New Improvements to the Blinkist Learning Experience

This update is the biggest transformation to come to Blinkist since we introduced audio, bringing a brand new reading and listening experience, and a better way to interact with your Library.

Blinkist for Business  — September 27, 2023

We’re excited to announce two of the most significant updates to the Blinkist app since we introduced audio. Let’s get right to it!

The New Library Experience

On Spotify, you can create private and shared playlists to curate your music. Now, we’ve integrated Spaces into your Library so you can do the exact same thing on Blinkist!

Adding Spaces to the Library makes saving, organizing, and sharing your favorite titles easier. You can still access your saved, started, downloaded, and finished content from your Library, but now you can also create curated Spaces too. You can share those Spaces with your favorite people, or keep it private—that’s up to you. The integration of Spaces into the Library allows you to truly make your Library your own.

What will happen to my existing Library?

As this update is introduced, all previously created Spaces will be migrated into the Library. Your “Favorites” and “Collections” sections of your Library will be upgraded into Spaces, where you can keep them exclusively for your use or invite others to contribute and share their recommendations. The rest of your library will remain the same. 

How will this change Spaces?

How Spaces works hasn’t changed: You can still share your Spaces, invite someone to a Space, and give others access to the titles within it for free—even if they don’t have a Blinkist Premium account! Don’t worry, your existing Spaces won’t change—the Spaces’ members will remain the same and your history won’t be deleted. 

What has changed is that you can now create a Space and add content while browsing on your For You screen, discovering  titles on Explore, or even when you’re engaged with a title’s cover. This makes sorting your library and optimizing your learning simpler than ever before!

Anatomy of the new Library:

  • Continue where you left off: All your in-progress and finished titles, whether saved or not.
  • Saved: All bookmarked titles, regardless of their status (not started, in progress, finished).
  • Downloads: Access to content downloaded for offline enjoyment.
  • Spaces: Former user collections and favorites, alongside all your created Spaces

The Reading and Listening Experience

We’re always listening to your feedback, so when you told us you wanted a reading and listening experience that seamlessly bridged text and audio, and helped you retain what you learn, we jumped on it!

A unified reading and listening experience 

The first part of this is a unified reading and listening experience. Our community shared their challenges in maintaining focus while consuming audio and visual content, and we heard them loud and clear. Now, you can track your progress throughout the title as audio and reading position are aligned. When you listen to a title in the app, the same section of text will be highlighted. This dynamic synchronization improves information retention, supports comprehension for non-native language speakers, and elevates your reading and listening experience.

With this update, you can read along with more titles than ever before! Guides are no longer only available on audio, you can now read along with and even highlight sections to save your favorite parts. You can also say goodbye to traditional chapter divisions! We transformed titles into a longer article-like format, modernizing the structure of our Blinks to give you a better reading experience. 

Customize your reader for better accessibility and usability

Nighttime reading and distraction-free experiences were high on our users’ wishlist. That’s why we’ve introduced an edge-to-edge full-screen reading mode and more choices for background color as well font sizing: featuring a new night mode and an easy-on-the-eyes off-white option. Not only is this better for your vision, but it’s more accessible too.

Enhanced Accessibility and Usability: You can control the background color and font size for a customized reading experience.

Listen at your pace

Last but not least, your audio experience has also been optimized: This update gives you even more precise control of the playback speed by introducing a slider to control the audio speed between 0.5x and 2x. Now, you have the ultimate control of your audio, allowing you to get the most out of your favorite titles on Blinkist. 

Listen at Your Preferred Pace: You now have the power to adjust your listening speed with a simple slider, offering incremental adjustments between 0.5x and 2x speeds.


What’s Next? Effortless Progress Tracking

Keeping track of your progress will be now simpler. We’re working on an enhanced Outline view to provide a clear overview of completed and in-progress chapters, ensuring you always know where you left off. Returning to content will be a breeze, as you’ll resume from the beginning of your last chapter or the precise timestamp for episodes.

Curious to learn more?

Blinkist Business clients can access the new Library, listening experience, and Spaces as part of their subscription.

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