The 7 Best Speed Reading Apps

Want to read faster? These apps can teach you how

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When there's so much to read yet so little time to do it, being a fast reader sure does help. You could certainly just practice reading faster on your own with a stopwatch or timer, but chances are you might improve quicker by using a speed reading app that teaches you how to become a proper speed reader at a pace the works best for you.

Learning how to read faster is really only half the battle. Absorbing and understanding the information as you read it at a lightning speed is the real challenge.

Here are seven of the best speed reading apps to use on your smartphone, tablet or even the regular web for advancing your reading skills. 

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Spreeder
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Spreeder not only offers state-of-the-art speed reading software to its users, but a wealth of expert training resources too. Designed to help you learn how to read three or more times faster than your normal reading rate, Spreeder gives you access to a speed reading tool that you can customize to speed read at a comfortable pace along with guided training and progress reports you can use to advance your reading skills as quickly and as effectively as possible.

Spreeder gives you access to public domain reading material already built into your cloud library along with the opportunity to include your own reading material by uploading files or adding web links. The web and mobile apps are free to use, but you'll get more advanced training and features by upgrading to Spreeder CX.

Compatibility:

  • iPhone/iPad
  • Mac
  • Windows
  • Web
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ReadMe!
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ReadMe! is an e-reader app that allows you to store and sync all your favorite ebooks across your iOS or Android device. The app is integrated with two unique speed reading tools called BeeLine Reader and Spritz.

BeeLine Reader takes a color coded approach to speed reading by adding a color gradient to each line of text. The color gradient helps guide your eyes from the end of one line of text to the beginning of the next line, essentially helping you read faster and taking some of the strain off your eyes.

Spritz allows you to read one word at a time at a certain WPM rate (similar to the Spreeder tool). Designed to minimize eye movement, which takes up as much as 80 percent of your time spent reading, the developers of Spritz claim that the tool can help you read at a rate of up to 1,000 words per minute.

Compatibility:

  • iPhone/iPad
  • Android
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Outread
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Do you use popular news reader apps like Instapaper, Pocket or Pinboard from your iOS device? If so, you'll want to have a look at Outread, which is a great little speed reading app that syncs with all these popular news reader apps so you can blast through all those articles you find online.

This particular app has two speed reading tools where you can read a book or document one word at a time or optionally use the highlighter tool to highlight every word one by one as it moves along each line of text. Its clean and simple interface has both a daytime and nighttime theme to match reading conditions to your environment and you can use the app to add your own ebooks (DRM-free epub), upload Microsoft Word documents, paste URLs to specific web pages or even enjoy a classic novel from the app's built-in library.

Compatibility:

  • iPhone/iPad
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Accelerator
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Similar to Outread, Accelerator is another speed reading app for iOS devices with a clean interface and news reader integration with popular apps like Instapaper and Pocket. It comes with three different themes to match your reading environment and makes it easier than ever for you to save articles you find on the web to speed read later.

Although accelerator doesn't let you upload any of your own ebooks or documents, you can at least use it to read text, rich text and Word documents from your email app and some other apps as well. Unlike other speed reading apps in this list, this particular app displays a line of text in the center of the screen, moving through it at a certain customizable WPM rate like a carousel. 

Compatibility:

  • iPhone/iPad
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Reedy
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Reedy is an Android app that allows you to read at two, three or even four times your normal rate nearly instantly without any special training. You can use the app to upload files, add web links or even read text from another app on your device.

This particular app is a great option for Android users who can't use the iOS-only Outread or Accelerator apps because it looks and functions similar to them both. It has a light and dark theme with a simple, minimal interface and displays every word you're speed reading in the center of the screen as it moves through each line of text. You can also easily switch between speed reading mode and regular reading mode whenever you like.

Compatibility:

  • Android
  • Google Chrome Web Browser
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Readsy
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Readsy is a slick little tool that takes a web-based approach to speed reading. Simply navigate to http://readsy.co in your desktop or mobile web browser and you'll be able to start using it instantly—no signing up or downloading required.

Like ReadMe!, Readsy uses Spritz integration, which is the technology that powers its speed reading tool. You can use it to upload PDF and TXT files, enter a URL from a web page, or simply paste some text into the text field. Customize the WPM rate using the dropdown menu below the Spritz reader and use the menu at the top to access the editor whenever you want to see the full text of what you're reading (and optionally make edits to it).

Compatibility:

  • Web
  • Mobile Web
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Wear Reader
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If you own an Apple Watch or an Android Wear smartwatch, you may be interested in checking out Wear Reader if you like the idea of speed reading from your watch when you're on the go. All you have to do is upload your favorite books, PDF files, TXT files or Word documents to your iOS or Android device, attach your smartwatch and start reading.

In speed reading mode, each word will flash on the screen one by one at a customizable WPM rate, with convenient fast-forward and rewind functions available in case you miss something and need to go back (and then forward again). A traditional reading mode is also available so you can read the text just like you would on any device, using the scrolling function to move up and down the page. And if you're an Android Wear user, you can switch to night mode to make nighttime speed reading easier on your eyes.

Compatibility:

  • Apple Watch
  • Android Wear
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