Before we dive in, we are glad to announce an exclusive 30% Blinkist bonus for our visitors – for a limited time, it is possible to purchase the Premium subscription plan at a significant discount. In order to use the promo-code, you’ll need to follow the step-by-step instructions at the end of this guide; alright, now that that’s out there, let’s start with a question:
Why Should I Even Consider Using Blinkist?
Well, the number of newly published books has been growing so rapidly in the last decades that some have called it a “book explosion”. With thousands of fresh titles being written every year, how do you keep up with your constantly growing to-read list?!
This is where Wedge Charles Lou by Sandal Nude David Women's Charles X6U8xw6qR comes in – by offering easy-to-digest versions of popular books, it helps you to better navigate the ever-expanding ocean of human knowledge and wisdom – thus becoming a better human yourself.
In this in-depth review, we will scrutinize Blinkist from all possible angles, based on our 24-month testing period – with the goal of answering the following questions:
- Is It Worth Paying for a Blinkist subscription?
- Are there any alternatives that are better?
- How is Blinkist any better than full books?
- How to use Blinkist in the most effective manner?
- How to save $24 on a Blinkist Premium subscription?
By the end of this guide, you will be armed with all the information you need to make a decision on whether to go for a Blinkist Premium subscription, and how to use it to efficiently to read dozens of books each month. Let’s get to it!
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The Mobile Apps
Blinkist Web Service
Pros and Cons of Blinkist
Blinkist for Teams
Blinkist vs getAbstract
Blinkist vs Joosr
Blinkist vs Instaread
Blinkist vs Soundview
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Using Blinkist Effectively
Is It Worth Paying for Blinkist?
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So What Is Blinkist, Exactly?
To put it simply, Wedge Charles Lou by Sandal Nude David Women's Charles X6U8xw6qR is a non-fiction book summary serviceAltos Genuine Men's Black Western 3X EEL Toe Los Leather Boots IPCxdxw. There are thousands of book abstracts, or blinks, in the Blinkist library, and new titles are being added all the time. Each blink is structured as a self-contained narrative that can be read (or listened to) in about 15 minutes.White Women's MARLEY6 Silver Sneaker Tretorn Vintage wT1qPqA
The blinks are subdivided into sections for better comprehension, beginning with an intro, which gives an idea of what the book is about and “what’s in it for the reader”, and ending with a summary of the book’s key thoughts as well as pieces of actionable advice. To sum up, here are the key facts you should know about blinks:
Being the provider of bite-sized morsels of knowledge, Wedge Charles Lou by Sandal Nude David Women's Charles X6U8xw6qR really makes sure the summaries are available in just about any situation by providing several ways to access the content: via a browser-based online service, a mobile app, or even a direct Kindle link. We will review each of the ways of using Blinkist below:
Blinkist Mobile App
The Blinkist interface you’ll be using the most is its mobile app, because it covers the (arguably) most popular use case of Blinkist. And that’s reading or listening to blinks on the go – while commuting, walking, or just waiting for a friend to show up in a café.
The app is available in Android and iOS versions; the interface is subdivided into four areas available from the bottom tabs: Discover, Library, Activity, and Profile. The most useful of them is the Library, which lists the blinks you’ve saved into your personal collection.
There are filters which allow showing or hiding the blinks according to their state (not started, in progress, finished), with the reading progress being conveniently hinted by a subtly coloured background bar on each item.
The reading interface is minimalist and distraction-free: the only buttons visible are “back”, “audio”, and “text size”, and even they can be hidden by simply tapping the main text. Swiping right or left flips the page, and the green progress bar at the bottom of the screen unobtrusively indicates the current position in the blink.
Having used Wedge Charles Lou by Sandal Nude David Women's Charles X6U8xw6qR for more than 2 years, we can definitely conclude that one of the most useful features of the Blinkist app is the audio versions of the blinks, which allow ingesting them while keeping your eyes and your hands free for other activities – ideal for walking, commuting, jogging, hiking, etc.
You can even click on the icon with earphones and a down arrow next to a blink in your library to download the audio version to your device’s internal storage; and be able to listen to it offline – quite useful for flights or times off the grid.
