I’m excited to write this post because I get to write about an Android app. App reviews are a favorite of mine to write and I’ve considered creating a blog dedicated to just that, but don’t have the time. In recent months, I’ve finally gotten it through my thick skull how important it is to feed your mindset rather than just your mind. What I mean by that is that I’ve always been a proponent of constant learning, but not very enthusiastic about the self-help genre. I’ve seen some online friends go through the transformation of adopting the right mindset. I know it’s part of the deal and that it works.
The main way people go about adopting the right mindset is by reading books by successful people. You can’t run in entrepreneurial circles for very long without hearing names like Dale Carnegie, Guy Kawasaki, Tim Ferriss, Elon Musk, Steven Covey, and more followed by their famous book titles. It’s easy to get overwhelmed pretty quickly. If you’re like me, I have to deliberately set aside time for books usually in 15-minute increments. It takes weeks to get through a book at that pace.
We all know those people who seem to be constantly reading books. They might even post pictures of their current reads or be so avid as to post regular Goodreads updates. I always have a “coulda shoulda woulda” feeling about reading. I want to be well-read in theory, but in execution, I lack dedication. I read all day everyday online, but neglect my bookshelf.
I like to keep my shelves and Kindle well-stocked, and I usually do that via a couple discount methods. First, I go the discount/secondhand route for my hard copies. Secondly, I utilize ALL of the free options that Amazon affords, and I’ve written about my favorite on my other website. So if you like free Kindle books, give this a read. To grab additional free books for Kindle, particularly the classics, check out these:
- Cheap Reads for Kindle: Free Books and Low Priced Reading Options
- A list from a user – Free Classic Kindle Books
But what if you just don’t have the time or are overwhelmed by the desire to read all those books?
In 15 minutes, I can get the gist of an entire book. Blinkist pulls out all of the key points and ideas for me. It expounds on each point, let’s me know who the book is best suited for, as well as the general information should I choose to explore further. Some might argue that I’m missing out by not reading the entire book, but I can also choose to buy the book if I find the summary provided by Blinkist helpful. I’d much rather check out the idea behind a book first rather than buy it only to realize it’s not what I need.
I had no idea how much Blinkist costs until researching for this article. It’s a free download in the Play Store (also available in the App Store), and you get 3 days free. Upon further investigation, I saw a $4.99 a month or $49.99 a year claim, and thought that was reasonable enough. The official pricing gives the yearly payment option only, and had I checked this up front, I probably won’t have written this article. Even so, I feel there are people who would find this beneficial enough to invest 50 bucks for a year of in-depth book knowledge. Here’s hoping they adopt a monthly plan at some point in the future. Click here for up-to-date pricing.
Blinkist is a fantastic concept with a steep price tag. I’m sure there’s another way to get the gist of most of the books I’d like to read without the expenditure. A monthly fee would be a much more viable option for me, and I think they’re limiting themselves by not offering more options.
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