Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Undiscovered App #55: Flash Reader - A Speed Reading Tool

Flash ReaderI have always envied those people who could read super fast and finish entire novels in hours. For me, it takes many days, and often, weeks. That's why I was happy to run across today's Undiscovered App from Didstopia. It's called Flash Reader, and what it does is break up large paragraphs into single words, and it runs them all by you in a flash, one by one, at a speed that you can adjust. Somehow, even though it goes at a pace faster than I'm used to when reading, I'm finding I'm able to catch the entire word and entire sentences without any loss of comprehension. With enough practice, I've found my reading speed on my iPad has gradually increased, which for me proved the app's effectiveness.

You could practice with any text you can find on your phone; you can highlight and copy large amounts of text to your clipboard, and it'll feed it into the Flash Reader and run it by word for word, or you can use the embedded browser and surf like you normally do, and if you run across large amounts of text, you can press a button and it'll automatically run the Flash Reader for you. You can customize it many ways, including words per minute (WPM), words per flash, fonts and font sizes, to make it just right for you. You can also get a custom email address where you can email articles that sync directly with the app.

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Flash Reader has an average rating of 3.5 stars out of 49 ratings. It is currently available to download for $1.99. If you've ever wanted to increase your reading speed, Flash Reader is a great app to try out.

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