In Re: Blinklist Promo 1/5
By Jenny, a fan
Great concept, will try it, but I’m concerned that persons breaking down concepts will be personally biased in the summary of ideas -as recognized in the first part of the promo commentary about the App.
Additionally, I hope that topics chosen will not then narrow future topics recommended, excluding a full menu of diverse subjects.
An item that bothered me in the promo commentary about the App, was the repetitive use of the adjective, “intellectuals”. I find that to be pandering, and suggest that “intellectuals” should be replaced with a simpler yet diverse adjective such as “one”.
Education makes the world a better place, & should ideally be inclusive.
I am interested in giving it a try, & am appreciative of Apple’s/iPhone’s advertising of this concept/App.
Great app 3/5
Over all it’s a great app except for one thing, once you get away from hard science the content is very left biased please add some opposing viewpoints.
Painfully Left leaning... 1/5
Others have said it, but it needs to be repeated. For their daily picks - they consistently choose politically Left books, sometimes extremist left.
I don’t get why a for profit company wants to alienate half of their customers.
Make your picks balanced, or just stay away from politics all together.
If I see one or two more extremist leftist books that are not balanced out with the other side - I am removing this app all together.
Update: Your developer response is in direct contrast to reality. I have never, ever seen a book listed on the “other side of the fence.” I have to delete the app now... I looked for months !
They will charge you quickly. 2/5
There should be a reminder about the $99 charge they yank from your account. Yes they tell you in seven days it’s going to happen but frankly, 1) I haven’t had time to explore enough because I’m having a hard time finding the books I’d like to read and my fault but with this unrest in the country I have not had time to decide if this app is really for me. Now I have it for a year so....well I’ll make sure they can’t yank my money next year too.
The concept for ADD people like me is good but now my experience will be tainted. A monthly fee would have been more user friendly. But now I can’t recommend to my reading group.
Bad practices. But you got my money.
Awesome app with great and quick insight to change your life 5/5
Blinklist is the most important app for everyone who’s serious about personal growth and living your best live , you will learn new knowledge in less than 5 minute that’s can make difference in your personal and professional life
They publish indiscriminate trash 2/5
They publish some garbage not worthy of the site. Dr Stephen Gundry has 2 books on the site. Research indicates that his material claims have neither been peer reviewed or have an adequate medical basis.
The reviews of his work by medical doctors ( easily found by a google search) finds little basis for his claims and opine based on known medicine that he is simply wrong on other assertions.
Finally the publication of authors of click bait internet ads that promise to tell you one amazing fact, take 13 minutes doing so, and at the end seek to sell you something is abhorrent. It renders the app as its own form of misinformation and trolling.
Love this app. 5/5
Someone complained under reviews that there are not enough books and I disagree. There is enough to last you years and they keep adding more. The addition of full length audio books is a genius move. Appreciate everyone at Blinkist!
Great app 5/5
By 1213222lockedin loaded
I personally love the app, love to read but work 13 hour days so can never finish a book. I always buy a book then read a few pages a week then by the time I finish the book I don’t gain anything cuz it’s been so long since I read the beginning. So if your a busy person, who can’t sit down and read for an hour or two a day this is perfect. I’ve read about 6 blinks in last 48 hours. Best 15 bucks a month I spent.
Recommend for self improvement and awareness 4/5
By D.A.H., Jr.
Please make for CarPlay. Just have the audio version of the words, play. Great app
Only good as cliff notes or reading topics you’d never read 2/5
I’ve had blinkist for more than a year and initially I thought a condensed version of great books was an amazing idea.
However, after reading actual books vs blinkist. My conclusion is that Blinkist skips a lot of key details, examples, and important chapters from books. This is horrible
This speed reading is good if you want to learn about topics you’d never read, or to remember a few key points of a book you’ve already read.
Great App 5/5
Only wish for a more selection of books. Also wish for a chat or message box where we can contact customer service for questions
Seems Like A Useful Tool! 5/5
Living at the advent of convenience is deeply ingrained in our life experience, and we absorb and internalize useful information so quickly in boiled down essentials... in fact some would say the greatest aims of thought should be to condense the principles of the world, truths of professions, secrets of human interaction, etc. to their most basic forms so we can cumulatively reach a higher point of general understanding from which to build. To that end, this app is a superb advancement of the cause!
