What is the getAbstract rating system?

Understanding our rating criteria

At getAbstract, we summarize books* that help people understand the world and make it better. Whatever we select for our library has to excel in one or the other of these two core criteria:

Enlightening – You’ll learn things that will inform and improve your decisions.

Helpful – You’ll take away practical advice that will help you get better at what you do.

We rate each piece of content on a scale of 1–10 with regard to these two core criteria. Our rating helps you sort the titles on your reading list from solid (5) to brilliant (10). Books we rate below 5 won’t be summarized. Here's what the ratings mean:

  • 10 – Brilliant. It is a helpful and/or enlightening book that stands out even among the best and meets the highest standards in all pertinent aspects. It is often an instant classic and a must-read for everyone.
  • 9 – Superb. It is a helpful and/or enlightening book that is extremely well-rounded and has many strengths and no shortcomings worth mentioning.
  • 8 – Very good. A helpful and/or enlightening book that has a substantial number of outstanding qualities without excelling across the board, e.g., presents the latest findings in a topical field and is written by a renowned expert but lacks a bit in style.
  • 7 – Good. A helpful and/or enlightening book that combines two or more noteworthy strengths, e.g., contains uncommonly novel ideas and engagingly presents them.
  • 6 – Notable. A helpful and/or enlightening book that stands out by at least one aspect, e.g., is particularly well structured.
  • 5 – Solid. Despite its apparent shortcomings, it is a helpful and/or enlightening book. For instance, it may offer decent advice in some areas while being repetitive or unremarkable in others.

*getAbstract is summarizing much more than books. We look at every kind of content that may matter to our audience: books, articles, reports, videos, and podcasts. What we say here about books applies to all formats we cover.


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