A friend of mine remarked this weekend that while he didn't have time read all the good business books that come out each month, so he's glad his company provides through a business book summary service the gist of what's new and notable. While I've never been willing to pay the $150 a year some of these companies want for their summaries, I recently found a great free alternative: WikiSummaries.
To judge the quality of these community-created, freely editable book summaries, I checked out the WikiSummary of Thomas Friedman's The World is Flat. While it lacked the flair and human interest stories of the original, the WikiSummary definitely explained what The World is Flat was all about, chapter by chapter, idea by idea.
Presently there are 111 summaries at WikiSummaries, most dealing with business, politics and current affairs. Definitely a good way to save some money and time next time you're in the mood to bookshop.