“Forget social media. Only great books help you truly understand the world - and yourself.”
Tom Butler-Bowdon


Each week the Book Insights podcast brings you a deep dive into a nonfiction bestseller. Self-Help. Psychology. Business. Philosophy. In around 30 minutes we cover the major themes and ideas of a recent hit, an important work, or an ancient classic.

The result: concentrated wisdom that goes beyond the headlines, makes you think and helps you succeed in relationships, career, or business.

What is the difference between Book Insights episodes and Book Lounge episodes?

Book Insights are formal, structured summary, analysis and exploration of a bestselling nonfiction book. Each episode is read by a professional voice actor and will introduce a new title selected specifically for its value to your work and life. Book Lounge episodes are casual discussions about the book, the author, and anything else that comes along through the course of conversation. It’s more of a broad chat about how the book relates to current, everyday life.

Should I listen to both the Book Insight and the Book Lounge episode on the same book?

Sure! Each episode works fine as a standalone piece, so no requirement to listen to both or to listen in any particular order, but we definitely recommend (and think you’ll enjoy!) both. Think of it like reading a book and liking it so much you want to chat about it on the porch with a friend. That is the vibe at the Book Lounge.

The podcast builds on the work of presenter and curator Tom Butler-Bowdon. Tom is author of the award-winning “50 Classics series” on key books in self-development, philosophy and the social sciences. He edits the bestselling Capstone Classics series of great nonfiction books, and is VP of Content for Memo’d, a mobile encyclopedia and note-sharing app.


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