Let’s face it, we’re living in an age where a lot of information is generated every second, so who’s got time to read all about it? Especially when we want to see as much as we can in a glance, that’s basically the functionality offered by current smartwatches and the tendency seems to be here to stay. Blinkist is an app created to work with mobile devices which allow users to read summaries (called Blinks) of many books that would take less than 15 minutes of reading. This app, in particular, offers nonfiction readings and the Blinks are created from bestseller lists of books and user suggestions to find the most interesting ones. Then a group of experts find the most valuable insights of a certain reading, they structure them and finally they write them thoughtfully to be as clear and simple as possible, so users can rest assured that these are not made by an algorithm.
They currently have over 1,000 titles available and around 40 more are added every month. Some of the topics include leadership, management or sales as well as some that could help in fields such as productivity, psychology, time management or health. Also, some of the best-selling books of economics, politics, current affairs, popular science or history can be found as Blinks. To start your interest in a certain topic, they have also curated some lists and they created some key messages that can be read in two minutes. Blinks can then be read offline or they can even be listened to in their audio versions.
Blinkist is offered in a freemium service, you could sign up for a free plan which includes one pre-selected book every day to read and you can browse their Discover section. With Blinkist Plus you can choose any books of their growing library, store them offline and even make some highlights, it is priced at $49.99 per year. Blinkist Premium includes all of the Plus features, additionally you can listen to the audio versions, sync your highlights to Evernote and send some reads to a Kindle, this typically costs $79.99 a year, but now you can get this for $29.99 on StackCommerce, that makes for 62% of savings, so if you’re interested you might want to check that out.