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The printed book works very well. It’s cheap, portable and surprisingly waterproof (as any number of leathery and buckled volumes on my bookshelf testify). But since the modern world is incapable of leaving a decent technology alone without trying to improve it, there are a number of apps which seek to refine the reading experience.

Joosr offers summaries of books that can be read in 20 minutes. Many are aimed at aspiring business moguls and have titles like “The Lean Start-Up: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses”. The first book I opened was Stephen Covey’s bestseller, “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People”. This is precisely the kind of book Joosr excels in distilling – one whose title announces exactly what you expect to get out of it. I very swiftly learn that I need to “truly” listen to people.

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Mike Rawson

Mike Rawson has recently re-awoken a long-standing interest in robots and our automated future. He lives in London with a single android - a temperamental vacuum cleaner - but is looking forward to getting more cyborgs soon.

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