To Blinkist, or not to Blinkist, that is the question
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To Blinkist, or not to Blinkist, that is the question

To Blinkist, or not to Blinkist, that is the question

11/24/2020

In the world of rapid publications, with the liberty of self-publishing, "Best-seller" lists are full of garbage that can be comprehended in less than 500 words or the size of an abstract in a scientific paper.

Now, if you go directly to Blinkist and read the summary, it may be challenging to get the motivation to read the whole book when you have already derived an opinion about the content from the "Blinkister" (Assuming that is what the person or group writing this summary are called).

Yet there are few challenging books to read where you have to pause occasionally, such as the recent one, "The Parasitic Mind" By Gad Saad or the classic, "Sapiens" by Yuval Harari. However, you don't want to read the summary of them, instead read them in full, many times during your lifetime. Meanwhile, after spending your valuable time, you realize many books that you could have just comprehended what the author wanted to say in the title, preface, or at best in the introduction. Everything after was only overextended and repeated gibberish.

On the contrary argument, comprehension is subjective. One can understand from the introduction chapter that it may take repetitions and easy examples for others. Amazon reviews may not be beneficial as they don't identify the book's meaningfulness for the targeted reader.

Possible Solutions

Easy

Follow the leads of people who you admire, and borrow their reading lists.

Duable

Use Twitter or social media poll from a closed group of people with similar belief and experience

Hard

Train an ML dataset for limited categories of people with similar traits, and personalized while moving forward