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Blinkist: Powerful Ideas in 15 Min

Blinkist: Powerful Ideas in 15 Min

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Learn Key Insights From Bestselling Nonfiction Titles & Podcasts

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    Top entrepreneurs and CEOs read at least 15 books a month. How is that possible when going through the first 20 pages is already a drag? You don’t have to read from cover to cover. Blinkist lets you listen to 15-min essential points of the best non-fiction books out there.
    img by Sharon
    2 years ago
  • img Community
    The app made my reading fun and easy
    img by Khausalya
    2 years ago
  • img Community
    Instead of spending weeks on a thick, non-fiction book that all of your politically savvy friends say is a must-read, you can use your phone to read the 15-minute, condensed versions of helpful nonfiction resources. Staying up to date on the latest informative tools just got a lot easier.
    img by Aubrey
    1 year ago
  • img Community
    We all complain about having too little time in the day to get through our to-do list, never mind read a book from cover to cover. Blinkist can help here - by compacting book summaries into 15 minutes or less, the theory is that you can take away all the important info without having to read the whole thing.
    img by Snehal
    3 months ago
  • From 1-star to 5! Aug 9, 2021

    By Cynthia Kamweru
    I originally posted a review because I was charged on the app despite picking their trial period. I emailed them and I got a response within 2 hours. In that time I read 2 book summaries and already highlighted parts of my life that I want to improve, and set out the system to implement them. You can tell I read Atomic Habits by James Clear. So I decided to keep the subscription because reading does bring me a lot of joy but busy life doesn’t allow me to sit and read as often as I’d like. Blinkist allows me to take away the salient points and it’s app is easy to use too. One improvement I’d love is to be able to highlight and add your own notes. This would really elevate the app for me but already I’m loving it. Podcasts are fantastic especially when an author is on them but reading their content allows thoughts to turn into action as you have to sit and read as opposed to multitasking whilst listening. Fantastic app! Thanks again for your quick response!
  • Missing a lot of good books. Mar 25, 2020

    By Helloimbambi
    I’ve been a member for about 5-6 months now. I subscribed for a year when they had their Black Friday special. I love the concept of this app, I’m picky and I’ve only recently in the past two years gotten into reading (now I read everyday). This seemed like the perfect subscription for my dilemma of wanting to purchase and read many books, but avoid wasting my time with those that I weren’t what I was looking for. Also, for those I was only mildly interested in, I could listen to the Blinkist and get the general idea without wasting my money on a book I didn’t feel was worth the purchase. Anyway, the reason I’m only rating it 3 stars is because it’s missing a lot (I mean a lot) of books I’m interested in. Many of the books I’ve looked for aren’t obscure either. Most of what I’ve been reading and looking for are books on minimalism and some personal growth. They are also typically books I’ve seen reference to several times in multiple other minimalism books as well. I’m not sure if others have run into this problem with other genres or subjects but it’s been kinda disappointing. I won’t be continuing my subscription after this year is up. Not in a petty kind of way but it’s more like this subscription is not very helpful to me when hardly any of the books I’m interested in are on it. *Sadface*
  • Nov 29, 2021

    By Timothy Glaser
    Good summaries. Nice selection. I wanted to set things up for my payday and billing frequency. Couldn't do either simply. So now it's canceled till I decide to do different. Disappointed.
  • Nov 28, 2021

    By Travis Retzlaff
    Blinkist is a great way to get massive amounts of information from great book in a minimal amount of time. It can even be a companion when reading a book, allowing you to learn better.
  • Nov 3, 2021

    By Christina Weber
    I'm sooooo disappointed. I waited ALL DAY until i had time to read a blink i actually had an interest in, which is rare. As i was reading, the clock literally struck midnight and it kicked me out, and then made me forward to today's blink, and i couldn't go back and read the blink i actually wanted without paying $15/month. I'll go buy the actual book on Amazon before i pay $15 for the blink. I am super bummed :'(
  • Perfect blend of an audiobook, spark notes and a podcast! Jul 20, 2020

    By AC -... Reviews
    This app is amazing. It’s the perfect blend of an audiobook, spark notes, and a podcast. I have already recommended it to a number of my friends and family. I work in a time intensive role and used to love reading and constant learning, specifically nonfiction. I’ve found audiobooks are great - but I don’t have much time or attention to dedicate (and sometimes I want to drive and workout in silence to decompress). Then podcasts have a lot of extra ‘fluff’ sometimes. Blinklist gets down to the points in a concise manner, just like our favorite spark notes growing up. I love walking away with new information and insights with only ~15 minutes spent. It’s definitely worth the price. The only downside is it doesn’t have an Apple Watch app version. I’d love to be able to download to my watch and listen while out for runs/walks without having to bring my phone.
  • From 1-star to 5! Aug 9, 2021

    By Cynthia Kamweru
    I originally posted a review because I was charged on the app despite picking their trial period. I emailed them and I got a response within 2 hours. In that time I read 2 book summaries and already highlighted parts of my life that I want to improve, and set out the system to implement them. You can tell I read Atomic Habits by James Clear. So I decided to keep the subscription because reading does bring me a lot of joy but busy life doesn’t allow me to sit and read as often as I’d like. Blinkist allows me to take away the salient points and it’s app is easy to use too. One improvement I’d love is to be able to highlight and add your own notes. This would really elevate the app for me but already I’m loving it. Podcasts are fantastic especially when an author is on them but reading their content allows thoughts to turn into action as you have to sit and read as opposed to multitasking whilst listening. Fantastic app! Thanks again for your quick response!
  • Missing a lot of good books. Mar 25, 2020

