Are speed reading apps all they're cracked up to be?
I have to admit, I'm a pretty slow reader. No matter how much I read or try to improve on my own, it never changes. This plays a big factor in why I choose to not read as many books as I'd like to, they just take too long for me to finish. With the recent onslaught of speed reading apps I'm beginning to wonder if this will solve my reading problems.
I'm not looking to get to ludicrous speed in my reading abilities, but bumping it up a few notches would be nice. Has anyone here taken the time to try out any of the apps? If so have you noticed any significant improvements in your reading ability?
Also a bit curious if anyone has tried to use this on comics, if even possible.
However, that approach is similar to ComiXology's "Guided View" mode, which focuses on individual panels (or small portions of the page) and lets you tab through them. This probably does save time, as the reader does not have to hunt around the page, trying to figure out where their eye is supposed to go next. The downside is that while many artists design the page to be viewed as a whole, with each element carefully planned and placed for the best reading experience, Guided View basically ignores all that artistic consideration, choosing to view each comic as a series of isolated images (as they used to be, before comic art became more sophisticated visually).
It only takes me 10-15 minutes to read a comic anyway, so I don't really need a faster way to do it.
(As for reading books and other text...I don't use speed reading apps, but I have found I do read faster on an e-reader. I've seen the studies that say retention is lower for text read on a screen, but I haven't noticed a significant difference...yet.)
Unlike Spritz, it doesn't force you to just go one word at a time. You can have groups of words blinked at you which makes it easier to go faster.
It also allows you to skip useless words like "the", "a" or "an".
I've been able to build up my speed to about 600wpm using it.
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