What are the best book summary websites?

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    Edward Johnson
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      Blinkist

      Blinkist offers big ideas from the world's best nonfiction and made it into powerful 15-minute packs for your ears and your eyes. It is founded by Holger Seim, Niklas Jansen, Sebastian Klein and Tobias Balling on August 21, 2012.

      Websites

      Free - Varies by plan

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      Terry Woods
      Written on April 11, 2017
      "Recently I needed to learn about multiple new job related topics within about a week and I really wasn't sure what to do until I found this website called Blinklist. Blinklist..."
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      Terry Woods
      Written on April 11, 2017
      "Recently I needed to learn about multiple new job related topics within about a week and I really wasn't sure what to do until I found this website called Blinklist. Blinklist simply provides detailed summaries in both text and audio of nearly thousands of bestselling non-fiction books. It conveniently had all of the topics I needed and was extremely helpful overall as I could bring these summaries on the go on my smartphone. The sign-up process was painless and the the rewards were invaluable. If you are short on time like I am and need to cover a lot of topics, Blinklist is likely for you."
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      Bruce Armstrong
      Written on April 27, 2017
      "I am so crunched for time that I cannot read books straight through. This little app helps me to get the main points of the book without spending a lot of time reading through non-sensical wording. Awesome and a huge time saver."
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      Howard Palmer
      Written on March 18, 2017
      "Trying to find a non-fiction book for a special project or certain field? Blinklist is here. 1000's of the most popular non-fiction books right at your fingertips. With a super low subscription cost, you can't go wrong."
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      Zachary Stanley
      Written on April 18, 2017
      "I've been looking for something that has in-depth summaries of books I've read and couldn't find anything anywhere until I found Blinklist. With Blinklist I was able to find great summaries of books I've read."
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      SparkNotes

      SparkNotes is the best study guides in the universe / the real MVP. It is launched by Harvard students Sam Yagan, Max Krohn, Chris Coyne, and Eli Bolotin on January 7, 1999. It provides study guides for literature, history, film, philosophy etc.

      Websites

      Free

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      Lawrence Alvarez
      Written on March 15, 2017
      "We've all been in a situation where we had to read a book for something and we just couldn't find the time to do it. I was recently in this scenario when I forgot to..."
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      Lawrence Alvarez
      Written on March 15, 2017
      "We've all been in a situation where we had to read a book for something and we just couldn't find the time to do it. I was recently in this scenario when I forgot to read a chapter out of a book for a class I had. Even though I had intended to do it the old fashioned way it just somehow slipped my mind and I was worried about it because I knew we'd have a quiz on it. So after doing some online investigating, I found this website called SparkNotes. What a lifesaver this website was! It is intended to provide summaries of nearly countless books and practically any other information you'd need to know about a given book. Lucky for me, I only had to find a summary for a single chapter but I could see this website being much more valuable! Even if you wanted to just test your knowledge prior to a quiz or something I could see it being extremely helpful. I'll be bookmarking this one indefinitely!"
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      Guo Gao
      Written on April 22, 2017
      "I love literature and when I like a book I don't settle for reading it, but also enjoy analyzing it in detail. SparkNotes is a perfect site for avid readers like me, offering very interesting studies on relevant books, as well as being a platform that offers more relaxed content but always related to literature. Although it has fewer book summaries than other websites, I prefer SparkNotes for its variety."
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      Jeffrey Fox
      Written on April 10, 2017
      "Barnes and Noble has created a new website called SparkNotes. SparkNotes is a broad collection of book summaries to help readers to enjoy a taste of the book before buying it. Users can browse their extensive database and quickly review a summary of the book. You can think of it as being in their store browsing through the bookshelves but doing it right at your computer or mobile device."
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      Ralph Walker
      Written on February 13, 2017
      "So, you're looking for book summaries. This site right here is really good. It has all the info you will need for research. The site is really easy to use. It has tabs to get you to places faster, and it has a search button if that doesn't work. I've used it a ton of times, and it works very well. I would highly recommend."
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      Ryan Contreras
      Written on March 25, 2017
      "SparkNotes helps me to find information on certain genres of books that I am interested in. It also used it to find information about literature that I didn't know about."
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      Henry Roberts
      Written on April 19, 2017
      "This site helped me really understand Shakespeare. It's like using the old Cliff notes, but online. I wish I had had this during high school."
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      GetFlashNotes

