The idea of speed reading was invented by an American schoolteacher named Evelyn Wood.
There’s a few different approaches when it comes to speed reading. Spritz technology is based on the notion that much of the time spent in reading text is taken by the eye’s focus moving between words and across the page. According to Spritz, spritzing is defined as reading content one word at a time with the optimal recognition point (ORP) positioned inside of their custom “redicle”. After your eyes find the ORP, your brain starts to process the meaning of the word that you’re viewing. The concept of speed reading in this context is simple: slice a text into individual short segments, like a word.
The software featured in this group test is based on spritzing. Read text without moving your eyes, and therefore rapidly increase your reading speed. Unlike other reading techniques, you don’t need to rewire your brain to work more efficiently.
Reading speed is obviously going to depend on factors such as readers’ skills and goals and whether they are reading Albert Einstein’s theory of special relativity, or The Tale of Peter Rabbit. With this technology, you should be able to read simple passages at rates higher than 500 words per minute.
Here’s our rating for each of the software featured in this article. They are each released under a free open source license.
Now, let’s explore the 6 speed reading tools at hand. For each title we have compiled its own portal page, providing a video of the software in action, a full description with an in-depth analysis of their features, together with links to relevant resources.
|Best Speed Reading Tools|
|speedread||Simple terminal-based open source Spritz-alike|
|Uniread||Spritz-like CLI fast reader with support for EPUB, TEXT, and PDF|
|gritz||Simple speed reading text file program written in Perl|
|sprits-it!||Speed-reading of web pages in a browser|
|GutenFlash||Streaming text reader|
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