No patience for overwritten nonfiction books? Perhaps some of these magazine articles will be of interest.
The Best Magazine Articles Ever
The Top 25 Articles — Based on the number of times an article is recommended
There could (of course) be a website (with LIKE/DISLIKE buttons, comments, voting/etc) devoted to this topic instead of this “hand-made” list. But there is some value in someone’s (Kevin Kelly’s in this case) editorial control over it of course.
To this list I would add just about any newspaper or magazine article that later became an entire book. Usually one can probably just read the article. The book is probably overwritten.