      GetFlashNotes is a self-help and business book summaries you can read or listen to in under 20 minutes. It offers books about personal development, business, self-improvement, and productivity. It is compatible with iPhone and Android devices.

      Websites

      $29 - 1 month

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      Ayaan Kapur
      Written on September 2, 2017
      "I love to learn new things, but I don't always have time to relax and spend hours studying a subject. That's why I love GetFlashNotes, which gives me high-quality summaries..."
      AK
      Ayaan Kapur
      Written on September 2, 2017
      "I love to learn new things, but I don't always have time to relax and spend hours studying a subject. That's why I love GetFlashNotes, which gives me high-quality summaries of books I've always wanted to read. 20 minutes and now I can have an overview of a subject, it's super useful! It's true that there are similar websites where content is free, but paying a small monthly fee ensures that the summaries are really relevant, so it's worth investing a small amount of money to become a member."
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      Randy Lucas
      Written on July 20, 2017
      "This site didn't do anything for me in terms of helping me with my problems finding accurate and complete book summaries. It seems like the types of books on this site are not the type that you get much out of if you just read a summarized version of them. Too much valuable information is left out. If these types of books were just fictional narratives, they might be more able to be condensed while maintaining the majority of their meaning, but that is not the case."
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      Juan Greene
      Written on March 15, 2017
      "I forgot to read my assigned novel for literature class and instead of panicking I simply gave myself 20 minutes went to getflashnotes and I felt confident heading to class."
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      John Schneider
      Written on February 8, 2017
      "Great idea for business professionals with busy lives. I like that I can cancel anytime, and that the Flash Notes summarizes the book ideas perfectly! A must have for me."
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      Roger Powell
      Written on March 5, 2017
      "Summeries of books in under 20 minutes...what could be better. I don't have time to read a whole book and this site is great."

    DID YOU KNOW

    The most expensive book ever purchased was priced at 30.8 million US dollars and guess who bought it—Bill Gates. Written by Leonardo Da Vinci, Codex Leicester is a collection of Da Vinci’s scientific writings on Astronomy, the properties of water, rocks, and fossils. In an article released by Business Insider in 2015, it has been said that the 72-page book was written between 1506 and 1510 and it clearly gives a glimpse inside da Vinci’s mind. Moreover, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates is known to be a bookworm, and surely all book lovers out there would attest to the fact that the smell of the pages of an old book—which by the way is called ‘bibliosmia’— or simply the thought of hauling a few feels just so euphoric. Amidst the growing popularity of e-books and its availability on various platforms today like smartphones and tablets, print books are still in the limelight. In a recent research conducted by Pew Research, it was revealed that 67% of U.S. adults have read a print book in the previous 12 months. They say that there’s no better superfood for the brain than a book because reading one, even for 30 minutes for a day, improves your overall health, studies reveal. Reading a feel-good book at breakfast or browsing through your favorite poetry collection over coffee or before bedtime just takes all the stress away from your body. Be it a hobby, a pastime, or even a profession, the love for books would always remain classic.

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      getAbstract

      getAbstract is Swiss-US based corporation that creates world's largest resource of business book, video talk, and economic report summaries. It was developed by Thomas Bergen in 1999. It also has a network of more than 500 publishing partners.

