iPad and speed reading

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Archie1278, Jul 2, 2012.

  1. Archie1278 macrumors newbie

    Jun 28, 2012
    I love iBooks, it has given me a resurgence in my desire to read. Smash out a book a week almost, it is fantastic.

    However, I starting reading a book on speed reading the other day. You know, I'm loving reading, but I want to boost my efficiency at it.

    But, when I got to the early pages that offer some basic techniques to practice throughout the book, I found none of them work on an iPad.

    Speed reading employs a technique called pacing, and this involves using a finger, or several fingers, and dragging it along the page in certain directions, speeds or movements (depending on the specific pacing technique you wish to employ). However, when doing this on an iPad, it activate a function on the screen (whether that is highlighting, or turning the page), and actually disrupts the reading process.

    Is there some way to deactivate some of these functions in iBooks?

    Does anyone have any speed reading resources for iBooks or iPad?

  2. Beta Particle macrumors 6502a

    Jun 25, 2012
    Try wearing gloves, or not touching the screen?

    I know there are apps that will flash through blocks of text one word at a time, which is supposedly the fastest way to read as you don’t move your eyes, but I don’t know if any of them support Ebooks. (Certainly not DRMed ones from the iBookstore)
  3. Night Spring macrumors G5

    Night Spring

    Jul 17, 2008
    Try QuickReader from the app store. It supports non-DRMed ePub. There are ways to remove DRM from most ebook formats, google "remove ebooks DRM."
  4. steve knight macrumors 68020

    steve knight

    Jan 28, 2009
    I learned to speed read by learning to see more then one word at a time. with practice became a line at a time then several. You just learned to see more at once. It did not take fingers just practice.
  5. kettlecorn macrumors 6502

    Jan 21, 2011
    lol itd be pretty hilarious to get out the gloves for some reading.

    When I learned speed reading it was all about moving across the lines as fast as possible while retaining key words. We had these pieces of papers with circles on them and you had to go through and scan the lines over and over and see how fast you can go. Speed reading if you ask me, takes the fun out of reading though. I use for when I need to read quick like cramming for a test or something, not for leisure.
  6. s2dio macrumors regular


    Oct 28, 2010
    Riga, Latvia

    There's an app called Fastr, it lets you set the number of words and rows to show on the screen and the speed of blinking text. It can extract text from web pages and a couple of eBook formats. I haven't tried it myself, but seen it in action.

    Here's a link to it in the App Store: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/fastr/id532526582?ls=1&mt=8

    Good luck with your reading!

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