Great App Just wish they had on Apple Watch 5/5
Great App Just wish they had on Apple Watch, so I could listen when I’m on runs
Time saver! 5/5
My list of books to read is continuously growing and I’d never be able to read fast enough to keep up. I’m a fairly slow reader depending on the topic so I listen to a lot of audiobooks. Even still, it’s not enough. Blinkist is a time saver for getting the main points of non-fiction, self-help books that I love but otherwise wouldn’t have the chance to read!
Best book summary app 5/5
Love your UI and the ease of reading summaries of books. Very creative app
My mini education 5/5
By Native of San Rafael
I love getting a mini education on many interesting subjects.
THIS IS WONDERFUL.
Read a book without actually reading it! 5/5
By Sarthak Patipati
Three things I like about Blinkist:
1. Concise summaries which are easy to read and simple to understand. Presents only the important message while not compromising tiny facts that that support it.
2. Brilliant writing that flows easily without needing to re-read.
3. Good collection of books. I read one book every night so I can get the satisfaction of actually reading something informative.
Great notes in a small package 5/5
Easy to read summaries of key chapters in any book. Great for busy people
who like to read but don’t have the time.
Miracle Morning 5/5
I was surprised. I prefer to read than to listen to someone reading to me. I tried Miracle Morning simply to experience my very first use of Blinkest and did so while listening and moving about with some tasks. The voice was clear and pleasant, and listening was so easy that I listened to the entire recording, then took a peek at the text. If other topics prove to be as good as this one, I will surely look for more. Thanks to all who initiated the project and brought it to production!
Thanks for the expense, I’m liking the app! 5/5
I’ll consider renewing though.
Needs more sharing options... 1/5
This app is hands down my favorite app on my phone... That being said it's still in early development (UX, Funding, etc.) and more features are destined to be coming. The current issues are that:
1. You can't just directly share what you're reading to any desired social platform
2. The filters of your favorites, books to read, and have read are super limited. I want more organization options.
3. There aren't links for people to buy the book after 'blinking' it easily
Negative review is so they notice.
The Blinkist App 5/5
Hey, what’s up... I’m @inlandempiregrider and I rec this app for anyone who is looking for an efficient way to learn. From the content that is provided... this is only going to work for you if you have an open mind and are not necessarily looking for a specific title or author, because not all apps can carry everything so.... that’s my 2 c3ntzzzz! #shineyourlight
Highway Robbery 1/5
This app is too expensive to offer no Technical/Customer support when issues come up.
Awesome app! 5/5
Easy to use, great material!!
Great app so far! 4/5
Blinkist is now a part of my routine every morning. I love all the narrators as they do not sound boring. However, there is one tiny concern when listening to the audio Blinks. The Blink page will read on it’s heading, for an example, Blink 2 of 9 and the audio voice will say “Blink 1 of 9”. I know this is due in considering the “What’s in it for me?” page. It’s not a ground breaking nuisance but feel it would be cleaner if the numbers matched the Blinks with heading.
Good app 4/5
App is great, you guys did a great job. I didn’t find a option to cast the audio to a google home or other devices connected to WiFi. Would be great if you guys can add it
Brain Fuel 5/5
By Idea Factory
Great product that will enrich your life in a meaningful way. Time spent on this platform is time well spent.
Please fix the audio 4/5
For the past several months, the audio tends in stop in the middle of the audio chapters.
This happens to approximately 90% of the books. When I join after 1 year ago & the book images are identical to the actual book cover, the audio was smooth throughout all the chapters.
I’m tired of the audio error message on this phone app to select either Retry or Cancel. I have selected either button, but the results are identical. Audio didn’t continue & I had to start from the beginning or I just exit the app frustrated again. Please fix your problem before you start loosing more customers.
Needs more books but overall a great app 4/5
By STK Clothing Co.
I’ve been using Blinklist for about 3 weeks now, and in my short time using this app, I don’t have many criticisms. As an avid book reader myself, sometimes its hard to find the motivation to read one. Some unfortunately just drone on and on, without presenting the underlying message in a easily digestible manner. This app provides a shortcut for users who simply just don’t have the time and or patience to sit and read for hours on end. The book summaries, provide it users with the authors main points, and while relatively short, are quite insightful.
If I had one criticism with this app, it’s that it NEEDS MORE BOOKS! The content of the app is encompasses a lot of subjects, but at times seems “limited” in quantity. (I use that word sparingly). Overall I think that blinklist has the potential to be a groundbreaking app, but the developers need to refine it more and add a lot more content. In conclusion, it’s a great app, totally recommend!