      Websites

      Free - Varies by plan

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      Jason West
      Written on February 4, 2017
      "getAbstrac has made me so much more productive! I've saved countless hours reading only what really matters. For a flat fee monthly fee I get to soak up a lot of knowledge..."
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      Jason West
      Written on February 4, 2017
      "getAbstrac has made me so much more productive! I've saved countless hours reading only what really matters. For a flat fee monthly fee I get to soak up a lot of knowledge in such a short amount of time. It gives me a real competitive advantage in my industry!"
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      Deborah Watson
      Written on January 7, 2017
      "You're grinding at the office for 12 hours a day, trying to have some semblance of home life, and now your boss wants you to read a "life changing strategy book that's only 200 pages"?! GetAbstract to the rescue! In 10 minutes you can read the summary of these business focused books, and get on with your life."
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      Rajesh Patel
      Written on January 30, 2017
      "If you want some quick information about a book and fast here you go. This will be some people's cliff notes dream. Would recommend if you are ina pinch."
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      Actionable Books

      Actionable Books offer free book summaries and author interviews to empower professionals with the skills and knowledge they need in the 21st-century workplace. It is founded by Chris Taylor in 2008. It offers books about communication, leadership etc.

      Websites

      Free

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      David Carter
      Written on August 30, 2017
      "For the busy professional that is interested in putting informative business reading into action, this is a great help. Through this website, I can quickly get the..."
      DC
      David Carter
      Written on August 30, 2017
      "For the busy professional that is interested in putting informative business reading into action, this is a great help. Through this website, I can quickly get the gist of a wealth of information without having to spend copious amounts of time reading each book cover to cover."
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      Jacob Stephens
      Written on March 1, 2017
      "I was really was cramming to learn some business insight. Actionable Books helped solved my problem and got me up to speed."
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      Arjun Bose
      Written on January 14, 2017
      "A huge amount of books all with in depth, but quick, summaries. Very easy to use."
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      eNotes

      eNotes.com has study guides, lesson plans, quizzes with a vibrant community of knowledgeable teachers and students to help you with almost any subject. It is founded by Alex Bloomingdale and Brad Satoris in 1998. 

      Websites

      Free - Varies by plan

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      Lawrence Vargas
      Written on January 27, 2017
      "I used eNotes to help me with book summaries and increase my understanding of books I'm reading. The website design is a little lackluster, but it is easy to navigate and..."
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      Lawrence Vargas
      Written on January 27, 2017
      "I used eNotes to help me with book summaries and increase my understanding of books I'm reading. The website design is a little lackluster, but it is easy to navigate and has pretty good summaries and notes for many books. It might not have notes for every single book out there, but I found information on all the books I needed. It says it has over 30,000 titles, so you can probably find the book you're looking for."
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      Susan Russell
      Written on February 4, 2017
      "If you're still using the yellow and black Cliff notes, you need to come into the new millennium with eNotes.com. All the book summaries are at your fingertips without having to drive to a bookstore! Now you can be out clubbing til 2am, and still show up to class at 11am fully prepared to discuss Les Miserables."
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      Richard Wheeler
      Written on January 25, 2017
      "eNotes is just what I was looking for. I have to read a lot for classes. eNotes always haves the summary I need for each class."
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      Four Minute Books

      Four Minute Books is a community of book nerds and those who aspire to become master readers. It also a web page wherein free book summaries are provided. It is developed by Niklas Goeke. It covers topic like science, history, politics etc.

      Websites

      Free

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      Kevin Patterson
      Written on January 15, 2017
      "I didn't think there was anything better out there than Cliff Notes, until I found Four Minute Books. If you want popular books boiled down into easy-to-understand and..."
      KP
      Kevin Patterson
      Written on January 15, 2017
      "I didn't think there was anything better out there than Cliff Notes, until I found Four Minute Books. If you want popular books boiled down into easy-to-understand and condensed summaries, look no further. This source has helped me get through numerous last minute papers and assignments that I thought for sure I would fail."
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      Samuel Girma
      Written on November 17, 2017
      "I NEED Three PAGES OF BOOK SUMMARY FOR "UNDERSTANDING PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE" by James Ladyman 2002. Is there anyone who can help me to get this summarized book???"
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      Vishal Sen
      Written on February 21, 2017
      "Great summary site for when you want the info but don't have the time!"
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      WikiSummaries

      WikiSummaries is a website that provides free summaries of many popular books, plays and other written documents. It is a companion of Wikipedia. This site has summaries related to personal development and productivity.

