Blinkist – Site Review
Blinkist was started by four college friends in 2012 to create better way to read and learn without affecting your daily lifestyle. The team has hit a million users and blinked more than 1,500 titles of the world’s best nonfiction. Its catalog of non-fiction books is summarized down to 15-minute summaries, or ‘blinks’, focusing on key chapters and points, accessible on your desktop browser or via mobile apps.
With its short and sweet approach to consuming books, Blinkist emphasizes that its goal is not to replace but to spur an interest in books and the worthwhile ideas they contain. It also supports the pursuit of continuous learning even in the busiest of schedules. Rather than turn people off from reading, it might even inspire more people to read more books.
Blinkist cofounder Holger Seim says that the main key is the central takeaways of the book, not the act of reading or the digestion of the complex ideas throughout the text.
Overall, it offers complete solution to your learning and reading needs which save you precious time. A worth trying application for professionals and workers.
- Corporate Culture
- Technology & the Future
- Biography & History
- Marketing & Sales
- Productivity & Time Management
- Relationships & Parenting
- Money & Investments
- Personal Growth & Self-Improvement
- Communication & Social Skills
- Motivation & Inspiration
- Health & Fitness
- Politics & Society
- Entrepreneurship & Small Business
- Management & Leadership
- Text and audio (full audio only available within the phone app).
- A synopsis.
- Who & why you should read.
- Similar books recommendation.
- Highlight and store important snippets (sorteable by Book & Date). Email them or share on Facebook / Twitter. You can even sync highlights with Evernote.
- Read your saved titles offline and even send them to your Kindle
- Key messages & suggested further reading on the last page.
Blinkist comes with Free (Read one pre-selected book per day), Premium ($7.49/month – Paid Annually) subscription options, which come with a 30-day money back guarantee. One of the unadvertised offer is that you’re given a 50% discount on the yearly fees should you decide to subscribe during or after your trial period ends, so that’s something you can take advantage of.
The premium plan expands Blinkist features to a whole new level, allowing access to over 4,500 titles, with 40 new ones added monthly, with access to audio versions and features where you can sync all of your highlights to Evernote and send book summaries straight to your Kindle. Highlighting options is also available to keep essential snippets, where you can email or simply post it on your Twitter or Facebook.
Blinkist has a wishlist feature as well, in which you can suggest the books they should “Blink” next. They also have a comprehensive FAQ within their site which you can browse in case if you have any questions.
It has been an exciting adventure and to be honest, I’m extremely excited to get things going with Blinkist, learning more things and travel at the speed of light in terms of knowledge-digestion. Blinkist can also act as a great way to evaluate if you decide to purchase the book or eBook later.
Listen to the “blinks” while you commute, or before your sleep every night, I really can’t wait to see how thing goes after a month of using it. Try it yourself and let us know what you think!