What are some sources for book summaries?


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Four good online sources for book summaries are PinkMonkey.com, Shmoop.com, CliffsNotes.com and SparkNotes.com. These sites contain summaries, analyses and study guides for hundreds of books, plays and works of poetry. The content on these sites is free for anyone to access. For popular or nonacademic books that are not listed on any of the above web sites, summaries can also sometimes be found on Amazon.com.

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PinkMonkey.com, Shmoop.com, CliffsNotes.com and SparkNotes.com are particularly useful resources for students because they are free to read, easy to navigate and have information and study guides on many of the classic works of literature that students are likely to encounter in their courses. SparkNotes is especially well known for their "No Fear Shakespeare" study guides, which provide the original Shakespeare text side-by-side with a modern-day English translation for 20 of Shakespeare's most often-read plays, including "Romeo and Juliet," "Twelfth Night," "A Midsummer Night's Dream" and "The Tempest."

If there is no information about a particular book on any of the websites mentioned above, another source to try is Amazon.com. Often a book's Amazon.com page contains a blurb that briefly summarizes the book. There may also be reviews of the book on Amazon.com that summarize the work's plot, especially for well-known books.

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