      Websites

      Free

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      Shreyas Nair
      Written on April 5, 2017
      "This was a great resource for my English 3 class, I no longer have to actually read the material given to me, this does it all for me! Nobody has time read an entire book, go..."
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      Shreyas Nair
      Written on April 5, 2017
      "This was a great resource for my English 3 class, I no longer have to actually read the material given to me, this does it all for me! Nobody has time read an entire book, go to work, the gym and spend time with friends. This website changed my whole college life."
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      Billy Phillips
      Written on January 29, 2017
      "I like reading. But the thing is, I don't have time to read all the time. Yet my friends started a book club, and I didn't want to be left out of that. That's where WikiSummaries comes in. Like I said, I like reading, but I just don't have the time to do so. Sometimes all you need is a condensed version of a novel, and you're able to discuss it with your buddies."
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      Ryan Burns
      Written on January 9, 2017
      "I come across many of new books that sound interesting. I don't always have time to research all of them before making a decision on which one to purpose. Now I turn to WikiSummaries to give me and idea of the plot of a book before I decide it's worth buying."
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      Carl Ramos
      Written on April 14, 2017
      "I used wikisummaries before my book club when I didnt have time to read the book. It was so helpful and no one could tell I didnt read it!"
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      Deconstructing Excellence

      Deconstructing Excellence is a personal website about studying world-class performers in order to learn what makes them exceptional and apply those methods to our own lives. It also offers books about business, health, productivity etc.

      Websites

      Free

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      Ralph Oliver
      Written on March 17, 2017
      "A very interesting website if you desperately need to know more about a book and don't have enough time to read it in depth (hello, fellow students). Although its database..."
      RO
      Ralph Oliver
      Written on March 17, 2017
      "A very interesting website if you desperately need to know more about a book and don't have enough time to read it in depth (hello, fellow students). Although its database gives data is smaller than some websites of the co-pulse the selection of lirbos that is summarized is varied and the summaries offered are very readable."
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      Jack Cole
      Written on February 19, 2017
      "It can be so hard to find out which book to read next. Deconstructing Excelence provides a great starting point with their informative book summaries that both entertain and inform the reader."
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      Wei Lai
      Written on March 30, 2017
      "This site is a good source to look up some book summaries. It has a nice wide selection and some very useful information."
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      FreeBookNotes
      FreeBookNotes.com is the original and largest literature study guide search engine on the web. They have meticulously scoured the web to track down all of the free book notes, study guides, book summaries, chapter summaries, and analyses available for thousands of books, plays, and poems.
      Websites

      Free

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      Tejas Dasgupta
      Written on August 28, 2017
      "I am a student and in my degree I have to read countless books. I enjoy reading, but I don't always have time to go into the detail of every reading. FreeBookNotes is..."
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      Tejas Dasgupta
      Written on August 28, 2017
      "I am a student and in my degree I have to read countless books. I enjoy reading, but I don't always have time to go into the detail of every reading. FreeBookNotes is perfect for all of these students who have the same problem, as it offers summaries and varied studies of thousands of books."
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      Bryan Davidson
      Written on January 3, 2017
      "You know what would have been great back when I was in school trying to avoid reading books to do reports on? FreeBookNotes, because there was no way I was actually shelling out for Cliffnotes. FreeBookNotes simply aggregates content for all the note providers and gives it out for free."
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      Sai Kapoor
      Written on February 18, 2017
      "I love getting a bite sized snapshots of a book. FreeBookNotes has such of wide selection. I can get most any summary I want."
      VM
      Vincent May
      Written on February 14, 2017
      "This is a great tool for those who are looking for feedback on various books. It gives great summaries and is easy to navigate."
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      A random quote

      A Random Quote is a website where you'll find books summarized in 5 quotes. The aim is to get an idea fast on what a book is about. Every book is provided with the correspondent link to Amazon.

