We all use different tactics to relieve stress. For caregivers, exercise, meditation and eating healthy can all contribute to letting go of stress after a long day on the job. Taking time to read can also help reduce stress and relax. However, with their busy lifestyles, caregivers may not have time to sit down and read an entire 300-page book. The Blinkist app takes works of non-fiction and summarizes them down to pieces that only take 15 minutes to read.
When caregivers first download the app, they need to create an account using either a Facebook login or their e-mail address. Then, they are taken to the home screen of the app which features recommendations. The top shows "Your daily pick" of a book the app thinks you will like. Oddly, during set-up the app doesn't ask for any preferences of the category of a book, so I'm not sure how it determines what your daily pick is. Under that, another section makes recommendations for you. Caregivers can swipe through different curated lists of recommendations on topics such as love, self-improvement, investing, etc.
Once users find a title that intrigues them, they can click on it for a one-page summary of the summarized book. The summary page offers one or two paragraphs describing what the book is about, and then breaks it down further in a section called, "Who should read this?" This gives caregivers a clear idea about whether or not they'll identify with the author as the intended audience. Another section gives details about the author and their background, so users can better understand their point of view as they read.
Once caregivers has chosen to read the book, there are actually two ways to read the piece. Users have an option to read the text, or to listen to an audio version. The audio version may be ideal for caregivers on-the-go who would like something to listen to in the car on the way home from work. Caregivers also might be able to find a topic of interest to their senior clients and listen to the audio version together.
As users swipe through the different pages of the summarized version of the book, they will see a header at the top of each, followed by the text for that category. These show the different themes and topics discussed in each book and presents the most pertinent information to understand the gist of what was written and glean the main takeaways. Of course, these summaries lack the detail found in a 300-page book, but as a substitute, they do offer new insight and understanding.
When caregivers finish reading a book, it's stored in their library, which can be found by tapping on the middle icon on the bottom bar in the app. Users can also search books by topic by clicking on the file cabinet icon in the upper right corner. Topics include Science, Health & Fitness, Mindfulness & Happiness, Money & Investments, etc.
The Blinkist app is available for Apple and Android platforms. The download includes a free three-day trial, and after that users can sign up for the subscription service.
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