If you are anything like me, then seeing the number of books that are touted as life-changers these days causes you anxiety about how much more you need to read to stay ahead of the curve. Either the volume of great content available these days has dramatically gone up or it has become easier to garner fame in the digital age. Regardless, I couldn’t help but set-off on a quest to find ways to read more of books in the shortest time possible.
I wondered what would be the impact on my life if I could read 3 books a day, i.e. almost a 1,000 books a year. After all,
After doing multiple deep-dives into courses that would increase my reading and comprehending speed, I concluded that any improvement with such an approach would only be incremental and thus not meet the lofty goal I had set for myself. It is at this point that I stumbled upon an app called Blinkist.
Blinkist summarizes the most popular books in the form of these tiny blinks, which are 1–2 min summaries of the main chapters. Given that a book would typically have 10 chapters, the complete book can be read in about 15 to 20 mins. The best part, you can either read or listen to the Blinks. Although most summaries are great, some do leave you with a lingering feeling of not getting enough. In totality, the amount of learning from a book, that is packed into such a short time, trumps any benefit I would gain from reading the complete book. Obviously, this is very personal and some of you may feel differently.
The app has changed the way I read and learn. Here’s how:
- I had often struggled to recollect the key learnings from some of my favorite books since they were so long and the nuggets of wisdom were sprinkled across the book, making it harder to go back and review. While I started summarizing the insights and marking up the books, I soon realized that it stretched the reading time and made the process feel more like a chore. Soon enough, I ran out of patience and couldn’t bear the delayed sense of gratification from completing the book.
- Blinkist solved that problem and now I find myself repeatedly listening to the books that have had a profound impact on my thinking.
In a short span of time, I have listened to or read over 200 books and I keep going back for more every day. So with that said, let me share a few highlights:
What’s so cool about Blinkist?
The app has a few neat features that make reading both fun and efficient. Here are the ones I find myself using frequently.
How much does it cost you?
The plans range from a free plan to $79.99 a year, depending on how ambitious and flexible you would like to be with your reading routine. See the plans here.
How do you get the best out of it?
For me, using the app as a great snackable source of knowledge works quite well. This means that rather than succumbing to the temptation of opening Facebook or Instagram to kill time during the short breaks or transit times, I use Blinkist to serve my goal of keeping up with my ever-growing reading list.
In conclusion, if you have been itching to get your hands onto some of the best books of our time, but just haven’t found those hours to read them, then give Blinkist a try to see what you can read with a few spare minutes.
Happy Reading :)