Is Blinkist worth it? Hell yeah and here’s why…
Before I begin, I think it’s important to note something – I’m ashamed to say it, but I’ve never really been much of a ‘book guy’.
Between finishing my English GCSEs 12 years ago and finding Blinkist, I don’t think I’d completed a single book.
That’s not to say that I wasn’t reading as I’ve always been an avid internet reader. I would relentlessly research & learn all-sorts of random topics online, from a young age.
It was just that actual, real, physical books, and the act of sitting down to read them, somehow never fit into my lifestyle. I knew that books were filled with the wisdom I was after, I just wasn’t engaged with them.
Then I found Blinkist…..and everything changed…..dun dun dunnn.
What is Blinkist?
For those who haven’t heard of Blinkist yet, it’s basically an audiobook app with a twist. The twist being that the books are summarized into bite-sized chunks called ‘Blinks’ – with a whole book being just a 15 minute listen.
An entire book in 15 minutes? It was music to my ears.
Easily Discover Books and topics
So I took out the free trial and began binging books. I was flying through the categories available, from Philosophy to Health & Nutrition to Entrepreneurship, Economics, and wherever else my curiosity lead me. It’s super easy to find great books, and the recommendations/playlists in the app are great for this.
Sometimes I may wake up with a particular problem, for example, I might have a project that I’m struggling to start. So I’ll search the Blinkist library for relevant books about motivating yourself, prioritising your time/workload, or stress management. I’ll then set up a playlist for the way to work, and often by the time I reach the office, I have vital insights into how I’m going to tackle my day.
A vast library of celebrated works
Another excellent benefit of Blinkist, I was finally able to get round to books I’d heard people talk so much about (Sapiens, The 4-Hour Workweek, Subscribed etc) without feeling like I was going out of my way. Often I’d listen to 3 books on the commute to work alone.
Most of the (non-fiction) titles I was searching for were available on the platform. Covering great minds, ideas and books written from as far back as Ancient Rome and Greece.
Summaries are concise and easy to follow
Now, I feel it needs to be said that 15 minutes isn’t truly enough time to completely do a book justice. I wouldn’t even pretend to claim that I’ve been absorbing the full essence of these books. But I am definitely WAY more clued up on a LOT of subjects than I was before, and I doubt I would have had the opportunity without Blinkist.
I would say that 90% of the time, the Blinks are super easy to understand, well-summarised, and sufficient to satisfy my curiosity for a subject or book. But at times, I have been left wanting more.
It’s a great way to test new books and refresh your memory
Blinkist is actually a highly useful way to test a book before committing to reading the full thing.
Take, for example, The 4-Hour Work Week by Tim Ferris – which I first listened to on Blinkist. I was fascinated by Tim’s ideas, systems, and his mindset in general. But I wasn’t completely satisfied, I knew there was more to learn, and I wanted to learn it.
So I did something I’d never done before- I went out and bought Tim’s book. I actually sat down and read the book cover-to-cover and loved every second of it. I’ve not read the book since, but I have listened to the Blinkist version a handful of times to remind myself of the content (one of the most valuable ways to use the app).
It’s super affordable
I was so happy with my Blinkist free trial that when it came to renewing the subscription, it wasn’t a case of ‘Will I renew?’ but more a matter of ‘Which plan do I get?’. I ended up opting for the yearly option as I knew I would end up paying more overall if I went for the monthly option.
Blinkist only costs £4.99 per month if you pay annually or £9.99 per month if you pay monthly. So if you expect to still be signed up in 6-months time, then you’re better off buying annually.
So if you’re still wondering ‘Is Blinkist worth it?’ the answer is for sure a strong YES. Considering it’s only half the price of a Spotify subscription, you get a LOT of value.
I’ve covered hundreds of books that I probably would never have done in a million years before Blinkist. It’s even gotten me into picking up real-life books again when I find a Blink I want to expand on.
I’m keen to hear all of your thoughts on Blinkist. Are you a member already? What are your favourite books?
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