I enjoy reading. But, I’m a slow reader. This means that I don’t read nearly as many books as I’d like to. I’ve written reviews of some of the books I’ve finished lately, you can read the reviews at 11 books you should read. I read every day, it’s part of my morning routine. Now, based on what I’ve been testing this weekend, I’ve been reading a shorter version of each book.
What Blinkist is
I have been testing the free trial of Blinkist. So far, I’m thinking that I’ve discovered the perfect service. Like I said, I really enjoy reading books, but I’m a slow reader. What I didn’t also tell you, is that I’m curious as well. I always like to read new books and discover new things.
Reading one book takes a long time, and during the time of reading one book, I’m usually eager to start the next one (well, it all depends on the book I’m reading. If it’s a great book, I might not think about starting a new one).
Blinkist is a way to read more in less time. Blinkist shows a selection of non-fiction books (many about marketing and business). You can read each book in apx. 15 minutes. They’ve written an overview of the book, by adding chapters from the book and a condensed version with apx. 250 words each. So far, Blinkist has been an awesome experience for me.
The books I have read
In just two days, without hardly any time to read, I have read books like:
- Making it all work, by David Allen
- The organized mind, by Daniel Levitin
- Invisibles, by David Zweig
- How to win friends and influence people, by Dale Carnegie
- Emergency, by Neil Strauss
- Manage your day-to-day, by 99u and Jocelyn K. Gei
- The one thing, by Gary Keller and Jay Papasan
I actually feel that I’ve read all the pages of the books. I know I haven’t, but Blinkist provides great content and I’ve learned a lot by reading each of the books. Now, I don’t think that I’ll be buying less books by being a member at Blinkist. Actually, I think the opposite will be true. I’ll be buying more books, because I’ll be reading more as a member. If I find a very interesting book, like the book I just finished reading called Invisibles. I’m sure that I’ll want to read the whole book and end up buying it.
Take Blinkist with you
I have been testing Blinkist on the web (you can get the free trial at Blinkist here). I’ve been reading books in my browser. It’s great to read for 15 minutes. I’ve also been using my iPad. That’s even a better reading experience. I’ll be downloading the iPhone app as well, and I’ll probably be testing it during the next few days. There’s also an app for Android.
I’m thinking that I’ll be reading a lot more now that I’ve upgraded my membership at Blinkist. It’s a lot easier to get started, now that I know that I can finish a book in around 15 minutes.