Meet The App That Revolutionized Book Reading For 5 Million People
A Gallup poll conducted in 2015 found that a work week for the average full-time American employee is 47 hours (or nearly 6 days a week), and they usually have only 19 minutes to devote to reading.
So we thought: what if it were possible to take those 19 minutes of reading time a day and deliver people the kind of knowledge they need to be their best?
Could our digital publishing company, by devoting all of our skills and heart to finding a solution, crack this problem?
Yes, at it turns out. Launched in 2013, the Blinkist app offers short versions of bestselling books that can be read in 15 minutes or fewer.
Blinkist has high-powered summaries of insights from over 2,500 must-read nonfiction books. 5 million people are reading every day with the Blinkist app, and more are discovering it every day.
Why are so many people in love with our little reading app? Here are 5 of our favorite reasons.
1. Backed By Science: The Product & The Service
We filter through the noise to make sure you get knowledge you can trust. We sort through the approximately 2,200,000 books published worldwide to find the best nonfiction books out there.
Then, our subject specialists, writers, and editors identify the key ideas from each of these hand-selected books and transform them into smart, useful summaries of insights we lovingly polish and refine until they are nothing but the absolute most essential elements of the writer’s main ideas.
We do the filtering for you, then we share those ideas with you the way your dream-friend would.
Better yet, our content is scientifically formulated with brain-based learning to be memorable and clear. This also means that it’s easy to learn wherever, whenever you have a moment—just pick up where you left off, and use audio to learn if you’re suddenly on the move.
Even Blinkist’s in-app reader was designed to be easy on the eyes and pleasing to the brain. Plus, Blinkist is built to tailor itself to you: as you start reading, favoriting, and highlighting with Blinkist, the app will surface new titles you’ll love.
2. The Learners
We recently reached 5 million in our community of learners, and they amaze us. They’re grandmothers in Northern England and entrepreneurs in Brazil; they’re students in Finland and HR managers in Southeast Asia. They’re entrepreneurs (and moms!) in New York City and they’re teachers perched on Himalayan mountaintops.
All kinds of people use the Blinkist app to become their best selves, so when you sign up for Blinkist, you’re joining an invisible network of people around the world who thirst for knowledge and are committed to making the most of their time and talent by bettering their minds. And you can meet each other, too! We now have a Facebook group of smart, curious Blinkist learners suggesting books, sharing advice, and swapping their success stories and advice for when the going gets tough.
Do you learn best when someone talks you through it? Turns out that today, most other busy, bright people do, too! During our first two years of making Blinkist, audio versions of our books-in-blinks was the number one most requested feature. And so we made it happen. Now, it’s easy to keep learning in the car, to the beach, on a run, or wherever else you’re going.
Audio fits into the day in a way text sometimes can’t, so even if there are times when it seems like those 19 minutes a day you’ve got for reading might slip through your fingers, it’s still possible to fit in a little learning. Lots of our users love audio because of our narrators, all real people from around the world, trained to deliver an intimate audio learning experience.
4. Real People
Do you wish that you had a super smart friend who’d share the fascinating things they read about with you? Now you do! We come from 21 countries and have a collection of degrees and experience that runs the gamut from former hadron collider operator to literature professor to museum docent to mathematician.
We’re people who care deeply about learning and getting to the bottom of the big ideas that matter—in every subject. We read every book ourselves, we write every book-in-blinks, we edit and record every single pack of key insights.
We’re people—not bots—and we like to think that this shows in the care we put into our work and how much our community trusts us.
It takes a minimum of 7 people to make a book-in-blinks, which means you never have to question its quality, or whether it’s been carefully vetted.
5. The Innovation
Blinkist makes it possible to discover new thinkers and ideas that matter, keep learning every day, and take some of the pressure off your quest to be an informed citizen and a better you.
As the world gets faster and faster, we’ll keep on making it easy and enjoyable to fit reading and learning back into every single day. We’ll go where the best ideas are—whether that’s books, articles, podcasts, or other media—and bring them to you. You can count on it.
Download the Blinkist app today and join our community of 5m modern learners.