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Blinkist – Review of Book Summary App

Published by Amanda Brown on

In this Blinkist Review, I outline how to use the app and show you its main features.

Blinkist is ‘try before you buy' book summary app for desktop and mobile where you can read or listen to 15-minute summaries of over 2,500 non-fiction books across a range of categories.

I would highly recommend using the app if you are researching a particular subject in-depth and want to get an overview of the most popular non-fiction books on the topic before diving in and buying the titles which you believe will give you the greatest insight and therefore warrant purchasing.

The text summaries consist of about 12 screens and you need to click to move from one to the next. The audio version plays through the whole Blink automatically. You can stop at any point to make notes or to navigate away if the title is of no interest.

Watch my Blinkist review here:

Blinkist Categories

blinkist review showing library

Blinkist has a topic for everyone and the books that are on the app are the best sellers in their category. Many of them are award-winning books by famous authors but there are some noticeable omissions such as Mark Schaefer author of seven well-known books on content creation and social media. I am particularly interested in the Productivity and Time Management, and the Personal growth and Self-improvement categories.

  • Entrepreneurship and Small Business
  • Politics
  • Marketing & Sales
  • Science
  • Health, Fitness & Nutrition
  • Personal growth and Self-improvement
  • Economics
  • History
  • Communication skills
  • Corporate culture
  • Management and leadership
  • Motivation & inspiration
  • Money and Investments
  • Psychology
  • Productivity and Time management
  • Sex and relationships
  • Technology and the Future
  • Mindfulness and Happiness
  • Parenting
  • Creativity
  • Biography and memoir
  • Education
  • Career and success
  • Nature and Environment
  • Religion and spirituality
  • Society and culture

Blinkist Features

At the top level you can see titles which have been recently added to the catalogue and also the most popular reads.

Your library in the app shows both the Blinks you are currently reading and the ones you have finished. The search facility works on both author and book title.

When you are reading a Blink you can highlight a section and it will be ‘bookmarked'. You can then use these highlights to share on social media.

If you switch notification on, the app will send you a daily suggestion.

Blinkist Review

I would highly recommend the app. I think it is great value for money. I like the fact that it is available on both desktop and mobile. I have the Apple version and read or listen to the Blinks on my iPad. The app is continuously updated with more titles. The highlight feature provides useful social media content.

It's 5 stars from me!

You can find more about Blinkist here: Book summary app

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