    By Helloimbambi
    I’ve been a member for about 5-6 months now. I subscribed for a year when they had their Black Friday special. I love the concept of this app, I’m picky and I’ve only recently in the past two years gotten into reading (now I read everyday). This seemed like the perfect subscription for my dilemma of wanting to purchase and read many books, but avoid wasting my time with those that I weren’t what I was looking for. Also, for those I was only mildly interested in, I could listen to the Blinkist and get the general idea without wasting my money on a book I didn’t feel was worth the purchase. Anyway, the reason I’m only rating it 3 stars is because it’s missing a lot (I mean a lot) of books I’m interested in. Many of the books I’ve looked for aren’t obscure either. Most of what I’ve been reading and looking for are books on minimalism and some personal growth. They are also typically books I’ve seen reference to several times in multiple other minimalism books as well. I’m not sure if others have run into this problem with other genres or subjects but it’s been kinda disappointing. I won’t be continuing my subscription after this year is up. Not in a petty kind of way but it’s more like this subscription is not very helpful to me when hardly any of the books I’m interested in are on it. *Sadface*
  • Nov 29, 2021

    By Timothy Glaser
    Good summaries. Nice selection. I wanted to set things up for my payday and billing frequency. Couldn't do either simply. So now it's canceled till I decide to do different. Disappointed.
  • Nov 28, 2021

    By Travis Retzlaff
    Blinkist is a great way to get massive amounts of information from great book in a minimal amount of time. It can even be a companion when reading a book, allowing you to learn better.
  • Nov 3, 2021

    By Christina Weber
    I'm sooooo disappointed. I waited ALL DAY until i had time to read a blink i actually had an interest in, which is rare. As i was reading, the clock literally struck midnight and it kicked me out, and then made me forward to today's blink, and i couldn't go back and read the blink i actually wanted without paying $15/month. I'll go buy the actual book on Amazon before i pay $15 for the blink. I am super bummed :'(
  • Perfect blend of an audiobook, spark notes and a podcast! Jul 20, 2020

    By AC -... Reviews
    This app is amazing. It’s the perfect blend of an audiobook, spark notes, and a podcast. I have already recommended it to a number of my friends and family. I work in a time intensive role and used to love reading and constant learning, specifically nonfiction. I’ve found audiobooks are great - but I don’t have much time or attention to dedicate (and sometimes I want to drive and workout in silence to decompress). Then podcasts have a lot of extra ‘fluff’ sometimes. Blinklist gets down to the points in a concise manner, just like our favorite spark notes growing up. I love walking away with new information and insights with only ~15 minutes spent. It’s definitely worth the price. The only downside is it doesn’t have an Apple Watch app version. I’d love to be able to download to my watch and listen while out for runs/walks without having to bring my phone.
  • Nov 6, 2021

    By Kelsey Batton
    I love this app it is well worth the money. I love audio books, and book summaries are so nice. I've learned a lot so far. I use a technique called pairing to accomplish things I'd rather not have to do. So I listen to these audio book summaries while I brush my teeth, and it really gives me the incentive to do that.
  • Needs more books but overall a great app May 11, 2020

    By STK Clothing Co.
    I’ve been using Blinklist for about 3 weeks now, and in my short time using this app, I don’t have many criticisms. As an avid book reader myself, sometimes its hard to find the motivation to read one. Some unfortunately just drone on and on, without presenting the underlying message in a easily digestible manner. This app provides a shortcut for users who simply just don’t have the time and or patience to sit and read for hours on end. The book summaries, provide it users with the authors main points, and while relatively short, are quite insightful. If I had one criticism with this app, it’s that it NEEDS MORE BOOKS! The content of the app is encompasses a lot of subjects, but at times seems “limited” in quantity. (I use that word sparingly). Overall I think that blinklist has the potential to be a groundbreaking app, but the developers need to refine it more and add a lot more content. In conclusion, it’s a great app, totally recommend!
  • Sep 22, 2021

    By Bruno DiGiorgi
    I like the concept, not the app. When I open the app, I should be delivered to my library, not suggestions. Most people are listening to blinkist when they're doing something else, like driving. So having to navigate to a different window every time a module is done is needlessly burdensome, distracting, and rather annoying.
  • Don't Waste Your Time With Podcasts & Reading Entire Books Apr 18, 2021

    By Ninjutsuski
    If you're an intelligent and a "motivated-lazy" millennial (like me), you're probably familiar CliffsNotes from life in academia. Why waste your precious will power in astute reading comprehension on literature read by thousands? Some gotta be better at it than you (despite you scoring 780 in it on your SAT) and have shared their findings. Here's what you've tried so far: *Searched Audible for book summaries from sketchy companies (where ironically English is their second language). *Tried Medium post summaries. *Followed those self-help gurus that rehash established material in their podcasts only to deceive you. These podcasts are actually made up of 30% sales talk about their sponsor and/or their products and 50% about their guest and 20% about the material in their podcast's title. It's a for-profit show, not PBS. Let's be honest with yourself. None of the above options helped you or made good use of your attention and time. Blinkist makes good use of your time and makes you think. Oh but I have to pay them! The horror! Well tally up all the time you wasted on your attempts to get here over the past year or two and multiply that by your hourly rate. Can you afford Blinkist now? Bet you can and a gift subscription or two! Don't fall for the free stuff - you get what you pay for! Class dismissed!
  • Be careful! They take your $100 and won’t refund Sep 6, 2019

    By Scott R H
    I thought I’d give this 7 day free period a go and see why it was about. I unfortunately had to leave town and got busy that week and didn’t get a chance to really look into it. I had it scheduled in my diary that day to cancel the renewal but arrived home a few hours too late it seems. As soon as the week expired I got charged $100 and put on an annual plan. No more than 2 hours after this happened, I contacted Blinkist and asked for a refund as I simply hadn’t seen that I’d be signed up for a $100 annual plan if I missed the cancel date. Most of these kinds of apps are monthly at worst and I would have swallowed the monthly fee If I’d missed the cancel date. They told me that they couldn’t do anything and suggested I try iTunes. I’ve contacted iTunes 3 times now and have not had one real response other than an auto response stating it’s not available for refund. I’m furious as I simply can’t afford it right now and you should always have a window after payment for something that as it’s simply a use as you go type of arrangement. Now I don’t even want to use it because it’s left such a bad taste in my mouth. If it’s such a great product, then they shouldn’t have to prey on those that forget to cancel their trial on time to then charge them $100. Pretty unhappy.
  • One slight problem might keep me from staying Apr 6, 2018

