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Web based speed reading application that can train you to read faster. There is nothing to install or download, simply copy & paste text into the reader and choose your reading speed. ZapReader also states that some of the people who tried ZapReader reported a 300% increase in reading speed, without any loss in comprehension.

Practise Speed Reading


  • Learn and Practise speed reading online.
  • Pause and resume your reading whenever you want by hitting the pause button.
  • Easily skip forward and backwards by one sentence.
  • Adjust the reading speed.
  • Read two or more words at the time.
  • Browser bookmarklet : Instantly load any highlighted text to ZAPReader.
  • Greasemonkey script that integrates ZAPReader button to Wikipedia.
  • Coming soon: WordPress, Outlook and Word plugins.

Demo video

Also similar website is Spreeder. More or less it offers the same thing. Although on Spreeder you are also able to choose font color and size, background color and text alignment. Plus it gives you real-time stats showing where you stand against other Spreeder users.

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  1. Marcus U.
    December 22, 2009 at 5:36 pm

    This tool works great. I have also been using an online speed reading program and it seems to work wonderful since I am reading at around 500WPM:

    - Marcus

  2. Bonifac
    August 24, 2008 at 7:31 am

    This is a page where you can test your speeding not in wpm, but in char/sec. Then you can check, how long will it take you to learn novels/books. You can suggest books or novels, and the admin will put it on the list, if there is a digital version of the book. I think it is very usefull. I used the hungarian version and I read the books for the same time what the program said.

  3. Ricky Spears
    July 16, 2008 at 3:55 pm

    Thanks for the write-up! I'm the developer of Zap Reader. The video was done at the launch, but very shortly after the launch we added many more customization settings such as font and background colors, font size, and alignement.

  4. Dave Coleman
    July 14, 2008 at 10:08 am

    Great Post!

    I am a huge fan of speed reading and cognitive science behind the field of study. My company has been working for the past year on building a number of algorithms that take into account our research in the field of eye science. Instead of displaying single words at a time (which can be tiresome and does not get rid of the issue of sub vocalization), we create logical groupings of words which make it easy for the brain to digest the text. If you or anyone else is interested take a look at

    We are currently promoting the application for the iPhone right now, but it is also available through the desktop at that link!

    Keep up the great writing


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