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The average person reads 200 words per minute with a 60 percent comprehension rate. Surely we can do better.

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We all read a lot - more than ever before. Some of that reading is for pleasure, but there's also the endless emails, manuals, text books, newsletters, etc. So you may hate reading and want to get through it all faster. Or you may love reading and have an insatiable appetite for more. Either way speed reading will not only help you to read faster but also to increase your comprehension and information retention.

Why Learn Speed Reading?

7 Reasons Why Speed Reading Is Good For Your Brain

Article / ByJoseph Rodrigues
Could speed reading improve your logic and increase you self-confidence? According to Joseph Rodrigues, they are some of the benefits he's observed since becoming a student and teacher of speed reading.

Buzan Tony Speed Reading

Video / ByTony Buzan

Do you read slowly when you're trying to absorb information? Tony Buzan says that reading faster is the way to go if you want to understand more. I did feel a bit like I was being reprimanded by a school teacher, but watch the video to see him illustrate his point.

Speed Reading Basics

How to Speed Read

Video / ByHowcast

So you don't have any time to invest in speed reading. No problem - this very short video provides some speed reading tips which may help you read three times faster.

Scientific Speed Reading: How to Read 300% Faster in 20 Minutes

Article / ByTim Ferriss

Timothy Ferris, author of the 4-Hour Workweek shares a condensed version of his PX Project. The PX Project is a seminar he gave to undergraduates at Princeton University in 1998 to increase their reading speed. According to Timothy, participants of the PX Project produced an average increase in reading speed of 386%. Let's read on!

Speed Reading Books

BrainRead - Effective Speed Reading - Reading like the Swedish

Book / ByGöran Askeljung, Daniela Pucher, Lily Hart

The Swedish are amongst the best readers in the world. According to Göran Askeljung this is because most of their television programmes are in foreign languages. So they read subtitles from a young age. And rather than reading a word at a time, they read whole phrases. This is the basis of the BrainRead method.

Breakthrough Rapid Reading

Book / ByPeter Klump

Children seem to enjoy learning to read more when the subject matter interests them. It would appear that adults are no different. Using this book you can learn to speed read using the books you want to read.

Speed Reading Software and Online

Iris Speed Reading

Course / ByIris Reading

Too much to read? Not enough time? This course will help you boost your reading speed so that you can read more in less time. You’ll also learn some very simple strategies to enhance your comprehension so you can remember more of what you read. Description from the source website.

Spreeder: Free online speed reading software

Software / BySpreeder is free online speed reading software designed to improve your reading speed and comprehension. Speed reading is the art of silencing subvocalization. Most readers have an average reading speed of 200 wpm, which is about as fast as they can read a passage out loud. However, it is entirely possible to read at a much greater speed, with much better reading comprehension, through silencing this inner voice. Description from the source website.

AceReader: Speed Reading Software, Reading Improvement and Reading Assessment

Software / ByAceReader

AceReader helps you break two major bad habits; subvocalization and re-reading/regression. AceReader paces you to read at higher speeds. At these higher speeds, it becomes physically impossible to subvocalize and because AceReader displays text by flashing word sets, you will be forced to read ahead and will not have the opportunity to regress. Description from the source website.

7 Speed Reading Software

Software / By7 Speed Reading

You will read 3.471 times faster, with full comprehension. All you need to do is use this award-winning speed reading software for only seven minutes a day—for two weeks. Description from the source website.

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