    By small hobbit
    Edit: also, the people they have summarizing the books have a problem with keeping their own personal opinions out of the summary, which begs the question as to what else they might be adding or removing to these. I’ve changed my review to 1 star due to this because I’d really rather just read the actual book and know the author’s actual thoughts than be preached to by a second-hand source. I decided to try this since I’ve been hearing about it everywhere right now. Unfortunately, I don’t have the money for a subscription right now so I’ll have to make due with the one free that’s unlocked daily. The only problem I have is that if you add the daily free blink to your library under a free account there’s no way to delete it the next day because it goes back to being just another premium locked into your library. This makes it really hard to want to stay with this service if you can’t remove things after a lapsed payment since these short form “blinks” could really start to clutter up after awhile. Having a delete option, even if the blink is currently locked due to no being a subscriber, would be a nice improvement. Without it, I’m not actually sure I will continue using this, or even suggest that others use this service.
  • Nov 13, 2021

    By G
    You managed to break playback..even for pre downloaded audio. Already paid but now need to cancel. I really enjoyed the content while it lasted
  • BORING - NOT EVEN WORTH THE TRIAL Dec 4, 2019

    By Midnight Pizza Man
    First, the way each book is summarized is incredibly boring—even for books with engaging and funny prose. Each summary is written and read without mimicking the original author’s style or voice. It’s as if Blinkist is trying to shorten every book into an excerpt from a second rate dictionary. The “audio” option Blinkist provides makes this even worst. Each Blinkist summary is read in a monotone voice , with little to no inflection, and absolutely no enthusiasm. I thought that maybe—just maybe—I had just been choosing each Blinkist summary poorly, and decided to stay past the trial to find out. Horrible decision. Each summary is written in such a monotone and uniform fashion, I have to force myself to finish a minute-long summary. Second, the audio only works if you have the Blinkist app open—no scrolling through other feeds or doing anything else. When I decided to finally cancel my subscription for the following month, I realized my fatal mistake. Although Blinkist advertises their monthly subscription, with the trial, you will automatically be charged for their YEARLY subscription. Even the company has no hope that their content is enough to keep customers coming back month to month.
  • Oct 19, 2021

    By John Thomas
    While the concept of a blink is cool, the execution of this app is not. It is cluttered and clear they don't know what they want to be. I signed up for blinks. Not audio books. Not podcasts. I already have services for those. Their recommendation are so far off it's not even funny. They force some random blink to play after what you are listening to instead the next thing in your library. I built a library for a reason. Stop trying to force other things down my throat.
  • Overall, the contents are so monotonous Jan 24, 2021

    By Yellowssun
    I've been using this app for several month, and I realize that it should be explain there are a lot of self development book. I think more than 90 percent of book of here, is self development things. They should have said that. I only recommend this app for the person who extremely like self development book and wants listen only self development book. The reason I purchase this app, is to listen the book. novel, essay, or history, or information book. Sometimes I prefer to read self development book. If I search 'history' on this app. There aren't any history of world. Ah, only one I found fistory of Nigeria. Anyway Ioften come here, because I already purchase 1 year plan, but now, I'm so tired of listening only self development things. Of course self development things are good things, I agree with that. But this app should change their name SELF DEVELOPMENT things like that. I mean, the contents are so cofocused on self development. The contents are so monotonous. I don't usually upload my review on here, but I just stop by here and upload my review just after stop listening self development book again.
  • Sep 20, 2021

    By Gwho Own
    The UI is bad and awkward between audio and text and outline. There should be a dedicated page for the book itself, but you cannot get to it. Another page that should exist is a playlist of favorites to manage them. The summary voice that chimes in every now and then for every single book sounds nasaly, like Trisha Takanawa from Family Guy. No option to turn off that summary voice either. And half the time, it is such a gross oversimplification and inaccurate, so why even bother?
  • Blinkist is a fancy, expensive time waster Mar 8, 2020

    By Zaphire Borghi
    I opted out of the free trial, since I read the reviews and thank goodness I did. Be wary of any app that won’t show you what you are purchasing before they take your credit card number. I can’t even tell if I want a free trial because I have no clue what is behind the locked gates of this app. I was curious but I’m protective of my credit card digits. I asked around to my friends about this app and heard some mumbles about increased productivity but once I dug deeper I realized that none of them actually used the app after the first week but were all charged the $100 because they did not cancel in time! So when blinkist says they’ve got tons of memberships sold it should read, “We tricked a bunch of busy people out of $100 by counting on their inefficiency in canceling within the first week.” HBO does the same thing and no one is mad about it. Just be smart and turn back on this app. There’s nothing to see here without giving them your credit card number and hoping you remember to cancel in time (which you probably won’t because you’ll forget this app exists long before the first week is over).
  • Sep 30, 2021

    By Amy Ludwig
    Hmmm.. I did the 7 day trial and canceled before it expired, but Blinklist still charged me. Followed all the instructions. *BUYER BEWARE* I tried to reach out at support@blinklist but it is not a valid email. Cool content, followed from another app I do subscribe to.. was required to do the 7 day trial to try it.. Well you should refund my money. I have screen shots of my cancelation as I feared such a thing.. and I have Blinklist's email with the same dates. Happy to hear back..
  • Horrible Experience Jan 15, 2020

    By Butterfly74
    I submitted the request for support below and the response I received stated that they were unable to assist me because my purchase was made through apple not directly from them. However my request (if they really read it) was really asking that the app that I paid for actually work. I would love the concept and love to free blink or two I was able to read but cannot rate them well because I did not get full use of the product I paid for. "I signed up for the trial. Asked to to cancel subscription on the day you charged me for the full subscription. You would not cancel and refund my money, however the subscription has not worked for me for the entire time. When i attempt to read an article it prompts me to subscribe again. Please ensure that i have access to my subscription (and extend it for free) or refund me my money. I will report this to apple and write a review describing how terrible my experience has been with the app and service from your company." Alison, Troubled customer
  • img Community
    Top entrepreneurs and CEOs read at least 15 books a month. How is that possible when going through the first 20 pages is already a drag? You don’t have to read from cover to cover. Blinkist lets you listen to 15-min essential points of the best non-fiction books out there.
    img by Sharon
    2 years ago
  • img Community
    The app made my reading fun and easy
    img by Khausalya
    2 years ago
  • img Community
    Instead of spending weeks on a thick, non-fiction book that all of your politically savvy friends say is a must-read, you can use your phone to read the 15-minute, condensed versions of helpful nonfiction resources. Staying up to date on the latest informative tools just got a lot easier.
    img by Aubrey
    1 year ago
  • img Community
    We all complain about having too little time in the day to get through our to-do list, never mind read a book from cover to cover. Blinkist can help here - by compacting book summaries into 15 minutes or less, the theory is that you can take away all the important info without having to read the whole thing.
    img by Snehal
    3 months ago

