An average adult reads about 200 words per minute (WPM). A speed reader, though, reads about 1,500 WPM. The world speed reading champion is about 4,700 WPM, but we’re not going to worry as much about that level in this article.
If you assume the average article is 500-1,000 words and the average book is 55,000-100,000 words, then an average adult reads an article in 2.5-5 minutes and reads a book in 275-500 minutes, or somewhere between 4.5 and 8 hours.
A speed reader, though, could finish three articles in 1 minute and an entire book in 36-66 minutes (so slightly over an hour at most).
Imagine if you increased your reading output at this level. The amount of information you would be able to consume over an average reader is staggering. Across a year, it looks like this:
- 360 books vs. 30 books
- 30,000 articles vs. 3,000 articles
Reading is a cornerstone of information-gathering and coming across as intelligent in group dynamics. If you’re operating 10-12x higher on consumption simply because of a change in your reading approach, it could be huge for your career and personal life.
The Fast Way to Speed Up Reading
The app that I want to introduce to you will guide your eyes through a reading list with the help of a highlighting marker. This improves your speed, and you can adjust the preferred speed — and the highlighter size, determining how much text you’ll be shown at once — to either scale back or push yourself.
Outread has a number of features, including a built-in eBooks directory with classic books and sync with Instapaper, Pocket, and Pinboard. A simple switch of reading mode will help you read faster and read more.
Let’s take a look at some of the key features of the app.
Create a Reading List
You start by creating a reading list, which you can do from one of the connected services like Pocket and iBooks, or pull in from stories loaded into Outread.
Adjust the Reading Speed
You can also adjust the reading speed in the top right, as seen here.
The highlighting technique teaches your eyes to move more efficiently through the text. It provides a rhythm, which lowers the number of unnecessary jumps and makes you more focused.
Start Your Training with A Preferred Reading Mode
There are two modes to train up your speed reading skill. You can pick from one of them that fits you best.
Track Your Reading Speed Progress
Outread also allows you to track daily (and other time duration) progress points.
Start your speed reading training now!
Simply install Outread here for $2.99 and you can start your speed reading training and read 10 times faster.
And hey, this article was just about shy of 500 words. So if you were already a speed reader, you’d have been done a while ago … think what you could be onto now!