      Websites

      Free

      KH
      Kevin Hansen
      Written on May 19, 2017
      "I like non-fiction books, but the current offer is so wide that when I go to the bookstore I have a hard time deciding what to buy. This is when A Random Quote, a site..."
      KH
      Kevin Hansen
      Written on May 19, 2017
      "I like non-fiction books, but the current offer is so wide that when I go to the bookstore I have a hard time deciding what to buy. This is when A Random Quote, a site capable of summarizing a book... with 5 quotes! The quality of the abstracts is more than acceptable and has allowed me to get my latest acquisitions right. "
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      Eva Zaragoza
      Written on August 26, 2017
      "These quotes capture the essence of the books well, giving you a great idea of what the book is all about. The only drawback to this website is the content is limited to only a handfull of books. Would be great it there was more!"
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      William Stamp
      Written on August 29, 2017
      "This site has a good selection of non fiction books summarised in 5 or less quotes. Also you can get a compilation of all quotes from a specific category like business, or stoicism that I highly recommend"
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      Matthew Long
      Written on January 8, 2018
      "The quotes are too vague and don't provide important information."
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      ReadinGraphics
      ReadinGraphics is an online tool that summarizes books, allowing you to understand the main concepts of the book at-a-glance. This tools has been specially designed for entrepreneurs and executives who want to optimize their time and become more productive.
      Websites

      $19.97 - $169.70

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      Gregory Franklin
      Written on June 25, 2018
      "As a new entrepreneur in the business world, this website has helped me a lot to get tons of knowledge that I needed to learn more about business flow. I especially love..."
      GF
      Gregory Franklin
      Written on June 25, 2018
      "As a new entrepreneur in the business world, this website has helped me a lot to get tons of knowledge that I needed to learn more about business flow. I especially love their audio files and infographics. Now, I must say that I am a happy and satisfied subscriber!"
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      ReadinGraphics RIG Team
      Written on March 22, 2018
      "The site features only top business & personal development book summaries, and a key differentiating factor is how they use graphics bring the ideas to life visually, and they produce the first-ever Graphic Summaries (1-page book summary infographics). The blog offers book summaries for free (https:readingraphics.com/blog), with paid materials (in text/ graphic/ audio formats) for readers who wish to purchase them."
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      The Power Moves

      The Power Moves is a website that provides book summaries to its readers. It recommends books in different types such as finance, self-help, health, and psychology books. 

      Websites

      Free

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      Lucio Buffalmano
      Written on September 6, 2018
      "Note: I'm the author, and thus fully biased :). A reader a day on average fills the contact form to tell me how happy they are they found those free summaries. And I'm..."
      LB
      Lucio Buffalmano
      Written on September 6, 2018
      "Note: I'm the author, and thus fully biased :). A reader a day on average fills the contact form to tell me how happy they are they found those free summaries. And I'm happy to link back to you!"

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    Best book summary websites
    Rank Solutions Type Votes Price
    1 Blinkist Websites 28 Paid
    2 SparkNotes Websites 26 Free
    3 GetFlashNotes Websites 20 Paid
    4 getAbstract Websites 18 Paid
    5 Actionable Books Websites 17 Free
    6 eNotes Websites 16 Paid
    7 Four Minute Books Websites 11 Free
    8 WikiSummaries Websites 9 Free
    9 Deconstructing Excellence Websites 7 Free
    10 FreeBookNotes Websites 6 Free
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