iOS app to speed read webpages, Pocket, Instapaper reading lists
ReadQuick is marketed as being one of the premier apps available within the speed reading market, and one of the most unique as it teaches the user speed reading in a way that is apparently like no other.
These are bold claims to make by the developer Action Now Ltd, but how does ReadQuick actually work in practice?
Well, like this:
- It takes any selected article, book, newspaper, magazine and then converts into a recognized format.
- It then flashes the publication back at you on screen one word at a time.
- The speed of reading back is then adjusted by you, the user at the settings menu.
Currently the app is only available on select Apple software and products. This being said, there is of course full integration with iOS 7 on the Apple iPhone and iPad systems only.
|★★★★★☆||$7.99 iPad & iPhone||Speed Reader app for for iPad and iPhone. Converts websites or reading lists into easy-to-digest formats. Available on iTunes.|
However, for those lucky enough to own an Apple product, with the latest 2.0.1 update has come several new features. These include:
- Updated browser integration, allowing you to convert any published page from any website.
- A wider range of formats supported, now including Instapaper and Pocket alongside your usual reading list of books, magazines and even recipe cards
- Updated stats counter for the number savvy, allowing you to see your number of words read per minute alongside the total number of words read and total reading hours
- A wider range of languages supported, now including Norwegian, Swedish and Vietnamese for the first time on a major speed reading app developer.
The advantages of ReadQuick are obvious. Despite us all having a different view of the subject, every single software developer out there on the market today seems to think we have no free time whatsoever and thus time saving applications are thus incredibly welcome.
The program is exactly this. It allows you to comprehend your reading list for the day at a much greater speed than you were before, thus saving you time on your morning commute, lunch break, or journey home when the working day is done.
And once you get used to the predetermined word-per-minute speed of ReadQuick, you can up this factor to read future articles just that little bit quicker than the day before. The words read per minute is also fully customisable, allowing you, the reader to go as quick or as slow as you want which is a nice tick in the usability box of app development.
ReadQuick Review: Should I buy it?
ReadQuick is not the definitive answer in speed reading apps however. For one, despite it being marketed as an app that teaches you how to speed read, it technically doesn’t. It just takes one word at a time and flashes it briefly on a screen. This is not a speed reading technique you can apply to your paper-bound reading collection. Furthermore, at $7.99 it is a pricey app, especially when some of its closest competitors are priced at no more than $2.99.
This is a minor complaint in the grand scheme of things, but is nevertheless an issue that should be raised. If you want an app that will actually teach you how to speed read, then this isn’t the solution. But if you want an app that will make your daily reading list that little bit quicker to read and ultimately comprehend? Then ReadQuick may well be the tool for you.