After testing the audio feature extensively during several months, we can characterize its overall quality as moderate to high: the speakers have varying but mostly non-irritating voices, the above mentioned variation actually helps in not getting bored from listening to the same person over and over again. In terms of technical implementation, there are very few hiccups, and the issue rate has been declining over time.
Speaking of the latter, the most common issue that has been spotted so far is the freezing of sound during the transition from one part of a blink to the next – this can sometimes happen on a weak data connection or after unexpectedly losing connectivity. Restarting the app solves such problem in all observed cases.
It should be noted that the audio is not included in the free version of Wedge Charles Lou by Sandal Nude David Women's Charles X6U8xw6qR, i.e. it is only available in the Premium subscription plan – more on that later.
Blinkist Web Service
Once you create an account with Blinkist, you gain access to an online profile which also contains your personal library, allowing you to read or listen to blinks from your laptop or desktop computer. It has two separate tabs for ongoing and finished reading, where each item is simply a link to the blink with a handy progress indicator at the bottom:
Just like the app, the in-browser reading interface has been designed in minimalist style, with every detail aimed at contributing to a distraction-free reading experience.
The entire menu has been removed in favour of three buttons: the home link (leads back to your library), the contents button which open a slide-in overlay with the structure of the current blink, as well as the font size control. Not much, but in reality, that’s all you need to focus entirely on the abstract at hand.
The web service is of course synchronized automatically with the Blinkist mobile app, which allows you to seamlessly continue reading across all your devices.
Overall, the browser version of Wedge Charles Lou by Sandal Nude David Women's Charles X6U8xw6qR is as distraction-free and easy to use as the mobile app, yet based on over 24 months of testing it has been used much less often than the app. This is probably due to the fact that you can’t do much else on a hands-free smartphone (apart from listening to music), but there are many more things on the web that compete for your attention.
Now that we’ve looked at the Blinkist offering, let’s discuss the pricing and see if it’s worth moving to a paid subscription:
The service is built on a freemium model, which means there are both a free version (without an expiration term) as well as paid versions. The former gives you access to one blink per day; the blink is selected automatically, i.e. you don’t get to decide which ones you can read.
At a cost of $79.99 per year (which can be reduced to $56 per year for the first year using our exclusive 30% discount), you’ll be able to read any number of blinks at any time you like, as well as unlock audio versions and useful extras such as passage highlighting (useful for remembering the most interesting places in the blinks you read and getting back to them later).
While useful for acquainting yourself with the service, the free version does not function well as a long-term solution for those who want to read specific blinks. For full access to the entire library of over 2000 book abstracts, you’ll need to get the Premium version.
Apart from that, our main reason for staying with the Premium plan are audio versions of summaries: as mentioned in the previous section, we’ve found that listening to blinks on a hands-free phone is the most convenient way of adding some more useful reading time to your day.
The Premium version also allows storing the blinks locally on your mobile device and reading them without an Internet connection, which is ideal for flights and other transportation modes with low or no network availability.
In addition to that, you will unlock the full audio versions of all blinks; those can also be stored on your smartphone or tablet for offline listening. Plus, you will be able to sync your highlights with your Evernote account and send blinks directly to your Kindle for a more eyesight-friendly reading experience.
Is It Easy to Cancel?
In order to be called truly user-friendly, a service also needs to offer an easy and clear procedure for cancelling an existing paid account. While preparing for this review, we’ve tried stopping a Blinkist Premium subscription in various ways, and the most important takeaway is that your cancellation options depend on the platform you’ve used to subscribe in the first place: if you’ve purchased your Premium via their website, you can click on “You — Settings” in the top right corner of the Blinkist web interface, and then click on “Cancel subscription” the your “Account” tab. Quite straightforward!
If you’ve subscribed via an Android smartphone, the Premium plan, just like pretty much any other thing you buy on an Android, will be stored in the Play app – so you’ll need to unsubscribe there: just click on the three-line menu button in the top left corner of your Play app, and then go to “Account – Subscriptions” in the drop-down menu.
