Speed-reading became popular in the late 1950’s when school teacher and researcher Evelyn Woods developed “Reading Dynamics”. Since then, other methods focused on helping people to read faster have been developed. Being able to read any text quickly is a skill that many people would like to have. It can save time when going through documents at work, or studying. Furthermore, people who feel that they don’t have time to read as many books as they would like to, would have the chance to follow up on their reading lists.
There are many books, courses and videos that promise to offer the best techniques to help you to improve your reading speed. However, since our mobile devices are practically always with us and there are apps focused on speed-reading, many people rely on this technology to learn to read faster. One of the best solutions in this area is Outread, an app created by Arkadiusz Holko, a researcher and experienced iOS developer. Outread is recognized as an effective option for those who want to race through text without losing comprehension. We’ll take a closer look at this app.
What can you expect from Outread
Outread supports a great set of features that will help you to increase your reading speed. Its interface is appealing but its simplicity ensures that you don’t get distracted from your goals. Outread is designed to help users to reduce sub-vocalization, which is the act of saying the words to yourself when you are reading. This habit causes delays when you are going through a text but Outread offers options to reduce it effectively. It is a solution that will allow you to work on your speed-reading skills so that you can finish your reading list and read more content in less time.
How Does it Work
The app highlights phrases from the text in sequence enabling you to focus on it and to read it as fast as possible. It is possible to configure the speed and the length of the highlighter so you can choose the speed that better suits you to get started and from there, you can gradually increase it until you get greater control over your reading and can go through the ext faster. Outread works as a reader that supports Pocket, Instapaper and more so you can save articles to read at a later stage and keep improving your reading speed.
Using Outread will allow you to start working on your speed-reading skills right away without having to go through theory or memorization of any kind. You simply start following the highlighter as you read and after some time you will start noticing how you can read faster. You will learn to read faster effortlessly as since you can link it to your Pocket, Readability or Instapaper accounts, you read articles or books that really interest you.
Apart from offering support for services like Instapaper, Readability, Pocket and Pinboard, Outread allows you to add your own e-books (DRM-free ePub) or enjoy classic titles form the extensive library included in the app. You can also import documents or paste a URL in the app. All the content is available offline so you can practice your speed-reading skills anywhere you are.
Outreader’s highlighter can be adjusted so that you can get the size and speed that better suits you and increase gradually as you feel more comfortable. The highlighter can be set along the page for Guided Reading or in the center of the screen. There is a Day theme and a Night theme, as well as five fonts so you will be able to read in different conditions. Outread also gives you an overview of your reading stats so that you can monitor your progress.
The app is compatible with iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch and it provides an effective method to learn to read faster. You can save time at work or study and get more time to read as many books as you like. The app comes with very handy features that will allow you to increase your reading speed and it can be downloaded for $2.99.