Author: Tariq Abdulla
Date: 12 Jul 2017, tested on HTC One S
Functions quickly, intuitive interface, no ads
Blinkist for Android is a large and constantly expanding collection of summarised non-fiction books. Entries in Blinkist are curated and condensed by hand. The interface is fluid and fun to use.
Each book opens with summary, followed by a numbered list of the key points made by the book (which may or may not correspond to the chapters). You then swipe through a number of short pages ("Blinks") in which each key point is expanded on. It's all organized very logically. The bar at the bottom shows you your progress through the pages, and to the right you can see your position scrolling up and down. These are essential features for fidgety people like me - you feel like each blink is not too long to read through, and flicking from blink to blink gives you something to do while absorbing the information.
At present the Blinkist catalog is skewed towards business, management and self-help type books. I think the model works particularly well for these kind of books because are easily summarised, and often the key points are the main thing to take home from them. There are also several popular science as well as politics and history books.
Blinkist could be a good way to get a feel for a book before deciding whether to read it - more informative than reading reviews. However, it's often the details in non-fiction books that are interesting, and not only the key messages. It could be a popular service with students, but to make it more appealing they would need to add a more specialist material for specific subjects.
Blinkist starts with a 3 day free trial, and is then subscription based for $7.99 per month or $49.99 for a year.