The problem with that amazing speed-reading app
— By Tyler Falk on April 24, 2014, 12:21 PM PST
Yes, agreed that subvocalization is the enemy of speed reading, and most of us are completely unaware that we are doing this. However, if you comprehend and and remember more that way, then why is that a bad thing. I don't know of many people that don't subvocalize when they write/type. I think the smaller window is not productive. I don't read words one at a time, we can read full sentences. One thing is to learn to speak faster.
...the study is flawed. Comparing "apples to oranges". Redo study after training subjects to read "the new way" and compare to their previous "old way".
Using Harry Potter as an example about reading comprehension, using this tool is inappropriate. You have to be familiar with the evolution of this product.
I bought a much earlier version of this product years ago (Ace Reader Pro).
The product came out of research for the Reading Impaired, whether the impairment occurred within the eye or the brain (dyslexia, ADD, ADHD, etc.).
For people who could barely read or not at all, the product was incredible.
You can't comprehend it if you can't read it.
"But is the way we read books about to get a dramatic overhaul? Probably not."
If you look at the way Time Magazine has been re-written into tiny stories (which I think sucks), the question to ask is not "Is the way we read books about to get a dramatic overhaul?", it's is the way we write books going to get a dramatic overhaul? I think the answer is yes, but thankfully not books like Harry Potter.
Reading this article, using the tool would be fine with me.
I just don't see how/who is going to synch up Spritz appropriate content with Spritz, unless Spritz can team up with Amazon and/or Kindle.
Textbooks aren't going away either. It's nice to be able to have a full chart to see with accompanying text.
Looking at a piece of the chart thru a small window doesn't give you the big picture.
Small screens are good for small bits of stuff.
Reading one word at a time is possibly the slowest way to read. I took speed reading a couple of times when I was a student, each time for and in a different language. Quizzes are taken after each exercise to measure speed and comprehension. Fast reading (>2000 words per minutes) is accomplished by reading many words at a time, or even a paragraph at a glance.
Subvocalization is the biggest enemy of speed reading, yet most slow readers do them.
I find your argument deeply flawed. When reading normally, I find myself re-reading a lot, but based on my own experiences of Spritz, I found I did not have the urge to do so. I think this is because when I read, I glance ahead a lot (due to impatience? laziness?), which means I don't take the words in properly and need to review. With Spritz, you can't glance ahead and I found that that removed my urge to re-read. I found my comprehension was compromised at very high Spritz speeds, but at moderate rates which were still much faster than my normal reading, I found Spritz both more comfortable (easier) and highly comprehensible. Understandably, people have got carried-away with the theoretical possibilities of Spritz (Harry Potter in 77 mins etc) but this means they've stretched its capabilities in their initial tests, and so compromised it as the useful everyday tool it should be.