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Has anyone used Blinkist to read non-fiction books in 15 minutes?

Alejandro Cremades Executive Chairman at CoFoundersLab

July 26th, 2017

One of my biggest passions is to read books. Especially when I am able to access information related to potential problems that I may be dealing with and trying to resolve in my company (i.e. product development, marketing, HR, leadership, etc). Unfortunately now between work and family I have less time to read books...

I recently discovered the mobile app Blinkist which distills the key insights of 2,000+ bestselling nonfiction books into powerful 15-minute reads or listens. I thought it was a good way to gain access to powerful insights on the go. Especially when I am commuting to work or when I am in between meetings.

My concern using this app is that I am not sure how much it really covers per book and if it leaves a lot of useful information out.

HAs anyone here used Blinkist? Any other apps that you would recommend over Blinkist?

Devon Campbell Founder at Radworks, Startup Mad Science, lead developer at Resque

July 31st, 2017

I've used Blinkist. I enjoyed it, but I didn't continue my subscription after the first year. I found it made the books a little too sparse for my tastes. In general, business books are pretty fluffy with lots of reputation and explanation that isn't necessary, but I do appreciate an anecdote occasionally to drive home a new concept.

I'd like to find something that splits the difference between Blinkist and the original book. ;-)

Alejandro Cremades Executive Chairman at CoFoundersLab

August 1st, 2017

Devon- many thanks for your response. I do agree that it is hard to cover an entire book in just 15 minutes. I actually did listen to some books that I had read in the past and there was a lot of good stuff missing in there.

In any case, so far my experience with Blinkist has been a good one and plan to continue using it for now. Keep me posted in the event you come across a better solution in terms of splitting the difference between Blinkist and the original book.

Ran Fuchs Senior executive passionate about new tech.

August 4th, 2017

I did not like it in particular. If I need a short information about something I have youtube, Investopedia and many other resources. If I read a (non-fiction) book it's either because I need depth and details, or because I enjoy it. Blinkist provides me neither