During my revision phase, it became neccessary to read my manuscript again. Now, I've read it dozen times by now, but it had been a few months and I was ready to make a new version of it. I'll be honest and say I wasn't looking forward to reading it again for business and not for pleasure. Since this was more of a mechanical, and not emotional, read-through, I started looking for a way to speed read it. I cam across a free online app called Spreeder. You can read up to 1,000 words per minute (if you want to suffer... wow). I found a nice steady pace around 400-500 words, with breaks in-between to take notes. Their online "staff" popped up chat messages a few times, but I was never forced to purchase the program--which retails somewhere around $37.
If you're wondering what 400 to 500 words per minute looks like:
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I also found a good, free alternative app on my Android device called Readily. This app allows you to read basic .txt files, and per the website: "Shared text: simply share to Readily from Flipboard, Instapaper, Pocket, Google Keep, Evernote, etc. File storage: choose .txt, .epub or .fb2 file to read using Readily." I loaded my own text based chapters through DropBox with no problems.
I know that probably sounds awful, "What do you mean you can't read your own book for the 13th time? Does that mean it's boring?" Maybe. Or maybe I can't read it non-objectively for the 13th time, and that's why speed-reading helps take out all of the analytical aspects so I can just look at it mechanically. I'm just jotting down plot points, not trying to read for pleasure.
If speed reading helps you get through tasks--let me know! Do you have an alternative suggestion? Something that works for Apple/iOS products? Comment below!