If you’re using an iPhone instead, you’ll need to go to the “Settings” app, click on “iTunes and App Store”, select your Apple ID, and click on “View Apple ID”. In both cases, you will be presented with a list of your active subscriptions; just locate Blinkist Premium among them and click on “Cancel”.
In case of any difficulties with the paid plan it is highly recommended to approach Blinkist’s support team – they’re quick to reply and always friendly.
Pros and Cons
In this section we will summarize the advantages of using Blinkist as well as point out certain areas for improvement:
- Access to condensed summaries of the best non-fiction books gives the opportunity to absorb maximum knowledge and wisdom, flexibly and quickly.
- Blinks are subdivided into logical sections and feature short summaries (“a blink of a blink”) for maximum comprehension.
- Web interface as well as mobile apps for both Android and iOS devices. Possibility to sync the personal blink library into a Kindle.
- Less expensive than any existing competing service of book abstracts, given the library size and available features.
- Useful for pre-selecting the books for reading in full as well as acquainting yourself with new ideas, concepts, and facts. Can be synced with an Evernote account.
- Possibility to send feedback on existing blinks regarding both style/grammar as well as content.
- The audio version of the content allows for distraction-free absorption of the abstracts while reducing eye strain.
- The highlighting feature enables storing specific snippets and retrieving the most important parts of the blinks later on.
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- Clean and modern design of both the web and mobile versions of the app; the interface is easy to learn and intuitive to use.
- While using the mobile app, the library might sometimes need to be refreshed manually (by holding and pulling down on the screen) to stay current with the blinks added from the web interface.
- Audio can freeze on rare occasions when transitioning from one part of a blink to the next, observed during poor connectivity of the host device.
- It is not yet possible to recommend the blinks you read to other people who use Blinkist directly from within the app (need to share a link instead).
Blinkist for Teams
The company has recently unveiled a new offering, which is in practice an additional pricing plan: Blinkist for Teams. It works exactly as you’d expect – a bulk subscription option for 10+ people, each getting all the features of Blinkist Premium at a discount.
The latter depends on the number of user accounts you purchase and ranges from 32% ($549 for 10 people, or $54.9 per person per year) to 50% ($1999 for 50 people, or $39.99 per person per year). In order to obtain custom pricing for larger teams you will need to contact Blinkist directly.
Apart from the hefty discount, the main benefits of giving your entire team access to a library of condensed non-fiction bestsellers are better mutual understanding due to multi-disciplinary new knowledge and insights, as well as tighter bonding because of all the additional shared subjects to discuss and books to experience.
Notable Competitors: Better Than Blinkist?
As with any other web service, it would be odd if Blinkist was alone in its niche – indeed, you can read book summaries in other places as well, including specialized apps. Among the closest competitors, it is worth mentioning getAbstract, Joosr, and Instaread, with the former being the most comprehensive alternative as far as the feature set goes.
While Wedge Charles Lou by Sandal Nude David Women's Charles X6U8xw6qR is not the only non-fiction book abstract service in existence, there are certain important features that help it differentiate from competing offers. Let’s dive into more detail and see how each of them stacks up against Blinkist:
Blinkist vs getAbstract
As Blinkist focuses primarily on personal and small-medium company use, Sienna Multi Jacobs Marc Women's Gold xqSRaPw0g is geared towards corporate clients, offering a library of condensed non-fiction books (some of them highly technical), articles, video talks and economic reports.
The collection is much wider than that of Blinkist, offering 5000+ titles for the Starter and Starter+ plans and over 15000 titles for the more advanced plans. The catch? The smaller library does not contain such topics as Leadership, Management, Sales, Finance, and Marketing, which effectively means that these (rather popular) categories are not available for personal plans.
In terms of pricing, getAbstract offers four plans, with the least expensive, Starter, costing $68 per year, which is less expensive than Blinkist Premium, yet offers only partial library access and no audio summaries. The audio-enabled Starter+ plan costs $115 per year, which is an even wider price gap compared to the respective Blinkist Premium subscription.
The Pro plan with full access to the library will set you back a whopping $348 per year, and the Company plan pricing depends on the specific needs of the user. There are also two separate offers for students, though, which cost $22 and $45 for a limited or full library, respectively.
