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TypePrivate company/GmbH
FoundedAugust 2012, 21; 10 years ago (21-08-2012)
FounderHolger Seim
Niklas Jansen
Sebastian Klein
Tobias Balling
HeadquartersBerlin, Germany
ProductsBlinkist App
Total assetsIncrease US$35 million (2018)[1] Edit this at Wikidata

Blinkist is a book-summarizing subscription service based in Berlin, Germany. It was founded in 2012 by Holger Seim, Niklas Jansen, Sebastian Klein, and Tobias Balling and has eighteen million users as of 2021.[2]

The service provides summaries of over 5,000 bestselling nonfiction books in fifteen-minute reads, otherwise known as Blinks, or book-in-blinks.[3] The summaries are available in English and German.[1]


Users can browse books within 27 categories which include Entrepreneurship & Small Business, Politics, Marketing & Sales, Science, Economics, History, Communication Skills, Corporate Culture and more. The free app lets the user read a random daily pick. Blinkist provides summaries of books and also provides audio versions of the summaries. The service allows users to sync highlights the book summaries to other services like Kindle and Evernote.[4]

Similar services[edit]

Blinkist's competitors include Sumizeit, BUUK App, Booknotes, Snapreads, ReadingIQ, getAbstract, Instaread, BookRags, and Quiddity.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Blinkist raises $18.8M for its condensed reading platform for non-fiction books".
  2. ^ "Blinkist: Serving curious minds". Blinkist. Retrieved 2021-04-14.
  3. ^ Cain, Sian (9 December 2018). "Blink and you'll miss it: can you really digest a whole book in 15 minutes?" – via
  4. ^ "What Is Blinkist?". Four Minute Books. Retrieved 2022-01-28.
  5. ^ Staff, O. T. "Blinkist Review (2021) – Is It Worth It? | OutwitTrade". Retrieved 2022-06-16.

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