Mobile apps that have changed my life: Blinkist

Blinkist will have you easily catching up on that great book list you never have time to get to.

Sometimes mobile apps make such a profound impact on my life, I just have to share the news with everyone I can. In that regard, I am going to create this new series here at Networking Nuggets of Knowledge on just that topic. 

First up is an app I am simply loving lately called Blinkist. Perhaps not the best name because I sure have trouble remembering it, but certainly a life-changing mobile app. 

Blinkist offers summaries of great nonfiction books' key insights in a made-for-mobile format. I have been learning something new every day, or at least everyday that I need to drive somewhere. Yes, most of the summaries are available in audio format during your free trial, though you need a Premium membership for the audio function after the trial has run up.

Blinkist promises to comb bestseller lists, review user suggestions, and solicit thought leader input to find the most intriguing reads out there. Next, their readers and writers dive into the selected texts and surface with the most valuable insights from each work. By the time the book in Blinkist makes it to you, they promise it will be a great educational experience, and so far I have to agree. 

It all begins with a three-day free trial with no credit card information required. Once you are hooked, and for me that was on the audio format, you then can sign up for one of three subscription plans. 

The free option allows you to read one book per day that they pre-select for you. For me, this would not have worked at all really, since I want the audio feature, and I certainly want to select my own books. For some, this might be all you ever need, however. 

The Plus membership allows you to read whatever summaries you like, but does not include audio. This membership is $49.99 per year. 

The Premium membership (the one I did), is $79.99 per year and provides audio as well as Evernote syncing. 

Yes, I know, it might be a little pricey, but I have already learned from books in such a convenient way that I really do think this is well worth the price tag. I really love the fact that I am getting just the most important insights from these books. While it is certainly no complete substitute for reading an entire book, it sure does help with the education process, and perhaps could lead to a full reading if the notes are that compelling.  

I hope you found this post informative, and I hope you are looking forward to learning about the next life-changing app!

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