This past week I have been testing out an app called Blinkist. A few people have recommended it to me as it might give access to lots of books for minimal cost or help to save on time for some people.
The premise is that rather than spending many hours reading a particular book you might be able to get most of the useful information by taking a few minutes reading a few summary pages (or blinks). I can see how it could be valuable to some people but for me it is probably only worth using it for the free trial period to confirm whether books should remain on my reading list or not. Or alternatively for getting a quick summary of books that have been recommended but you don't have time to read in full or for ones that you cannot find the audiobook version of..
The main reason for this is that the majority of my "reading time" is actually listening to audiobooks while commuting. Blinkist does have an audio option but I don't think it could replace the full audiobook experience for me at least. I guess the area where Blinks could be useful is when trying to make the most of the odd 2-3 minute gap between pts.
After the free trial period the app costs £5-10 per month depending on your subscription. Personally I prefer to spend that money on Audible for the the full audiobooks instead.
I would be interested to hear whether anyone has used this or other similar apps to put their learning on fast-forward?
Dr Chris Harper