There’s a number of companies researching ways to help speed read easily, without the normal practice it takes to learn to do it with normal printed pages and web articles. The idea is our brain’s can process the words much faster than we normally read. But we have to move our eyes down each line, and most people mentally say the sounds of the word. These two things slow us down a lot. So companies like one called “Spritz” has done quite a bit of research to make speed reading easy. They have an API available to integrate their tech in your webapp, mobile app, or even website.
Someone has taken their technology (or something similar—not sure) and created a Book of Mormon speed reading webapp. Basically it flashes words quickly on the screen, forcing you to read faster. But it helps you do it, by showing each in approximately the same position as the last word. That way, unlike normal lines on a page, your eyes don’t have to move. You can just focus on the two little indicator lines and the highlighted letter. That letter has been selected through research, as the best one for your mind and eye to focus on to be able to speedily read each word quickly. I tried this out, and with other content on Spritz’s site, and was able to jump up to 300WPM pretty quickly. Here’s an example from the webapp, at 200 WPM:
Now you can use this great webapp to speed read the Book of Mormon. I wouldn’t recommend reading it this way every time. But it’s certainly a great way to get through it quickly to see overarching themes and plotlines. To get started, just visit the site. Next start typing the book you want to read and it’ll auto-suggest which book and chapter. Select the one you want, click the checkmark button. After it loads, click the play button at the bottom. Now you’re set.
The only downside is I don’t see Enos, Jarom, Omni, or the Words of Mormon. So if you’re seeing how fast you can get though the whole book, you’ll have to read those elsewhere. The other negative is we don’t know who to thank for this. There’s no attribution on the site. So if you know who to thank, please let us know in the comments. Also let us know how you’re using this webapp or these kinds of speed reading tools in general.