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  • From 1-star to 5! Aug 9, 2021

    By Cynthia Kamweru
    I originally posted a review because I was charged on the app despite picking their trial period. I emailed them and I got a response within 2 hours. In that time I read 2 book summaries and already highlighted parts of my life that I want to improve, and set out the system to implement them. You can tell I read Atomic Habits by James Clear. So I decided to keep the subscription because reading does bring me a lot of joy but busy life doesn’t allow me to sit and read as often as I’d like. Blinkist allows me to take away the salient points and it’s app is easy to use too. One improvement I’d love is to be able to highlight and add your own notes. This would really elevate the app for me but already I’m loving it. Podcasts are fantastic especially when an author is on them but reading their content allows thoughts to turn into action as you have to sit and read as opposed to multitasking whilst listening. Fantastic app! Thanks again for your quick response!
  • Nov 28, 2021

    By Travis Retzlaff
    Blinkist is a great way to get massive amounts of information from great book in a minimal amount of time. It can even be a companion when reading a book, allowing you to learn better.
  • Perfect blend of an audiobook, spark notes and a podcast! Jul 20, 2020

    By AC -... Reviews
    This app is amazing. It’s the perfect blend of an audiobook, spark notes, and a podcast. I have already recommended it to a number of my friends and family. I work in a time intensive role and used to love reading and constant learning, specifically nonfiction. I’ve found audiobooks are great - but I don’t have much time or attention to dedicate (and sometimes I want to drive and workout in silence to decompress). Then podcasts have a lot of extra ‘fluff’ sometimes. Blinklist gets down to the points in a concise manner, just like our favorite spark notes growing up. I love walking away with new information and insights with only ~15 minutes spent. It’s definitely worth the price. The only downside is it doesn’t have an Apple Watch app version. I’d love to be able to download to my watch and listen while out for runs/walks without having to bring my phone.
  • Nov 6, 2021

    By Kelsey Batton
    I love this app it is well worth the money. I love audio books, and book summaries are so nice. I've learned a lot so far. I use a technique called pairing to accomplish things I'd rather not have to do. So I listen to these audio book summaries while I brush my teeth, and it really gives me the incentive to do that.
  • Don't Waste Your Time With Podcasts & Reading Entire Books Apr 18, 2021

    By Ninjutsuski
    If you're an intelligent and a "motivated-lazy" millennial (like me), you're probably familiar CliffsNotes from life in academia. Why waste your precious will power in astute reading comprehension on literature read by thousands? Some gotta be better at it than you (despite you scoring 780 in it on your SAT) and have shared their findings. Here's what you've tried so far: *Searched Audible for book summaries from sketchy companies (where ironically English is their second language). *Tried Medium post summaries. *Followed those self-help gurus that rehash established material in their podcasts only to deceive you. These podcasts are actually made up of 30% sales talk about their sponsor and/or their products and 50% about their guest and 20% about the material in their podcast's title. It's a for-profit show, not PBS. Let's be honest with yourself. None of the above options helped you or made good use of your attention and time. Blinkist makes good use of your time and makes you think. Oh but I have to pay them! The horror! Well tally up all the time you wasted on your attempts to get here over the past year or two and multiply that by your hourly rate. Can you afford Blinkist now? Bet you can and a gift subscription or two! Don't fall for the free stuff - you get what you pay for! Class dismissed!
  • Nov 17, 2021

    By Inna Kats
    Love this app. Great even without buying- a new book every 24hrs. Thank you, Blinkist! 🤓
  • Becoming Enlightened Nov 23, 2021

    By Willing to listen
    Wonderful to have so many ideas, views, and knowledge at my fingertips. I find myself stopping the blinks and taking notes. These are books that I wouldn’t normally purchase because I could not afford them monetarily or time wise (not enough time to read). Probably the most important thing I have learned this past year plus has been to listen to people whose opinion differs from mine. I am learning why they have their beliefs. That they have them for many different reasons. You know we all are just trying to find meaning in our lives. We are trying to understand the world. Just like everyone else who has been alive. I also will purchase a book whose blinks I have listened to if I want to go deeper. Thank you for adding meaning to my life! I usually listen when I am doing something else like cleaning or cooking.
  • Oct 7, 2021

    By Zoe
    Love this app. Working in an office I often find audio books and podcasts hard to digest as I'm often interrupted. With blinkist I can get through a whole shortcast or blink before I have to pause and deal with work things. I also love being able to consume so much knowledge before choosing which topics I want to delve into deeper. The apps organized and easy to navigate, and the response time of the blinkist team is incredibly quick. I highly recommend this app!
  • The best app I've ever downloaded Aug 1, 2018

    By GlazeyNCrazey
    I've had this app for just a few weeks. In that time I've read nearly 40 blinks, and I can tell you without a doubt it is THE BEST MONEY I HAVE EVER SPENT!!!!! I've learned numerous amounts of information in various different subjects: science, psychology, self help/ improvement, and read the biographies of countless individuals. I truly feel in these last few weeks I've become wiser and learned more about the world than I probably have in the last 2 years (I'm an 18 year old college undergrad just for context). It's changed the way I approach my life too. I feel more secure, happy, and go about life with a much more positive and confident attitude. I reflect on myself more, actively seeking new experiences and love meeting new people. It's just made me so happy in life. Endless thanks to all the people who made this app. It's the best thing I've ever paid for!!!
  • Oct 22, 2021

