First off I wanna start by saying the idea for Blinkist is pure genius. Not everybody; in fact, most people. Don’t like to read self-development book. This includes me. It’s just hard for me to sit down and get through all the ‘fluff’ of the book.
The most frustrating thing is when you go through a book and then you realize that the whole book can be summarized in about 1/10 of the book. Many self-development books are filled with examples and studies. I think this is what makes the book so boring to read.
Before I discovered Blinkist I listened to many of my self-development books in my car using Audible. This was a great solution for me for practically a year. But the problem was I started to feel like I was forgetting past books I’ve read. My wish list on Audible was seemingly endless so I was not looking forward to going through a book I’ve already listened to.
Blinkist – A Better Way to Read
Blinkist was the solution to all my problems. Blinkist has a library of over 1,000+ best selling nonfiction books which have been summarized for you. These can be read in less than 15 minutes! This was exactly what I was looking for. Now I can go back and pick up all the nuggets of information from previous books without having to go through the entire book. Not only that but I can also shorten my seemingly endless library on Audible by finding them on Blinkist first and see whether or not they are good before I pick it up on Audible or pick up a physical copy.
Better yet, you can try it out for free! They have three plans:
You can start for free but it has very limited functionality. You get one random book a day and it will tell you what upcoming book you will get. You choose the categories you want and it will choose a book for you. The free plan is great to sort of test the waters and see if you like these summaries. This is a great place to just test the service but ultimately you want to choose the books that will help you personally the most. If you’re problem is overcoming fear it might take weeks to get a good book to help you do that! Note that this is absolutely free it is NOT a trial! So no credit card is needed.
The plus plan is great if you like to read. This allows you to pick any book you want. This is when the value starts to kick in. Within a day, you can read all the self-development books you need to and discover which ones are worthwhile to purchase. You can even read your books offline like on an airplane. So even if you travel you can read.
The premium plan is the plan that I have. Since I do like to listen to audio books I thought the Premium would be worth it for me. I don’t personally have a Kindle but if you do the Premium plan also offers Kindle support.
How It All Works
Blinkist is pretty straightforward and Blinkist doesn’t encourage wasting time. The whole product is about saving time. So as soon as you open a book you will be taken instantly to the first blink – or page summary.
Finding books couldn’t be easier because like Audible, Blinkist divides its book into many different categories:
When you go into a book you can see whether the book is in audio format and it gives you a quick
summary of the book, the author as well as what type of person should read this book.
Once you click ‘Read Now’ you will be taken to your first blink or first page summary. The book is also added to your library.
When you start to read the book summary it always starts off with a “What’s in it for me” section. This is basically a summary of the blinks you are about to read. It will tell you if this blink is worth your time.
The blinks you already read are marked with a green checkmark. As you can see the interface is easy to navigate and understand. Each blink is kind of like a subsection for an idea or lesson. So when you click on an item from the list on the left, a short summary of that lesson is displayed from the book. Going through the blinks on the left is a great way to remember what you read and if you need more clarification you can click on that blink and it will give you a short summary explaining that idea.
You can also adjust the size of the text at the bottom. Navigation is easy. All you need to do is use green arrows. You can also highlight important parts or share every blink –or part of a blink through social media!
At the end of each book you will reach a final summary. This is basically another book summary and helps you memorize what you just read. My favorite part is that it also gives you actionable advice that you can implement right now!
Once you’re done you can hit a green checkmark to add it to your finished section of your library. Once you do this you will be taken to a screen where you can favorite or buy the book.
Other feature include:
- You can vote on which books should be blinked next.
- You can refer friends to get 7 days of free Blinkist
- You can visit all of your highlights and share them on social media.
The design of Blinkist is very simple and you really feel like it’s really trying to save you time. There is no clutter and it is really focused on getting you the best experience possible in the least amount of time. All in all Blinkist is a huge time saver. For only $49.99 a year you can read a book a day for only $0.14 a day. For $79.99 a year or $0.22 a day you can listen to a book a day.
I think there is still a lot of a benefit to reading an entire book. If fact I wouldn’t use Blinkist to ‘read’ book. I would use Blinkist to see if a book is worth to read. Or use it to summarize past books you’ve read to remind you of what you did read. While Blinkist is certainly not a replacement for reading books it is a great way to show you which books are worth while to read. With Blinkist you can literally learn something everyday.
From here I would do two things:
- Browse Blinkist to get a good feel of the site.
- Try out the free trial if you are ready to give it a shot!
Whatever your choice thank you for reading and I hope this review has helped you out in making your decision.
Have a great day!