Today, I read 3 nonfiction books. No Joke.
Well, okay, you got me. I listened to them instead of reading them. But, it really was 3 books today.
How’d I do it? I listened while getting ready for work and it only took an hour!
Wizardry you say? Not really.
Have you ever wished you had more time to read or listen to books?
Well, here’s a quick way for you to solve that problem (wizardry not included). These 3 apps open up a whole new way to learn and take in more books than you’ve ever tried to read.
No Time To Read? 3 Apps That Make It It Insanely Easy to Take in a New Book Every Day
Blinkist is where I read Moody Bitches by Julie Holland, Getting Things Done by David Allen and 100 Million Years of Food by Stephen Le all in one day.
Busy work schedules make it hard for anyone to read full books nowadays, so Blinkist takes popular nonfiction titles and condenses them into easy-to-read/listen to summaries called blinks. Each “blink” is less than 5 minutes long, and each summary is about 7-8 blinks so you can take in a new nonfiction book in about 15 minutes.
Blinkist is available online, on Android and on iPhone so you can read or listen to summaries anywhere you go.
How much does Blinkist cost?
- There’s a limited free version that gives you one book a day.
- Plus is $49.99/yr but does not include audio versions.
- Premium is $79.00/yr and includes audio.
That comes out to around $4 a month for Plus, and $6 per month for Premium (sorry, they don’t offer monthly subscriptions). These are great prices considering physical books cost you around $9-15 each and Audiobooks cost an average $19.00 each, or a $16 per month subscription.
The mobile interface is downright beautiful and straightforward. I love using it to listen to books while I’m doing other stuff like cleaning or cooking.
Get Abstract has been around since 1999. It started out by helping business professionals take in summaries of books and peer-reviewed journals in half the time required to read a full report. This original idea grew into this amazing app that’s available on desktop, Android, and iPhone.
In around 30 minutes, you can get full summaries of popular business books on topics like small business, leadership, management, self-help, finance, and many more topics. It took me 20 minutes to finish reading The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle. I can attest to the accuracy of their in-depth analysis of the book because I actually read the full book.
How much does Get Abstract cost?
This app offers much more in-depth compressed knowledge than Blinkist, so subscription prices are higher.
- Starter plan is $4.95/month, which only gives access to a portion of the library and no audio.
- Starter+ is $8.30/mo, and you get partial library access and full audio access.
- Pro account is $24.95/mo, and you get the entire library as well as full audio access.
One caveat is that the books found on Get Abstract are more business based than general nonfiction. It’s worthy of this short list because it appeals to the business savvy professional.
Get in a new nonfiction book on business, history or science in around 5 minutes.
The geniuses at Hardbound takes the most popular nonfiction titles and creates easy-to-digest images with quick summaries of the most important parts of the book.
Did you know that 65% of the population are visual learners? Why do you think infographics ranks so high in reader engagement. People eat visuals up!
Hardbound took advantage of this concept by creating images that help you understand and learn the book’s contents faster. Think about it, how cool is it that you could get smarter in just 5 minutes a day?
How much does Hardbound cost?
Hardbound is new and they operate a bit differently from Blinkist and Get Abstract. In exchange for your email, Hardbound will send you a new book summary every week for free.
Android users = sad faces. Hardbound is only on iPhone for now. But, you can still view a new book a week on the online version here.No Time To Read? 3 Apps That Make It It Insanely Easy to Take in a New Book Every Day Click To Tweet
Enjoy Books Again!
You know how important it is to continue learning – there’s mental and physical benefits to learning new things – but life can get in the way. Our lives are overstuffed with to-do lists, schedules, and appointments. It’s easy to just give up on reading because it’s a solitary and time-consuming activity.
Now, you don’t have to give up on reading and listening to new ideas and discoveries. With these apps, you can take in a new book in 5, 15, or 30 minutes. You pick!
Which app are you going to try?
Have you heard of other apps that help increase your learning quota?
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