Blinkist Review: Ever Read 4 Books in One Day? Now you Can!

Are you one of those people who does not like to read books because it’s very lengthy? Or do you have a lot of books to read but got no time?

Remember few days back ShoutMeLoud posted about this video channel call Fight Mediocrity.

Wondering what this has to do with Book reading & What the hell is Blinkist?

Boy, then you are going to love this post.

We have reached a point in life where attention spans are the least.

Web sites just have seconds to convince a user if their product is good or not. This fast-paced world requires a new form of learning that is fast paced as well. Blinkist is here to help you learn faster through books, but with a twist.

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Blinkist is an application for iOS and Android that takes away only the important bits from a book, summarizes it, arranges it and gives it to the user. Understandably, it is for non-fiction books. So if you are looking for the cream of the content, then this is the application for you.

Who is Blinkist for? 

  1. If you don’t like reading books and have a very short attention span.
  2. You’ve already read a book but want a summary of the best points.
  3. If you want to know about a lot of different topics without going in depth
  4. If you want to start researching about a certain topic, Blinkist is a great start

Blinkist has an exhaustive list of categories to choose from which is pretty great.

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So today I’m going to take an example and see the difference between the  experience of reading a full book and reading the Blinkist.

Before that, you should check out this video to get an overview of What Blinkist is all about.

For this experiment, the book I’ll be comparing is Elon Musk : How the Billionaire CEO of SpaceX and Tesla is Shaping Our Future by Ashlee Vance.

I’m taking this particular book because that is the latest book I’ve read and the experience of reading the book is fresh in my memory.

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  • The complete book is about 421 pages long.
  • The Blinkist version is about 12 pages long.

I took lesser than a month to finish the complete book and 15 minutes for the Blinkist.

Every book with Blinkist has a good summary of what the book is about and also information about the author.

My favorite part is, who should read this book?

In the section below, one might not be Interested in say Elon Musk, but maybe interested in Aerospace. The ‘Who should read this book?’ section clearly outlines that it’s also for people who are interested in Aerospace, Automotive and Solar Industries.

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The Summary of all the chapters have very clear headings and give an Idea of what that section is going to contain.

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And finally, the content is simple, summarized and has short sentences that cover the most important aspects.

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What are the major differences between reading a book and using Blinkist?

  1. Blinkist is not for books that have a bit of an Inspiration. Summaries of biographies take the essence and inspiration out of the book.
  2. Some business books especially those that teach something, get repetitive because they want to hammer the idea into your head. With Blinkist, you get a superficial Idea of the content.
  3. The Impact of a book will not last long with Blinkist, unless you take action of Implementing what you’ve learnt.
  4. It’s a great way to be knowledgeable and have small  insights into different topics
  5. It is great for non-emotion based books. Books on marketing tips and strategies would be good through Blinkist
  6. Blinkist is a good idea for topics that you have no idea of. It could be the gateway app for learning more about a particular topic.
  7. It’s not good for getting in-depth into a topic.
  8. It is great for getting a good perspective on a topic because you can read close to 3 to 4 books within a day.

Blinkist Plus and Premium

The upgraded version of Blinkist gives you access to over 1,500 blinks(A book in a Blinkist version is called a blink) a month with over 40 titles.

The Premium version also lets you get audio version of all your blinks, as well as offline access. The premium version also offers the highlighting feature, where you can highlight the important points and it gets stored in your Evernote, where you can probably take action!

Download Blinkist for iOS || Download Blinkist for Android (Read all books free for first 3 days)

Has any of you used Blinkist, if so what do you think of it? Do you know of any similar smartphone apps? Let me know in the comment section below.

To read next: The Science Of Speed Reading & How To Read Faster & Save Time

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Hey Shouters! I'm Kishen and I'm a serial Entrepreneur and Author. I've written multiple books on Marketing and Growth and have helped startups grow their business! You can connect with me on Linkedin!

16 thoughts on “Blinkist Review: Ever Read 4 Books in One Day? Now you Can!”

  1. Raj+rana

    Blinkist is a pretty neat idea. My concern is just about how well written the summary is and if it can really capture the essence of the whole book. I’ll be checking it out.

  2. Louis Lh.

    We can learn so much fast using this tool, that is great but when reading 4 books along is not that effective though.

  3. Larry Frank

    Hi Kishensreehari,
    It’s good to see you here, I don’t know of blinklist, but you gave a well detailed article here about it, I sure will give it a trial.

  4. Hassan

    Yes, I agreed it is very difficult to read a complete book in a short span. I love to read a summary of main points. Blinkist is a great start with a list of categories to choose what you want to read. Great Post. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Kishensreehari

      Thanks for reading Hassan! Imagine if our school books were like that? So useful!

  5. goutam sachdeva

    I think BlinkList is the new arrival because i have not heard it before. But it looks awesome. Will give it a try

  6. Vikash Sharma

    Hi Kishen,
    This is an awesome and useful article. I do know about kindle as I use it but never heard about Blinkist. this is the first time I heard about it. So while reading this article I installed this app for my android phone and signed up. It asked me to choose the categories and the books I want to read.
    I have got three days for free to read these books. What I want to say is that this is a great app. Just to check, I selected one book which I read in past and this app showed me the summaries which were really useful. it saved time as well.
    Overall, a great and useful post. Thank u for sharing it with us.

    1. Kishensreehari

      Thanks for reading Vikash. You can literally read a book a day and have a lot of knowledge with an app like this!

  7. akshaykattam

    awesome post bro, you made mu day, this is one of the best application i am going to install, it used to take a long week to complete a single book and now i think its gona take only few hours and thank you for providing the download links.

    1. Kishensreehari

      Glad it helped Akshay!

  8. Anh Nguyen


    I’m one of those people with low attention span. Although I love to read books, it’s very hard to read a lot in a short period of time. And it can be frustrating to look at other interesting books while you’re only halfway through.

    Blinkist is a pretty neat idea. My concern is just about how well written the summary is and if it can really capture the essence of the whole book. I’ll be checking it out.

    Thanks for sharing!


    1. Kishensreehari

      You mentioned a good point! It depends on who is writing the summary.

  9. Alquileres Montevideo

    Hey Kishen, great post! Honestly I haven’t heard about Blinklist but now I’ll have to give it try. Is good to have a summary or an insight of what you need to know on those ebooks, specially when you don’t have enough time to read them all (some of us are busy people). Regards.

    1. Kishensreehari

      Thanks for reading!

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