    By Anthony Arena
    I absolutely love this app. I haven't purchased a subscription yet but I am definitely going to. I wake up every morning and read a book while listening to the audio and it gets my day started and my brain going. They do a great job of picking out books that I will enjoy and relate to as well. Very happy ifound this app. Thanks
  • Needs more books but overall a great app May 11, 2020

    By STK Clothing Co.
    I’ve been using Blinklist for about 3 weeks now, and in my short time using this app, I don’t have many criticisms. As an avid book reader myself, sometimes its hard to find the motivation to read one. Some unfortunately just drone on and on, without presenting the underlying message in a easily digestible manner. This app provides a shortcut for users who simply just don’t have the time and or patience to sit and read for hours on end. The book summaries, provide it users with the authors main points, and while relatively short, are quite insightful. If I had one criticism with this app, it’s that it NEEDS MORE BOOKS! The content of the app is encompasses a lot of subjects, but at times seems “limited” in quantity. (I use that word sparingly). Overall I think that blinklist has the potential to be a groundbreaking app, but the developers need to refine it more and add a lot more content. In conclusion, it’s a great app, totally recommend!
  • Needs better filter-ability May 6, 2019

    By Simony Simon
    Loving this product! I think it’s providing an invaluable service to people who don’t have enough time to read full books. However, what needs serious work is the filter possibilities for my added books. I need semantic and qualitative filters, like what subject areas the books belong to, what topics they cover, and/or how welled rated they are by readers. Blinkist tries to “solve” this by allowing for manual tagging, but this does me no favors if I’m looking for something to read and haven’t read any of my books yet. Moreover, the overhead of adding tags is cumbersome. A better UX, such as auto-tagging and/or tag suggestions on adding a book to your list, could alleviate the issue. Regardless, Blinkist needs to be “smarter.” For a service seeking to simplify reading tons of awesome content, Blinkist sure makes it overwhelming to ultimately choose your book from your own list.
  • The service is amazing. The app. Not so much Oct 28, 2019

    By electather
    I like Blinkist. It changed my morning routine entirely. Now i get to listen to the main ideas of a book instead of listening to same old music i used to listen to on my way to work. It couldn’t get any better. As a service it’s amazing and well worth the money. But the app. It’s a whole other thing. It does not have any bugs. It works fine. But many of the functionalities are not easy to access. For instance downloading a blink is not easily done. ( i had to look for it. Then i found out i should play a blink. Then change it in play list then i can download it. Just why?) or the fact that I cannot play a blink and browse the app. It’s just not possible. All these functionalities are implemented but poorly. That’s the only thing keeping this app from 5 stars
  • Great way to get preview and learn pointers Nov 23, 2020

    By HappyXTBookworm
    I’ve been enjoying Blinkist for many months. Much better alternative than going back to social media apps every time I pick up my phone. One note though: not sure when they made this change but it’s kind of annoying that it defaults to audio version for me every time I come back to the app. I don’t want to “continue listening”, but I have to click that and then stop it and then click on the readable version. Not sure how to turn off the audio side completely (I never download the audio version of the blinks to begin with, so I don’t understand why it does that)
  • Great Idea, but my history goes away.. Mar 19, 2019

    By dstreev
    I love the idea of actually burning through books like this. Direct and to the point! In my first sitting, I went through 4 blinks. I want to understand ‘what’ I’ve read and keep them for reference. So I added them to my Favorites. I also wanted to determine which of the blinks I had added to my library I had already read, but that’s not easily determined. Sure, if I open it again, it knows... But how about a ‘read’ indicator in my library? So I started to add a ‘read’ tag to those that I finished. Then, as my library started to grow, I figured I could delete those that I had read already to ‘clean’ things up a bit... and ‘boom’, they’re gone from my favorites, highlights are gone, etc.. Would be great to ‘keep’ my history of a blink, even AFTER removing it from my library. Because I don’t want to look at the first page of my library of hundreds of blinks every time. The general management of blinks needs a little more work.
  • Latest update crashes app - but they fixed it ASAP Sep 10, 2019

    By davidpson
    UPDATE: I’m changing my 2 star to 4 star. I contacted customer support notifying them of my problem and the issue was fixed within 24 hours. They even emailed me apologizing and telling me the issue was on their end. I respect that and appreciate it. ________________________ I really like Blinkist and have used it a lot. But the latest update has caused my app to open and then immediately crash over and over again. I’ve tried uninstalling it and installing it again with the same result. Now I can’t even use the service I have paid for. 👎
  • Great service. Needs an archive function Jul 16, 2018

    By Wade50
    Absolutely love this app. With so many non-fiction books hitting the shelves every week, it’s hard to keep up. This service allows me to glean what I need from a book in about 15 minutes and move on. Or if I really like the ideas and want to learn more, I can just purchase the book later. Blinkist is a great way to sample the material at the very least. With that said, I would like to see the developers add some kind of archive function, so that I can save books that I liked and come back to them later, while keeping them separate from blinks I haven’t read yet.
  • Good product, app needs some improvements Apr 17, 2020

    By ChunyanSong
    great idea, some annoying UX issues. cannot resume play automatically if wifi/cell signal is lost. When a connection is lost, it asks you to click a button to retry, so you have to manually open the app and click it away in order to continue. This is annoying during commute because subway goes in and out of tunnels all the time, and you have to take out your phone constantly to resume it to play. while in listening mode, you cannot do anything else, such as adding the current book to favorite, searching or browsing other books to add to bookmarks no easy way to track which books have been listened to. If you remove a book from bookmarks after listening, it got recycled back in your search and browsing results. The same books show up repeatedly and it’s hard to find new books that I haven’t listened to.
  • Great but too rich Oct 13, 2018

    By JoshNewman1
    Im quite enjoying this app and Ive even shared it with someone. Even so, Im still reading the free bits cause the subscription is a bit too rich to be a non-brainer. Id much rather have either a monthly subscription model (much easier to pay $8/month than $80 one off, for me at least) or a cheaper -with fewer benefits- subscription model. Practically speaking, I’m simply too busy to be reading 1 book per day like other reviewers say, so Im still unsure whether I’ll ever pay the $80 for the 3 times a month I’ll end up using this otherwise great app. Think about it, I bet there’s many like me.
  • Blinkist Oct 26, 2020

