Blinkist vs. getAbstract - comparison of book reading services

There are different providers for consuming book summaries from the areas of knowledge, business and lifestyle. You can find one of the best known, namely Blinkist, here in the blog a test report. And I also have you guys for getAbstract, which has been in the industry for a long time a summary written. In this little advice article I would like to briefly summarize my research results and experiences in order to compare individual points. So if you want to decide between Blinkist and getAbstract, you can use the following little comparison as a starting point for your decision-making;)

Blinkist and getAbstract in comparison of offers and numbers can be found here. Further details, the title search and more can be found on the websites of the book summarizers.

Blinkist and getAbstract in comparison of offers and numbers can be found here. Further details, the title search and more can be found on the websites of the book summarizers.

Blinkist and getAbstract in comparison

Of course, the following list of individual items is not an exhaustive comparison between the two book summary services. Neither the number of titles available nor the subscription price should ultimately be decisive. Rather, the benefit that you can derive from this or that offer. 

Blinkist getAbstract
How many titles in German and English? 3.000+ in total; 800 of them in German 20.000+ in total; 6.000 of them in German
Are there audio summaries as well? For most of them, yes; for about 50% of the German titles For about 20% of all titles; for approx. 30% of all German titles
How much growth per month or year? 40+ titles in total per month 2.400+ total per year; 500 of them in German
Are there iOS apps for iPhone and iPad? ✔︎ ✔︎
Is it possible to use it offline? ✔︎ ✔︎
Is the Kindle supported as an end device? ✔︎ ✔︎
Regular price € 79,99 / year or € 12,99 / month 99 to 299 € / year
special rates € 799 to € 2.999 / for teams 0 to 59 € / year for students
Link to the provider Click here Click here

Reasons for the differences

The Swiss provider getAbstract has been in business for 20 years and has not only been able to gain a quantitative advantage. Partnerships with publishers and its own international book award are also part of the company. Blinkist, on the other hand, has only been developing as a start-up since 2012, which explains the smaller range and the higher prices. However, I cannot say how the prices for companies and teams at getAbstract are structured, as these are only communicated on request. In short: the differences are understandable; the decision for or against a provider should be made after checking further details.

Thematic differences are crucial

In my opinion, anyone who has to decide between the two services should look less at the figures listed above, because what cannot be taken into account in the table is the thematic orientation of the two providers. I've been with Blinkist for a long time and recently booked getAbstract in order to be able to give you my experiences with both service offers shortly. But what I can already see is that getAbstract is focusing on business and personal improvement.

Readers of books in the fields of entrepreneurship and business knowledge are in good hands with getAbstract. There is no other provider who has so many books in English and German to offer in this area.

Readers of books in the fields of entrepreneurship and business knowledge are in good hands with getAbstract. There is no other provider who has so many books in English and German to offer in this area.

At Blinkist I think the variety of topics is good, because here you can find travel reports, books on health topics, history, politics and much more. Of course, Blinkist also has book summaries on the topics of corporate management, employee motivation, self-improvement and the like, but not as bundled as with getAbstract.

Anyone looking for information in order to further their professional development or to become "better" as a boss should be in good hands with getAbstract. That was too much focus on these topics for me, which is why I will prefer to stay with Blinkist in the long term.

When compiling the popular books, it becomes clear that Blinkist is thematically broader than getAbstract.

When compiling the popular books, it becomes clear that Blinkist is thematically broader than getAbstract.

If you are still unsure, I recommend using the trial period for both services. This is particularly helpful to take a closer look at what the book summaries have to offer. Here you can find the links to both providers:

» Blinkist

» getAbstract

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1 comment

  1. great comparison - thank you.

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