Speed-reading with Spreeder

September 20th, 2006 by jose

Some programs out there offer you the possibility of reading faster by avoiding eye movements and backtracking. The two most popular ones (web-based) are spreeder and  ZAP Reader.

Some links on the technology:


The experience is jarring (as if reading online wasn’t hard enough on the eyes), but it does seem to decrease reading delays. Looks like spreeder’s also working on a login so you can track your speedreading progress.

Source: Teach yourself speed-reading with Spreeder – Lifehacker

Of course, your comprehension may be affected if you read on a difficult topic, but honestly, I can think of many things I read along the day that are easy and would benefit from a speed boost (blog posts being one of them).

However, the best implementation I have found is a little application called SpeedReader:

It’s not webbased (standalone) and the reading speed can be changed in real time. Check it out and see if this would work for you.

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7 Responses to “Speed-reading with Spreeder”

  1. BrendanNo Gravatar Says:

    Can you post a link to speed reader?

  2. adminNo Gravatar Says:

    Sure Brendan, here you go:

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  4. Muhammad RashidNo Gravatar Says:

    I personally don’t feel this software will improve speed and comprehension will not be affected. Secondly I believe reading on computer is very different from reading a book. When you read a book you are more relaxed and don’t feel any eye strain as compared to reading on computer. Well, I haven’t tried SpeedReader yet so this is just a comment from personal experience of reading:)

  5. FelixNo Gravatar Says:

    I made my own version for dashboard. I also added the ability to specify how many words you see per flash.

    Check out the demo and download it from here:


  6. Peter ReaderNo Gravatar Says:

    Interesting post! I learned speed reading a few months ago too. I think it is really a technique which everyone should learn, especially in this declining economy, everybody need to find some way to stand out of the crowd…

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