While getAbstract offers additional features such as multi-dimensional summary ratings and the possibility to structure your personal library with the help of tags, Blinkist’s clean and minimalist interface doesn’t exactly leave an impression of being under-developed as well.
The pricing speaks clearly in favour of Blinkist, yet those with the craving for the widest possible choice of titles and media channels will definitely find the getAbstract Pro plan an interesting investment into personal and professional growth.
Blinkist vs Joosr
Another notable competitor is UKs Joosr, a mobile-first microlearning service similarly offering summaries of non-fiction books. The library contains 250+ titles, which is about an order of magnitude less than Blinkist, available for reading from an Android/iOS app or browser account.
Joosr offers a free 15-day trial which allows reading 5 book abstracts of your choice. After the expiration of the demo period you will need to purchase one of the paid plans to continue using the service. Joosr Premium ($71.88 per year) allows full access to the library yet does not have audio abstracts.
The Prime subscription ($83.88 per year) adds the possibility to listen to audio versions of the summaries (5% more expensive than Blinkist Premium), while the Select plan, while more expensive on a per-year basis, allows monthly billing cycles ($7.99 per month).
Taking into account the smaller choice of books, the higher pricing, and the fact that Joosr’s reader as well as user interface overall feel significantly more dated, there seems to be little sense in choosing this particular service over Blinkist.
Blinkist vs Instaread
As is frequently the case in a specific online services niche, there’s that one competitor with a mobile-first, Apple-only offer. For book abstracts, it’s Instaread – an iPhone and iPad app with a 600-strong library of the most popular non-fiction book abstracts. Each is available in text and as an audio file, with the possibility to buy the full audiobook right within the app if you liked the shortened version.
The app offers a 7-day trial, after which you will need to choose one of the paid options – either a monthly billing plan for $8.99 per month, or the plan with a yearly billing cycle for $89.99 per year.
This is just 10% more expensive than the comparable Blinkist Premium plan, yet one should bear in mind that Blinkist is available on more platforms, including an Android app and a web version; moreover, Instaread’s library is considerably smaller, which means that it’s actually really possible to run out of titles in the entire category(ies) of your interest.
Blinkist vs Soundview
Soundview is another noteworthy competitor of Blinkist, having been offering executive education since 1978 and recently revamping their online presence with a newly designed website (Summary.com).
The service is available as a website, and a mobile app, allowing you to take Soundview with you anywhere you go.
The key difference compared to Blinkist is that the basic offer of Soundview consists of a monthly batch instead of full library access: the Standard plan subscribers ($99 per year) receive summaries of 3 most notable new books published during the month, in both textual and audio form.
Unlimited access to the full archive of summaries will set you back $199 (Professional plan), and the Premier plan ($299 per year) will also grant access to the video library, containing business tips and book summaries.
Another interesting addition to the list of Soundview features are live webinars with book authors and business influencers, conducted on a regular basis for all paying subscribers.
Overall, this is a more pricey alternative to Blinkist that is worth considering for those who are interested mainly in business literature and are focused on staying current on the fresh publications – unlimited library access at Soundview is just too expensive compared even with Blinkist’s $79.99 per year Premium offer.
In order to visualize the differences in the key parameters of Blinkist and its competitors, such as price points and the size of the library of summaries, we’ve compiled this table:
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The above data suggests that Wedge Charles Lou by Sandal Nude David Women's Charles X6U8xw6qR not only offers more attractive pricing compared to its major competitors, but also looks good when we take into account the library size: its value for money becomes even higher when we include the interface and features into the picture.
Using Blinkist Effectively
The most important thing to understand with respect to Blinkist is that it is by no means incompatible with reading full books: while it does help eliminate some reading of that type, as we’ll see below, the real power of Blinkist can be unlocked when actually combining it with reading full titles. Let’s look at some ways it can be done:
- Pre-selecting books: there are countless books out there, and only so much time in each day; this means you will have to be rather picky with what you read if you want to maximize your reading value. Here’s where Blinkist comes in handy – by going through the blinks you can filter out some of the books that aren’t going to be worth your while for various reasons (e.g. too few new ideas, weak arguments, irrelevant or simply uninteresting to you). This can help save massive amounts of money (and time) by helping you pay only for those books which are truly worth it. See the next section of this review for some figures to support this idea.
