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Blinkist review

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Find nonfiction text summaries in digestible 15- to 20- minute summaries if you're eager to learn but are short on time.

Introducing Blinkist: a nonfiction book provider that operates similarly to other ebook and audiobook services. If you’re a die-hard info-seeker who’s a sponge for new information but is short on time, Blinkist might be for you. However, if you prefer to peruse full-length texts of any genre — or your favorite fiction writer at your leisure — then you might want to shop around.

What is Blinkist?

Here we have a service aimed at highly motivated, business or personal growth-oriented individuals who want to digest information ina short time. Blinkist takes longform nonfiction texts and converts them into summaries — or “blinks” — that can digested in 15 to 20 minutes.

Blinkist offers subscribers unlimited access to audiobook summaries. It offers a free trial and a no-cost basic plan that allows you to access one summary each day for free. And the plus side is, if you want to dive deeper, you have the option of a full-length read.

These blinks are random, and can be a good way to get synced into the Blinkist experience and try it on to see if it’s a good fit. You can listen via the web, via iOS or Android apps, and also works with Amazon Alexa.

Pros and cons

Pros

  • Unlimited books every month
  • Great for those who want to quickly expand their knowledge
  • Choose blinks from 27 different categories

Cons

  • Can’t share content with friends
  • Short summaries prevent listener from truly engaging with a text
  • Relying on summarizer analysis to correctly get the book’s intent

How much does Blinkist cost?

Have a look at all your price and billing options:

PlanCost
Premium monthly$14.99 per month
Premium yearly$89.99 billed annually ($7.49 monthly)
Teams
  • 10 teammates – $799 per year
  • Contact Blinkist to get a quote for larger teams

Does Blinkist have a free trial?

Only the Premium yearly plan comes with a seven-day free trial. You can cancel anytime within those seven days, and won’t be charged until the free trial is over. However, you’re immediately charged the full monthly fee once you subscribe to the monthly plan.

Please note that you may only start the free trial once. If you have previously purchased a Blinkist subscription, you won’t be able to start a new trial.

Blinkist customer reviews

Still unsure if Blinkist is the way to go? Check out what others are saying about the service:

PlatformReview (Last updated August 4, 2020)
Apple App Store4.8 out of 5 stars (53,500+ reviews)
Google Play4.6 out of 5 stars (52,200+ reviews)

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If you love the audiobook experience, check out other providers and services to compare your options and best meet your preferences.

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Melanie Huddart

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Melanie Huddart joined Finder’s editorial team in 2017, helping to polish up content across niches that include home loans, share trading, shopping and travel. Melanie earned a BA in Specialized Honors English and a BEd from York University in Toronto, Canada. When she isn’t focused on making articles shine, you can find her hanging with her son and her dog, practicing yoga or searching for the next greatest beach.

Expert review

Blinkist is a nonfiction audiobook provider, in short — it provides text in summary only, in digestible 15- to 20-minute bites. These are great for people who are big into broadening their horizons, but some listeners may feel the brevity of each text fails to fully engage them. The free trial is a great way to test the waters, as long as you cancel before the seven days are up — otherwise, you’ll get charged for a full year.

Be sure to shop around to find the best subscription service for your needs before settling into a commitment.

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