Great app 5/5
Great app to have when you don't have enough time can give you an idea from great books you can choose and easy to find them in the app library
This is my morning coffee 5/5
By Luna CL
I really enjoy reading a blink each morning, it’s like I’ve read an entire book each morning.
Blinkist is a fantastic application 4/5
The only missing (and I’m sure the crowd is small) is listening up to 3x speed. I listen to quite a few books on audible also and pushing my listening and comprehension speed to ingest more information during my audiobook listening time, and I got used to speeds up to 3.5x in increments , is there a possibility that in one of the future update, we can add the feature? Thanks for the work on this fantastic app
Great content, but app needs work. 4/5
The summaries are mostly pretty good. The app itself needs work. Once a book is on your queue, there is no way to delete it—extremely frustrating. Reordering then queue doesn’t work as expected. Hoping to see improvements in these areas.
Be careful when you purchase 1/5
By unhappy cuatomer 9876432
They are tricky with sign ups. What only looked like a month sign up for me turned into a year long subscription. I’m sure that if you use the app regular it is a great app however, I the process of signing up. It felt incredibly dishonest.
Love This APP!!! 5/5
App is amazing, don’t have any issues with it. I’ve had it now for about three months and I enjoy the information and the convenience.
Needs more organization! 2/5
Like the idea of this app & it seems very polished. But, I’m rating it only two stars because it is so time consuming to try and find something. For example, pick a category... I picked Science. Then you have a ton of choices. Only problem, you have to individually look at each. There is no way to sort this massive list. Why not give options like most recent, oldest, longest, shortest, etc. Plus, and this would be HUGE, let’s listeners rate them all, so you would be able to sort by highest rated, etc.
Add ratings and sorting options and I might be tempted to become a paying customer.
It is ok 3/5
Overall it is useful, but if I need quality content I often go to getAbstract instead.
The major issue with blinkst is that developers are changing the style of the author in their summaries often distorting the original narrative in some ugly ways.
So if you decide to read book after, you get a feeling that blinkst gave you not a summary, but some very poor overview of a very creative person who decided that his style is better than author’s style. It is almost always don’t.
Just try to mimic author’s style as close as possible and this will be a significant step froward.
Inadequate selection and seems unethical 1/5
I know the app for non-fiction books, but it’s missing a lot of common books and authors. Would only be worth the money if it included fiction and more philosophy and esoteric subjects. The stuff they do have isn’t that interesting or sought-after. It’s very modern and also liberal-leaning. Also, it seems questionable and unethical to take money away from the authors of these books by influencing people not to buy the books. What percentage of these summaries do you think goes to the actual author? Zero, I’m guessing. I also think it’s a form of plagiarism to steal the writer’s material and use their book titles in these summaries that the writer probably did not approve of or intend for. That might be why the book selection is so poor. It’s similar to free YouTube music.
Enlightenment of my mind 5/5
After subscription to Blinkist, I am getting a habit to read a book per day. By reading books, my knowledge and my power is getting better. It is enlightening of my mind.
Awesome blinks for every intellectual wanting to make a positive change 5/5
Just one issue so far with the App: I wanted to listen again to an interesting 15 min audio book but I forgot the title to search for it. If there is a way to search for previously listened blinks in a chronological order, it would be great. I do see a bookmark on the blinks I have listened to, but the very first one I listened seem to be missing.
Get this app 5/5
Very good application
A suggestion 5/5
My name is Noura.First,I would like t to express my interest in this application Blinkist.I am really glad to be a member of this great Blinkist community for almost two years.I also enjoy the full library of Blinkist and the audiobooks.I have learned a lot and have grown tremendously since then.
Since I am an Arabic speaker ,I wonder if there is a simple way to provide an Arabic copy of this Application . So I can get many useful insights of this application
Endless thanks to all people who work on this application .
Enjoyable, well done, and a good use of free time / commutes 5/5
By William C B
Fantastic. Listen daily on my dog walks (and commute, pre-pandemic) and it turns wasted time into knowledge yielding time-well-spent.
dark mode 3/5
please add dark mode in ios for people sensitive to bright light.
Life changing 5/5
I recommend this app for anyone!!!
Good value 5/5
I liked it a lot
Bomb Diggity 5/5
Love business abs personal development books but never find time to read them. Now I can- love it
Love it! 5/5
By Shakti Mata
Perfect way to browse books to see what to read next!
Life after Google’s Blinkist 5/5
By B Fraling
Thank you for summarizing “Life after Google”. I gave my icebreaker about books in 2014. Volume of Information always fascinated me. I will finish my “speaking career” of the legacy program with this blinkist.