Have you ever heard of the Pareto Principle? or the 80/20 rule? It basically says that at any given situation, 20% of the input will get 80% of the results. For example, 20% of the articles on this website generate 80% of the traffic and I only wear 20% of the clothes that I have, 80% of the time.

When I read a 400 pages book, I like summarize the most important quotes and learnings in 1-2 pages, to have fast access to 80% of the best content of the book in a little piece of paper.

The problem is that, in order to summarize those pages, I have to spend 10+ hours reading the book, highlight every quote I find interesting and then put that on paper. It takes so much time, and to be honest, I am too lazy for that.

Last year, I was introduced to an app that changed the way I consume non-fiction books.


Blinkist is a database of 2000+ key insights of non-fiction books. Each and every one of them is readable in less than 15 min, and with the premium subscription, you will get the audiobooks and instant Evernote sync of the highlights. You can access it from your iPhone, iPad or Android device and also the web browser.

It includes short guides like “How to pitch anything” or “How to start a startup” as well as the best selling non-fiction books ever. At the end of this article, I share with you my top 10 books available on Blinkist.

You can choose between three different subscriptions: FREE: 1 blink a day, PLUS: 49€/year with unlimited blinks and PREMIUM: 79€/year with all audiobooks and Evernote sync.

I can’t recommend more the premium subscription. It is amazingly comfortable to start reading the blink paired with the audiobook at 1.5x, start highlighting everything especially interesting while it is syncing with your Evernote. Just magic.

For the price of 3 paperback books, you can have access to 2000+ best selling non-fiction books from authors like Tim Ferriss, Ryan Holiday, Nassim Nicholas Taleb or Eric Ries.

Sign up for a free blink a day or jump to the premium subscription for just 79€ a year. 

Here is my top 10 favorite non-fiction books that you can find on Blinkist and read in less than 15 minutes each:

  • Ego is the Enemy
  • Antifragile
  • Drive
  • The One Thing
  • Hustle
  • Barbarians At the Gate
  • Unlimited Memory
  • Doing the Right Things Right
  • Too Fast To Think
  • The 7 Habits of Highly Effective people

At Valdour, we would never write about something that We have not used and loved or think is true value added to our subscribers. I am not paid by Blinkist to write this article. I just love the product and use it everyday.