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.

Is Blinkist worth it?

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.

Marcus Aurelius - Meditations: Adapted for the Contemporary Reader ...
One of my favourite listens so far was Meditations by Marcus Aurelius

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).

In-App Screenshot of another favourite book of mine

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.

To Conclude

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 would highly recommend signing up for a trial to the platform first before subscribing to a plan. Click here to trial Blinkist and click here for the latest offers from Blinkist.

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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