    By Izip useless for music
    The Blinkist app is a great quick read. A synopsis book report so to say, if I found the book very interesting I could then choose read the whole book by way of another source link, etc. I like my one free book a day read. Its very enriching way to expand my horizons. The only drawback is I can’t pick my own category read for the day. And it has limited subject categories lumped together. I would like a separate category for spiritual reads not over linked with religion. A “universal” category not interwoven with religion.
  • Missing a lot of good books. Mar 25, 2020

    By Helloimbambi
    I’ve been a member for about 5-6 months now. I subscribed for a year when they had their Black Friday special. I love the concept of this app, I’m picky and I’ve only recently in the past two years gotten into reading (now I read everyday). This seemed like the perfect subscription for my dilemma of wanting to purchase and read many books, but avoid wasting my time with those that I weren’t what I was looking for. Also, for those I was only mildly interested in, I could listen to the Blinkist and get the general idea without wasting my money on a book I didn’t feel was worth the purchase. Anyway, the reason I’m only rating it 3 stars is because it’s missing a lot (I mean a lot) of books I’m interested in. Many of the books I’ve looked for aren’t obscure either. Most of what I’ve been reading and looking for are books on minimalism and some personal growth. They are also typically books I’ve seen reference to several times in multiple other minimalism books as well. I’m not sure if others have run into this problem with other genres or subjects but it’s been kinda disappointing. I won’t be continuing my subscription after this year is up. Not in a petty kind of way but it’s more like this subscription is not very helpful to me when hardly any of the books I’m interested in are on it. *Sadface*
  • Nov 29, 2021

    By Timothy Glaser
    Good summaries. Nice selection. I wanted to set things up for my payday and billing frequency. Couldn't do either simply. So now it's canceled till I decide to do different. Disappointed.
  • Nov 3, 2021

    By Christina Weber
    I'm sooooo disappointed. I waited ALL DAY until i had time to read a blink i actually had an interest in, which is rare. As i was reading, the clock literally struck midnight and it kicked me out, and then made me forward to today's blink, and i couldn't go back and read the blink i actually wanted without paying $15/month. I'll go buy the actual book on Amazon before i pay $15 for the blink. I am super bummed :'(
  • Sep 22, 2021

    By Bruno DiGiorgi
    I like the concept, not the app. When I open the app, I should be delivered to my library, not suggestions. Most people are listening to blinkist when they're doing something else, like driving. So having to navigate to a different window every time a module is done is needlessly burdensome, distracting, and rather annoying.
  • Sep 27, 2021

    By Jonathan Rolfsen
    Was enjoying going through all the books - great experience. Then, one day, I was signed out and upon signing back in, all of my lists (to read, reading, already read) had zeroed out. It looks like I'd be starting from complete scratch. Not sure it's worth paying for now.
  • Great content, but has a few flaws. Nov 10, 2021

    By Reviewer 1999
    Overall I love the idea. It’s essentially Cliff notes with an audio book option. However, I don’t love the constant plugging of blinks. “In this blink…” “ the next blink…”. It’s distracting, ruins your flow of thought, and very cheap feeling for such a nice app. Second, I wish the ‘Librabry’ would let you organize your saved books into categories. Tags, themes, etc… Lastly, the audio feature is not great. Gaps between the ‘blinks’ are long, and the app occasionally loses connection all together. Lastly, the ‘Follow’ feature for blinks is laughably bad. You have to choose to get notifications in order to follow. What?!? Overall wonderful idea though, but app could certainly use improvements.
  • Mostly self-help and personal finance Feb 10, 2021

    By Flippermazingle
    If you like self help books (i.e 7 habits of highly effective people, Good vibes, good life, personal finance, etc.) then you will get a lot of value and mileage out of Blinkist with its current library selection. Personally, I find most self-help books useless, so my review might not apply to your preferences. While I was pleased to see some philosophy books like Manufacturing Consent, given that I mainly got this app for philosophy/history/science texts, I feel the content is lacking. I understand that philosophy and science texts are substantially more difficult to interpret or “blink” so maybe with time these genres will grow. In its current state I am a little disappointed with the current selection.
  • App needs work Apr 11, 2018

    By Phil Ament
    The content is good and worth subscribing, but the app is very frustrating in one way: when listening over Bluetooth, the Bluetooth controls don’t work at all. I have tried with multiple different brands and types of Bluetooth audio devices, and none of them work. Example: Let’s say you have on some Bluetooth headphones or are connected over Bluetooth to your car. If you try to pause, the app doesn’t pause. If you try to go back or forward, that doesn’t work either. It’s maddening, and the developer needs to put this basic feature at the top of their to-do list. After they get the basic ability to play/pause and forward/back Bluetooth functionality working, they also need to let the user choose whether Bluetooth forward/back causes the app to skip forward/back between Blinks, or to seek 15 or 30 seconds, like many podcasting apps do. I always set my apps to let me seek back 15 or 30 seconds when using Bluetooth controls, so I can easily go back with one tap of my headphones to catch something I just missed. Developer: Please fix Bluetooth control of your app’s audio!
  • Content is great, but app needs a lot of work May 27, 2019

    By Chrdhsns
    I consume a lot of books through the paid version of the app. Maybe too many, because the app makes it very difficult to filter and search books that you’ve already read. Another extremely frustrating problem I have is when I download audio of books I’ve already listened to for what should be easy playback. But when I click the audio downloaded box, they won’t even appear! I think it’s because I had already listened to them. The queue needs a massive overhaul and needs to be made easy. Also, why can’t the book play in the background as you search or discover? How about a simple “replay from the beginning?” As I’ve said, the content is great but I can’t help but be frustrated because I know the app could be light years better. I bought premium for a year and will not be renewing in a couple months due to all my frustrations with the app. Hope you guys can fix some of these issues I’ve mentioned.
  • Clif notes for everyday reading Mar 14, 2019

