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What's your opinion on blinkist.com ?

Discussion in 'Education, Learning, Books' started by Alex Nolte, Apr 8, 2018.

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    Seems like most have said what I am about to say...

    I've been on blinkist for 3 years now.

    Here is my process. Though might be overkill for some.

    1. I scroll through Blinkist and find books that might be interesting to me.
    2. I save them and read through the summary.
    3. If the summary is good ( meaning good to my interest ), then I might buy the book/kindle/audio and go deeper with the real thing.
    4. I read through "Blinks" of books I already read ( maybe 1-4 years ago ) and get a refresher of the topic.​

    I have found if you just ONLY read the blinks/summary, you can miss out on a ton. By a ton, I mean A TON. However, using it as a pre-filter I can get an idea if the book is something I want to dig deeper into.

    Lots of gems are missed compared to reading the book/audio/kindle and those gems add up. Also all the "reading between the lines" is missed too.

    I use it as a "filter" for new books.

    I use it to "remember" topics and high level of older books I have already read.

    I also back this process up with Sivers' summary of books available at BOOKS | Derek Sivers

    Although this sounds like a lot of work, I actually like getting my own view of what the books are about, AND ALSO the views of others like Derek Sivers or the person summarizing the books. Sometimes a new "angle" can be enlightening and educational.

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    Good approach, and I guess I do the same, but it still seems to be a distraction overall. Plus, I end up with a ton of books in my "to read" list, which creates a bit of anxiety. That's just me.
     
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    couldn't sum it any better. thanks a million!

    Just argued with a friend of mine couple of months ago on this and out of the blue he said the same things i told months ago...


    give this man a medal :D :D :D :D
     
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    So guys, I know it's been a while since my last reply. After having "tried" a few of the free daily blinks I can now come to the conclusion that what I think the majority of other users on this thread have said already: A blink NEVER replaces a real book. I don't even remember all the books names which summaries I read.

    So yeah it gives you a first taste or the main idea, but the fact that you only deal with each book for a few minutes, makes it impossible for you to build a deep connection to the book as you would normally do.

    Furthermore I'd say its just too much information at once: You all know that taking action is way more important than learning one theoretical approach after the other but when you get to know new or different principles on a daily basis (through blinkist) you don't even know where to start and kinda lose control.

    So for me its just not worth spending that much money when I still have to buy the real book in the end.
     

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