Speed reading apps are great for snippets but not sonnets

10 March 2014


A new app is about to come on the market with promises to dramatically increase the speed at which you read. Spritz is a text streaming technology that allows you to read a sentence, one word at a time. Each word is shown for only a brief flash, in the same place on a screen, before the next appears. Up to 1,000 words can be shown every minute, which would allow you to race through an entire novel in just 90 minutes. This could revolutionise the way we read, particularly on small-screen devices, such as smartphones and smartwatches, writes Dr Anna Cox and Dr Duncan Brumby (UCL Interaction Centre) in The Conversation.