    By bluemeanieface
    Was resistant to the concept at first but after trying it out for a week I see the potential here. I’ve wizzed through the main points of 8 books and garnered some potentially life changing tips. Here is where the concept fails: 1)Can only speed up 2x. 2)no silence erasing 3)the gap between “blinks” is fairly long 4)cannot change FF/RWD values. Always 15 seconds :/ 5)When exploring the app and its libraries, playback stops. 6)When you return to your selection, Blinkist often takes you back to the beginning of the Blink (I.e., chapter). Miss something? Hit rewind on headphones to take yourself all the way back to the beginning of the Blink. FF headphone button takes you to next Blink. How is this a timesaver, again? lol 7)Blinkist minute can only be played in real time. Ughhh. Feels very beta but if the developers keep honing the app I could see it taking off. As a constant consumer of audio, I find it a more than a little rough in its current incarnation.
  • Oct 19, 2021

    By John Thomas
    While the concept of a blink is cool, the execution of this app is not. It is cluttered and clear they don't know what they want to be. I signed up for blinks. Not audio books. Not podcasts. I already have services for those. Their recommendation are so far off it's not even funny. They force some random blink to play after what you are listening to instead the next thing in your library. I built a library for a reason. Stop trying to force other things down my throat.
  • Overall, the contents are so monotonous Jan 24, 2021

    By Yellowssun
    I've been using this app for several month, and I realize that it should be explain there are a lot of self development book. I think more than 90 percent of book of here, is self development things. They should have said that. I only recommend this app for the person who extremely like self development book and wants listen only self development book. The reason I purchase this app, is to listen the book. novel, essay, or history, or information book. Sometimes I prefer to read self development book. If I search 'history' on this app. There aren't any history of world. Ah, only one I found fistory of Nigeria. Anyway Ioften come here, because I already purchase 1 year plan, but now, I'm so tired of listening only self development things. Of course self development things are good things, I agree with that. But this app should change their name SELF DEVELOPMENT things like that. I mean, the contents are so cofocused on self development. The contents are so monotonous. I don't usually upload my review on here, but I just stop by here and upload my review just after stop listening self development book again.
  • Sep 20, 2021

    By Gwho Own
    The UI is bad and awkward between audio and text and outline. There should be a dedicated page for the book itself, but you cannot get to it. Another page that should exist is a playlist of favorites to manage them. The summary voice that chimes in every now and then for every single book sounds nasaly, like Trisha Takanawa from Family Guy. No option to turn off that summary voice either. And half the time, it is such a gross oversimplification and inaccurate, so why even bother?
  • Horrible Experience Jan 15, 2020

    By Butterfly74
    I submitted the request for support below and the response I received stated that they were unable to assist me because my purchase was made through apple not directly from them. However my request (if they really read it) was really asking that the app that I paid for actually work. I would love the concept and love to free blink or two I was able to read but cannot rate them well because I did not get full use of the product I paid for. "I signed up for the trial. Asked to to cancel subscription on the day you charged me for the full subscription. You would not cancel and refund my money, however the subscription has not worked for me for the entire time. When i attempt to read an article it prompts me to subscribe again. Please ensure that i have access to my subscription (and extend it for free) or refund me my money. I will report this to apple and write a review describing how terrible my experience has been with the app and service from your company." Alison, Troubled customer
  • Big library but poor quality summaries Aug 8, 2018

    By RhetTbull
    I really wanted to like this app/service. I read a lot and having access to quality book summaries would be very valuable. Unfortunately Blinkist doesn't deliver. Pros: there are a lot of books in the library...I was surprised that nearly every title I was interested in was available in the app. Cons: the book summaries ("blinks") are really subpar and don't provide a good overview of the book. I read several and they just skim the surface often missing the main idea of the book. I read blinks for books I've previously read and they never covered the big ideas in the book. Instead, they tend to focus on one or two themes in the book often missing the big picture and never providing a good synthesis. These are more like long book reviews rather than executive summaries.
  • Okay-ish Compromise App Dec 13, 2020

    By thoughtwords
    Short version: You’re better off with normal audiobooks played at 2x speed. This app is a severe compromise, not a substitute, for actually reading the books you can access. Remember that it’s a 15-minute representation of maybe a 7-hour book, and no amount of careful summary will capture all of the important things in 1/30th the time. The reason is that many books – anything by Malcolm Gladwell is a good example – have much of the value in the stories, not just the headings and chapter conclusions. The approach within Blinkist is one that will make a person superficially conversant with the contents and structure of a book, but not the substance of it. This may be fine for casual conversations with no real depth, but this app will fail you as soon as you migrate to the nuance and implications of the ideas within any book. This also is very poor way for students to hack their reading assignments, akin to the grownup version of just reading the back cover. If this is all you can do to learn about some of the big ideas in nonfiction and you haven’t found targeted short form podcasts that that better fit your needs, then go for it.
  • Info is good, execution is bad. Dec 12, 2019

    By bdragonmsl
    The amount of books that can be read or listened to is astounding. However the use of the app to listen to them continually is not so good. Basically it has to cache the data for each “blink”, which is fine if you have a constant connection. But not everyone does and it seems that the smallest things can stop the playback. Such as going to outside of the playing of the book you’re listening to as to see other books that are available. Also the use of speeding up the audio has quirks that cause it to sometimes not play at all until 10-15 seconds later, which is a big loss considering the content of the blinks. This needs to be fixed or this app won’t be profitable for long.
  • They will charge you quickly. Jun 2, 2020

    By Fawn22
    There should be a reminder about the $99 charge they yank from your account. Yes they tell you in seven days it’s going to happen but frankly, 1) I haven’t had time to explore enough because I’m having a hard time finding the books I’d like to read and my fault but with this unrest in the country I have not had time to decide if this app is really for me. Now I have it for a year so....well I’ll make sure they can’t yank my money next year too. The concept for ADD people like me is good but now my experience will be tainted. A monthly fee would have been more user friendly. But now I can’t recommend to my reading group. Bad practices. But you got my money.
  • Be careful! They take your $100 and won’t refund Sep 6, 2019

