What if you could have any of over 2000 books reduced to a summary of key points you could read or listen to in 15 minutes? That’s Blinkist, and they’re a huge timesaver when it comes to learning new information. I like to think of them as CliffsNotes for books you actually want to read but don’t have time.
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I’m setting aside for another day the burning question of when CliffsNotes became a single, camel-cased word – I swear they weren’t that trendy back in the dark ages when I was in high school. Blinkist launched in early 2016 with the idea that you could read their short blinks – key points of a book – while waiting for something: the checkout clerk, a bank teller, your kid’s soccer practice to finish, whatever. The addition of audio blinks meant you could also listen while jogging, commuting, doing household chores, etc.
- Over 2000 titles, adding around 40 more per month
- Read or listen in only 15 minutes
- Sample of categories: Entrepreneurship, Business, Science, Health & Fitness, Psychology, Money & Finance, Parenting, and more
- Offers curated lists in particular topic areas (e.g., Derek Sivers list of 10 motivation books)
Free: 1 pre-selected “book of the day”
Plus: $49.99/year, includes all titles, ability to highlight sections, read offline. 1 pre-selected “audiobook of the day”
Premium: $79.99 Includes all titles and audio blinks. Highlighting adds saving highlights to Evernote. Read offline allows you to send your blinks to Kindle
Team options for companies, 10-50 licenses.
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Blinkist – https://www.blinkist.com