If you’re a geek like me you’ve probably dabbled with speed reading at some point in your life. There are many theories on the “best” way, but there are two common techniques that you’ll see in most of them:
- Don’t subvocalize. Sounding out words slows you down.
- Don’t linger. Use some method that forces you to take data in quickly and only gives you one chance to see it.
This makes it dead-simple to use:
- Go get the bookmarklet.
- Highlight text anywhere on the web.
- Activate your bookmarklet.
Your text will instantly be imported into the application, ready for you to read.
And you can modify how the content comes to you in a number of ways: the speed of the flow, size of chunks, etc. And with the advanced settings you can omit filler words, break at sentence points, and much more.
I am now able to read very comfortably at 500 WPM using this system, and can do 750 decently well.
Bottom line: if you’re looking for a way to quickly consume online articles, the Spreeder bookmarklet is a must. ::