Free app offers access to lean manufacturing books
Paul Akers 2 Second Lean Play app video

Paul Akers has released a new app that makes audio versions of his books available for free.

Paul Akers has announced a new app called 2 Second Lean Play that offers all of his books and other lean manufacturing resources in an audio format and all for free.

“We have noticed that not everyone is predisposed to personal development so we wanted to create a platform that has no barriers and zero cost so everyone can easily start their personal development journey to improve their life and their work,” said Akers, the author of popular lean book “2 Second Lean” and an international leader in lean education. He is the owner of FastCap, a company that supplies a wide range of products to the woodworking industry.

“The app even has the classic books that we have recorded "Today and Tomorrow" by Henry Ford (you would swear you were listening to Henry Ford) and “The Toyota Production Handbook” by Taiichi Ohno,” said Akers.

He said the plan is to convince other authors in the lean genre to make their books available on the app.

For iOS users, the new app is available from the App Store:

For Android users, go to:


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William Sampson

William Sampson is a lifelong woodworker, and he has been an advocate for small-scale entrepreneurs and lean manufacturing since the 1980s. He was the editor of Fine Woodworking magazine in the early 1990s and founded WoodshopBusiness magazine, which he eventually sold and merged with CabinetMaker magazine. He helped found the Cabinet Makers Association in 1998 and was its first executive director. Today, as editorial director of Woodworking Network and FDMC magazine he has more than 20 years experience covering the professional woodworking industry. His popular "In the Shop" tool reviews and videos appear monthly in FDMC.