a BookSnap?

Occasionally there may be instances when we cannot secure the necessary permissions to summarize a book in a timely fashion. Our goal is to provide coverage of the best business books as fast as we can, so in these instances our editors will provide a subjective review (BookSnap) until a summary is available.

How do I cancel my subscription?

Our customer service team is available by phone from 9:00am to 5:00pm EST Monday through Friday. Simply call 1-800-SUMMARY and we’ll be glad to help you out.