- Pre-scanning books: before immersing yourself into a new book, it may often be worth scanning its content to have an overall idea of what the author is trying to say. This strategy has been described in great detail in the 1940 classic by Mortimer J. Adler called “How to Read a Book”. The author argues that is makes sense to approach a new book in steps, going deeper with each iteration; the “pre-reading” phase, or inspectional reading, as Adler calls it, helps absorbing the basics of the book in the most time-efficient manner and deciding whether or not the book is worth a closer inspection. By the way, this book is also available on Blinkist :)
- Recapping books: another situation where Blinkist can be helpful is reminding yourself the essence of a book you’ve already read a while ago. There are some titles which are so good it’s worth going back to them from time to time and re-incorporating their ideas into your worldview. Otherwise, a certain book can prove more valuable to you as time goes by and outside conditions change – and re-reading a blink of it can help you quickly refresh your memory.
One example of an effective usage strategy for Wedge Charles Lou by Sandal Nude David Women's Charles X6U8xw6qR is as follows: first, compile a list of books that might be interesting for you to read (e.g. from recommendations or one of those “what famous people read” articles). After that, add the respective blinks to your personal library on Blinkist and go through them in a methodical manner (e.g. 2-3 per week).
Make notes after reading each blink, detailing whether it got you interested in the book. When this is done, you’ll have a filtered list of “worth reading” titles which you can now go through in full, by e.g. buying them from Amazon or at your local physical bookstore.
Is It Worth Paying for Blinkist?
This is one of the most frequent questions faced by the new users of the service; each has to answer it for themselves according to own preferences, yet here’s a way to put the cost of the Blinkist Premium subscription into perspective.
At $79.99 per year, the annual payment translates into $6.67 per month – which is roughly equivalent to 1-2 cups (depending on where you live) of takeaway coffee from your favourite coffeeshop chain; not a high price to pay for access to the repository of condensed knowledge of the human race.
Another way to consider Blinkist pricing is by looking from the perspective of its function of pre-selecting full books. The average price for the most popular Blinkist titles is approximately $11 on Amazon (Kindle e-book versions).
If we take into account the fact that book quality varies and not every single one feels like it was worth your time afterwards, you can expect to spend $20-$30 per worthy book on average. Blinkist can help reduce this cost several times over, at a fixed price of less than $7 per month, by helping pre-select which books to read in full.
To sum up, the annual billing cycle of the service masks the fact that Wedge Charles Lou by Sandal Nude David Women's Charles X6U8xw6qR costs no more than two takeaway coffees per month, all the while also saving money by helping to pick full-size books more effectively.
Bonus: Blinkist Promo Code -30%
We are proud to offer an awesome deal in cooperation with Blinkist: an exclusive coupon code that allows saving $24 on the first year of a Blinkist Premium plan. In order to use the promo, please take the following steps –
- If you don’t have a free account on Blinkist yet, go to their official website and create one. You’ll only need an email and a password, or you can use your Facebook credentials to create an account in a single click. If you already have an account on Blinkist, you can skip this part.
- Click the button below to visit the official pricing page of the Blinkist service (it will open in a new window automatically):
- On the plans page, choose the one that suits you best and click on the respective green button below it. You will be redirected to the checkout page.
- On the checkout page, locate the green “Have a discount code?” link in the right sidebar, located under the features list. In case you don’t see the link, the coupon code below has already been applied automatically!
Click on the link, revealing a new text field, where you can copy and paste the following coupon code:LUCKY30
- Click “apply” below the field and the discount will automatically be subtracted from your purchase price. Enjoy the best repository of condensed knowledge for less!
Over to You!
Overall, Wedge Charles Lou by Sandal Nude David Women's Charles X6U8xw6qR is a well-thought-through service that inspires to read more and makes it easy to do so as well. Apart from value for money, its most prominent features include a large library, a clutter-free reading interface on multiple devices, and audio abstracts that help absorb new knowledge on the go.
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