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Want To Gain Knowledge? The UN Just Endorsed This Learning App

Doing your mind good, your body good, and doing social good, too. Learn why the Blinkist app is the UN’s top choice for best Learning & Education app this year.
by Caitlin Schiller | Apr 21 2017

Look at most tech companies’ descriptions and you’ll find the words “ground-breaking,” “cutting edge,” or “innovative.” These terms apply to cooking apps, rideshare services, banking apps, photo editing tools, dating services, and much more. A term much less often associated with tech today is “social impact.” And that is precisely why it is a great honor for the Blinkist app to have been designated just such a digital innovator in this year’s World Summit Awards.

the world summit awards recognises the Blinkist app as the best learning app

The World Summit Award, granted by the United Nations, selects and promotes digital innovation with a focus on making the world a better place. The Blinkist app, which gives users the key ideas from nonfiction books in audio and text, is a perfect fit.

This year, the Blinkist app received the World Summit Award in the Learning and Education category. As a company deeply committed to ensuring global knowledge exchange, this award fits us just right—a fact to which our community of 2 million people located all over the world would attest.

Why is the Blinkist app perfect for people thirsty for knowledge? Why do so many millions read or listen to the Blinkist app every day? And why did the UN give the Blinkist app its stamp of approval? Here are the top 5 reasons:

1. Backed By Science: The Product & The Service

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The Blinkist app filters 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.

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 ideas 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 smartest 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, the Blinkist app 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 2 million in our community of learners, and they amaze us. They’re entrepreneurs in Brazil and grandmothers in Northern England; 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, you’re joining a 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 an exclusive Facebook group of smart, curious Blinkist learners suggesting books, sharing advice, and swapping their success stories and advice for when the going gets tough.

3. An intimate audio learning experience

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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 the Blinkist app, 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

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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 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

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The Blinkist app 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 2 million modern learners.

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