During my revision phase, it became neccessary to read my manuscript again. Now, I’ve read it dozen times by now, but it had been a few months and I was ready to make a new version of it. I’ll be honest and say I wasn’t looking forward to reading it again for business and not for pleasure. Since this was more of a mechanical, and not emotional, read-through, I started looking for a way to speed read it.
I cam across a free online app called Spreeder. You can read up to 1,000 words per minute (if you want to suffer… wow). I found a nice steady pace around 400-500 words, with breaks in-between to take notes. Their online “staff” popped up chat messages a few times, but I was never forced to purchase the program–which retails somewhere around $37.
If you’re wondering what 400 to 500 words per minute looks like:
I also found a good, free alternative app on my Android device called Readily. This app allows you to read basic .txt files, and per the website: “Shared text: simply share to Readily from Flipboard, Instapaper, Pocket, Google Keep, Evernote, etc. File storage: choose .txt, .epub or .fb2 file to read using Readily.” I loaded my own text based chapters through DropBox with no problems.
I know that probably sounds awful, “What do you mean you can’t read your own book for the 13th time? Does that mean it’s boring?” Maybe. Or maybe I can’t read it non-objectively for the 13th time, and that’s why speed-reading helps take out all of the analytical aspects so I can just look at it mechanically. I’m just jotting down plot points, not trying to read for pleasure.
If speed reading helps you get through tasks–let me know! Do you have an alternative suggestion? Something that works for Apple/iOS products? Comment below!