BLINKIST REVIEWS 2020: A Member’s Unique Perspective

Do you have a pile of books lying around that you haven’t read? Ever wish you had more time to read? These days, people find it challenging to squeeze in time to read a little. Fortunately, there are subscription services where you can read or listen to books in short time frames. You may have read some Blinkist reviews, which will be the subject of this post.

With people spending more time at home these days, they might have some extra time for reading.

Or not? Who knows- it can be challenging to juggle work and helping out with family at the same time. Which can make it more difficult to set time for reading a great book.

Luckily, that’s what services such as Blinkist can come in and solve those little problems you’ve encountered.

Blinkist Reviews: What is this neat service about?

If you’re not familiar with Blinkist, it’s a subscription-based service where you can download book summaries. It’s been around for several years and has grown to be a popular service. The books are mostly nonfiction, ranging from personal development, current events, and psychology.

“Big Ideas in Small Packages”

It’s great for those who don’t have sufficient time to read. Also, it’s excellent for those who may want a summary of a specific book.

In this review, I will go over some of the following points:

1.) Blinkist Key Features

2.) Blinkist Pricing

3.) Blinkist Pros & Cons

4.) Rating & Overall Review

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Key features

One of the best things about Blinkist is it’s a timesaving tool for busy professionals, or for anybody who lives an “on the go” lifestyle. There are some great features that come with the reading app.

15-minute book summaries

When you download a book, you’ll get a 15-minute overview of the main takeaways. The Blinkist team will read the books, then break down the key points from the books. We know these points as “blinks.” It’s excellent for those who may not want to read a book in its entirety, or who aren’t sure if they’re going to buy the book. The idea behind Blinkist is for readers to test out a book. If you like what you see from a book, then you can decide whether to purchase it.

Audio & text formats

Blinkist books come with an audio version and text format. It’s convenient for those who commute and travel if they want to listen to a book. Or if you’re like me, listening to a book while doing chores or working out at the gym. All books are available in bite-size audio and text, which is suitable for those wanting to learn knowledge on the go.

Over 3,000 books available

Blinkist has a massive library of books that keeps growing each year. It adds around 40 titles each month in about 27 categories. 

Here are some screenshots of some books that are on my list:

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One account, multiple devices

Blinkist is available for download on a smartphone, tablet, desktop, and Kindle. So it’s convenient to read or listen to books on your phone while commuting. Or, if you want to use it while working on your laptop, that option is available as well. On another note, you can access it offline through the mobile app if you’re not in an area with an internet connection.


Blinkist offers its users a 7-day free trial to check out their library. For your first seven days, you get free access to over 3,000 books to read or listen in 15-minute nuggets. Once the 7-day free trial is up, you have the option to sign up for a monthly or yearly subscription. Blinkist’s premium plans include:

  • Premium Monthly ($15.99/month)

With the monthly plan, this fit is useful if you want to try out a short-term strategy and maybe cancel later. 

  • Premium Yearly ($8.34/month; $99.99 billed annually)

The yearly option is the most popular choice. You can save a little dough in the long-term with it planned in place. The 7-day free trial is a good start to test out the app.

You get access to other neat features. These features include:

  • Unlimited access to every book in their library

  • Ability to learn hands-free with audio

  • Highlight ideas you love

  • Enjoy your library offline

  • Sync highlights with Evernote (note-taking & productivity app)

  • Send you titles to Kindle reader

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Click on the banner below to start your 7-day free trial today!

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If you’re not ready to go premium, Blinkist gives you an option to access one pre-selected free daily read. When you sign up, you’ll be sent one title for free each day. If you want to try a basic account, click here for more information.

Pros & Cons


  • Nonfiction books available in 15-minute, bite-size nuggets

  • Book summaries include what you need to know, takes out the fluff 

  • The savings potential is enormous by not buying books

  • Check out books you may or may not like- if you don’t want a book, then no need to buy it

  • Time savings is a huge bonus, especially for those who don’t have a lot of time


  • With books in summary format, you don’t get the full value of a book

  • Serves more for the business community (more like executive summaries)

  • Not all books are available, such as fiction or children’s books

  • Some people believe reading/listening to books summaries; it’s a form of “cheating.”

Overall review

Rating: 9/10

In the last several years, more people are living an “on the go” lifestyle and busier than ever. With a subscription service such as Blinkist, they’ve addressed an issue that’s helped people set minimal time for learning and reading. Similar to the fast-food industry model, Blinkist serves a similar role in the education industry. What stands out the most with Blinkist is you can get access to summaries of well-known books. Many books have plenty of fluff- extra space to fill in and make a book longer), which readers don’t need. This feature comes without having to purchase a book and read it in its entirety.


