Speed reading is usually defined as an offline productivity exercise, but as more and more of our time is spent reading online and softcopy texts, it should be applied to our on monitor reading materials as well.
However, this is easier said than done. For one thing, text presented on screen has a continual feel to it. Unlike printed material, you don’t get the physical boundaries provided by pages… which makes it harder to concentrate on the material for longer time periods.
I was glad to stumble upon spreeder.com which makes online speed reading easier. It’s an extremely simple tool to use. Basically, you just need to copy the text you want to speed read and paste it into the spreeder.com text area. After that, just click the play button to start speed reading 🙂
What spreader.com does is to display one word (by default) of the pasted text at a time at the center of the interface. The default reading speed is at 300 wpm. These, as well other miscellanous settings, can be customised to your own preference.