    By Scott R H
    I thought I’d give this 7 day free period a go and see why it was about. I unfortunately had to leave town and got busy that week and didn’t get a chance to really look into it. I had it scheduled in my diary that day to cancel the renewal but arrived home a few hours too late it seems. As soon as the week expired I got charged $100 and put on an annual plan. No more than 2 hours after this happened, I contacted Blinkist and asked for a refund as I simply hadn’t seen that I’d be signed up for a $100 annual plan if I missed the cancel date. Most of these kinds of apps are monthly at worst and I would have swallowed the monthly fee If I’d missed the cancel date. They told me that they couldn’t do anything and suggested I try iTunes. I’ve contacted iTunes 3 times now and have not had one real response other than an auto response stating it’s not available for refund. I’m furious as I simply can’t afford it right now and you should always have a window after payment for something that as it’s simply a use as you go type of arrangement. Now I don’t even want to use it because it’s left such a bad taste in my mouth. If it’s such a great product, then they shouldn’t have to prey on those that forget to cancel their trial on time to then charge them $100. Pretty unhappy.
  • One slight problem might keep me from staying Apr 6, 2018

    By small hobbit
    Edit: also, the people they have summarizing the books have a problem with keeping their own personal opinions out of the summary, which begs the question as to what else they might be adding or removing to these. I’ve changed my review to 1 star due to this because I’d really rather just read the actual book and know the author’s actual thoughts than be preached to by a second-hand source. I decided to try this since I’ve been hearing about it everywhere right now. Unfortunately, I don’t have the money for a subscription right now so I’ll have to make due with the one free that’s unlocked daily. The only problem I have is that if you add the daily free blink to your library under a free account there’s no way to delete it the next day because it goes back to being just another premium locked into your library. This makes it really hard to want to stay with this service if you can’t remove things after a lapsed payment since these short form “blinks” could really start to clutter up after awhile. Having a delete option, even if the blink is currently locked due to no being a subscriber, would be a nice improvement. Without it, I’m not actually sure I will continue using this, or even suggest that others use this service.
  • Nov 13, 2021

    By G
    You managed to break playback..even for pre downloaded audio. Already paid but now need to cancel. I really enjoyed the content while it lasted
  • BORING - NOT EVEN WORTH THE TRIAL Dec 4, 2019

    By Midnight Pizza Man
    First, the way each book is summarized is incredibly boring—even for books with engaging and funny prose. Each summary is written and read without mimicking the original author’s style or voice. It’s as if Blinkist is trying to shorten every book into an excerpt from a second rate dictionary. The “audio” option Blinkist provides makes this even worst. Each Blinkist summary is read in a monotone voice , with little to no inflection, and absolutely no enthusiasm. I thought that maybe—just maybe—I had just been choosing each Blinkist summary poorly, and decided to stay past the trial to find out. Horrible decision. Each summary is written in such a monotone and uniform fashion, I have to force myself to finish a minute-long summary. Second, the audio only works if you have the Blinkist app open—no scrolling through other feeds or doing anything else. When I decided to finally cancel my subscription for the following month, I realized my fatal mistake. Although Blinkist advertises their monthly subscription, with the trial, you will automatically be charged for their YEARLY subscription. Even the company has no hope that their content is enough to keep customers coming back month to month.
  • Blinkist is a fancy, expensive time waster Mar 8, 2020

    By Zaphire Borghi
    I opted out of the free trial, since I read the reviews and thank goodness I did. Be wary of any app that won’t show you what you are purchasing before they take your credit card number. I can’t even tell if I want a free trial because I have no clue what is behind the locked gates of this app. I was curious but I’m protective of my credit card digits. I asked around to my friends about this app and heard some mumbles about increased productivity but once I dug deeper I realized that none of them actually used the app after the first week but were all charged the $100 because they did not cancel in time! So when blinkist says they’ve got tons of memberships sold it should read, “We tricked a bunch of busy people out of $100 by counting on their inefficiency in canceling within the first week.” HBO does the same thing and no one is mad about it. Just be smart and turn back on this app. There’s nothing to see here without giving them your credit card number and hoping you remember to cancel in time (which you probably won’t because you’ll forget this app exists long before the first week is over).
  • Sep 30, 2021

    By Amy Ludwig
    Hmmm.. I did the 7 day trial and canceled before it expired, but Blinklist still charged me. Followed all the instructions. *BUYER BEWARE* I tried to reach out at support@blinklist but it is not a valid email. Cool content, followed from another app I do subscribe to.. was required to do the 7 day trial to try it.. Well you should refund my money. I have screen shots of my cancelation as I feared such a thing.. and I have Blinklist's email with the same dates. Happy to hear back..
  • Oct 17, 2021

    By Tom Hallam
    Expect the worst. I paid $80 for a year subscription Oct 13 when my week trial ended and still do not have access. They have assigned me four case numbers and asked twice for a copy of my google payment (I sent it both times). Now it's day 5 of this mess, and no end in sight. Expect the worst.
  • Oct 11, 2021

    By Nicholas E
    Paid a yearly sub and am stuck on a screen asking me to make an account to save my purchase. Facebook, Google, blinkist account logins throw a "Whoops, something happened" error and I cannot access the content I paid for. I am using the app on a Google pixel 3
  • Sep 30, 2021

    By Christopher Burges
    Terrible, its just pieces of knowledge, didn't actually learn anything. This isn't for people who want to actually learn and gain knowledge. Just go with audible it's a million times better or any app with actual full books. This was a straight waste of money.
  • Looking for more Balance and less Bias Apr 17, 2018

    By demattia
    I love the idea of this app, but after two and a half months of reading the free books almost every day the unacknowledged bias present in the types of books offered and the ways that the summaries are written is getting old. Certain world views (which I imagine naturally mirror the creators/ writers own) are written about in incredibly positive lights, for example Eastern religion and philosophy with titles like “Why Buddhism is True” without a balanced (let alone positive) look at really any other spiritual or religious world views. I can’t say I blame them, it makes sense to me that people would naturally select books they like and agree with to offer in a service like this, but because of what the platform is, I feel like they need to find a way to be either more neutral or more honest about the bias they are bringing in to these summaries. Hire some people who don’t agree on the big questions of life - then offer books from a wider variety of world views and I think there is a 5 star idea here.

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