Blinkist is an interesting little app. It’s only just popped up on my radar. In a usual fit of rage I’ve entered the Apple App Store. I can’t remember what I was i did it. I clicked on this app. My only logic could be that the short bio was interesting and the icon itself was perfectly stable looking from a graphic design point of view.
Once I installed it my brain began compaing it to others. It does distinctly remind me of audioboom service days where Guardian Tech Weekly podcasts were decent. Somewhere in my inbox is also FutureLearn. Each audio book part certainly is geared towards learning just as FutureLearn. Finally, it also reminds me of where you go on Amazon and check out pages in books before buying.
What It Does
So far, I’ve not explained it well. That’s fine because it still was a mess in my head at one point. Then I read somewhere that it was actually an overview of sections of text from books. It essentially picks the juiciest vital parts and uses these as the summary.
Some online cases go as far as showing people learning at great speeds by simply listening to the audio summary. So, not only does it summarise in a healthy way, it also allows you to hear it via audio.
In interested so far. I’m also proud to be an early adopter. It seems to have had a first Birthday just prior to Dec 2015. My only worry, he says selfishly. Is that I have been pushed into a corner where I was not given any choice but to sign up for the three day trial. I’d really like to have just opted for free if I’m honest.
Typical to the current trends in websites and apps, this bad boy does it right. The interface is perfect. It does look good and navigates well. The part that gets me is when I feel that the app is egonomically made to fit just my hand.
Honestly, I’m still in honeymoon phase. I’m happy with it being one of those apps I might pickup and drop in a while. The freemium side suits me more and I think it will suit others too. I just don’t understand how this will be sustainable for them as a business. If I were to pay, I wouldn’t. Don’t get me know but the pricing is okay in some ways. When looking closely into it, I think being able to sync to other devices and apps should already exist. It shouldn’t be in a super premium plan.
I would definitely keep this app on my phone for a while and would also recommend it.