Book Summary Using ChatGPT (3 Examples)


ChatGPT is known to perform summary functions very effectively. In this series, we have explored how to use ChatGPT to summarize a research paper and LinkedIn post.

This time, we will examine how to use ChatGPT to summarize a book. The book we will summarize is The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

We will also outline the steps to follow to summarize a book on our local computer.

Here is an overview:

Let’s get into the discussion!


Example 1: Summarize The Great Gatsby Directly Using ChatGPT

In this first example, we will summarize The Great Gatsby straight from ChatGPT.

The reason why this is possible is that as a large language model that has been trained on billions of text data online, ChatGPT has been exposed to a lot of books during the training process.

Therefore, it has the knowledge of many popular books, including The Great Gatsby. This means we can ask it straight away to give us a summary of the book using the prompt below.

Prompt: I want you to summarize the main points of the book The Great Gatsby in one short paragraph


summary of The Great Gatsby


The summary of the book certainly looks good, as ChaGPT gave us the main points as we had instructed it.

Other popular books, such as Alice in Wonderland, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, and The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, can be summarized this way as well.

Example 2: Summarize The Great Gatsby Using ChatGPT Summary for Chrome Extension

Here, we will use ChatGPT Summary for Chrome extension to summarize The Great Gatsby.

To install it, simply follow this link.

After installation, make sure to pin it to your browser menu bar. Also, you should modify the default prompt by right-clicking on the ChatGPT Summary for Chrome extension icon in your menu bar and selecting Options.

There, you can replace the default prompt with something like this: Summarize the main points of the book as one short paragraph. Then click Save prompt.

Now, to summarize The Great Gatsby using the extension, simply visit the URL of the book (The Great Gatsby) and click the ChatGPT Summary for Chrome extension icon, and watch it summarize the book.


summary of The Great Gatsby using ChatGPT extension

The summary result is good as well. This method automates the summary of any online text – book, article, social media post, etc. – using ChatGPT.


Example 3: Summarize A Local Book Using ChatGPT Summary for Chrome Extension

What if we have a book in Microsoft Word format on our computer that we want to summarize using ChatGPT? We can yet use the ChatGPT Summary for Chrome extension to summarize such a book.

The following steps will guide you:

  • Step 1: Upload the book or document to Google Docs
  • Step 2: Go to File -> Share -> Publish to web
  • Step 3: Click Publish, then copy the link and open it in a new browser tab
  • Step 4: Run ChatGPT Summary for Chrome extension

With this, you can easily upload any document to Google Docs and summarize it.

Another option would be to save the Word document as a webpage, host it on a server like Github Pages, then access its URL and summarize it with ChatGPT Summary for Chrome.

Although this tutorial makes use of ChatGPT Summary for Google Chrome extension, you may be able to find similar ChatGPT extensions for your own browser if you are not using Google Chrome browser.


Video, Further Resources & Summary

Do you need more explanations on how to summarize a book using ChatGPT? Then you should have a look at the following YouTube video of the Statistics Globe YouTube channel.

In the video, we explain in some more detail how to summarize a book using ChatGPT.


The YouTube video will be added soon.


Furthermore, you could have a look at some of the other interesting ChatGPT-based tutorials on Statistics Globe:

This post has shown how to summarize a book using ChatGPT. I hope you found it helpful! In case you have further questions, you may leave a comment below.


R & Python Expert Ifeanyi Idiaye

This page was created in collaboration with Ifeanyi Idiaye. You might check out Ifeanyi’s personal author page to read more about his academic background and the other articles he has written for the Statistics Globe website.


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