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In my experience, I’ve been using Blinkist for nearly three years. I have nothing but stellar things to say about the app. I usually listen to 1-3 books on a good day, which can be between 7-21 books each week! That’s a lot of reading time, not to mention the savings in buying the books instead.

In that time frame, I’ve listened to dozens of books on time management and productivity. Luckily, I’ve learned some great tips and tricks to help me become a better individual (personally and professionally). 

If you wish you had more time to read, I encourage you to give Blinkist a shot. You know you need to learn more so you can continue to develop and expand your knowledge.

Special offer for those who sign up here!

For those who sign up for a premium account through my link, you will get 25% off your first year of premium membership. Of course, the best part is you can sign up now with a free 7-day trial before paying.

If you want to start saving more time (and investing in yourself), sign up below to start your 7-day free trial.

Continue learning today!

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What do you think of Blinkist? Do you prefer 15-minute blinks over reading an entire book?

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Eric is a time management consultant and owner of the blog, He takes great pride in helping people manage their time, personally and professionally. Eric is a firm believer in time freedom, as he believes in taking ownership of time. “Time is your most important asset. It can be your best friend or worst enemy. How you use your time can shape the future you desire to have.” In his leisure time, Eric loves to write and read whenever possible. He likes to go for long walks out in nature and been taking Zumba classes every week at his local gym. You can follow Eric via Facebook and LinkedIn.

8 thoughts on “BLINKIST REVIEWS 2020: A Member’s Unique Perspective”

  1. Hello; Blinkist is a welcome product to all who want to know what’s inside of a book. Because of the density of the average person’s daily activity, listening to a book being read is a great benefit. 

    Imagine, I am at my computer working while someone is reading a book to me, which gives me momentum to work more steadily at what I am doing. 

    There is always someone reading the Bible in my mother’s house from an online source, could it be a product of Blinkist?


    • Thanks, Dorcas. Yes, Blinkist certainly can save people’s time on a daily basis. Listening to a book is the way I go as well, especially when I’m moving around and so forth.

      It’s good to know that listening to a book helps you stay focused while working.

      I do know that Blinkist doesn’t have versions of the Bible, but they do have a “Religion & Spirituality” category in their library. They have a nice collection of books to select from.

      Thanks again for sharing your input!

  2. Thank you for educating me this app –Blinkist. It’s quite relevant in today’s fast-paced life. I think it could be especially useful to college students, both for academic purposes –to study efficiently and also to keep nurturing a love for books. I find that some students, after a 4 year course, don’t ever want to see another book for a long time.
    Blinkist could make it a no-pressure situation.
    It’s great that you are a user of the app, yourself. After reading, I would recommend it. Worth having. .

    • Of course, Marie-Rose. You make a great point about college students utilizing an app such as Blinkist.I’ve been out of college for nearly six years now. If I had heard of Blinkist back then, I would’ve hopped on much earlier. 

      I get what you mean by students not wanting to see another book. Textbooks can be boring, I’ve had that feeling as well. But with Blinkist, it can be a great solution for learning on the go.

      Thanks for sharing your feedback! I hope you’ll consider giving it a try at some point. It’s an excellent app!

  3. It’s great to have such platforms around where you can get summaries for books, I love this. I love reading books, it’s a great way to learn more about life and it’s a great past time. I wish I could read more. The internet does not allow me the time to do more reading because I am always online but whit blinkist I can actually read more. Now I won’t see the internet as an hindrance. I really appreciate this article, I will do more research on this, thanks very much. 

    • Of course! I’m glad you enjoyed reading this review.

      I agree with you- I think there many people who love reading, it’s just more of a time management problem. I’m considered one of those people who struggle with reading time myself. But with Blinkist, it does provide a solution to time management in general. That’s what I appreciate the most about the app- it helps me save time to focus on my daily priorities.

      Thanks again for sharing! If you decide to try out Blinkist, I would love to hear about your experience with it. It’s good to hear back from readers every once and awhile.

  4. I have to admit, I don’t read a lot these days.  I used to be an avid reader in my youth but now with all the information being thrown at us from all directions, TV, radio, internet, phones, tablets it seems I get more information which is mainly useless.  I think that Blinkist is a very good idea, I hadn’t really thought of using audiobooks but getting a summary of the book is what appeals to me about Blinkist.  Thanks for pointing out the pros and cons of this product.

    • Of course, I’m glad to hear that you found this review useful.

      Yes, in this day and age, it’s not easy to get much reading done. I certainly struggle sometimes. But when I do, I make sure to listen to some short samples from Blinkist and learn something new. It helps out a lot and a big time-saver as well. I’m with you on the summary formats- they’re friendly and convenient.

      Thanks for your insightful comments- much appreciated!


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