Blink A Book In A Quickie

Not so long ago, books looked like this, and it was the only shape and form in which books existed:

Some of the books are available in libraries, some of which look like this:

Strahov Monastery Theological Library, Prague, Czech Republic

Strahov Monastery Theological Library, Prague, Czech Republic

Nowadays, with all of the above still in existence, millions of books are being read and stored on various electronic devices:


Whether it is a yellowish paper page or softly glowing  screen, we still read books by pages, paragraphs and sentences.  It takes time to read a book. Time is precious, as we all know, and not everyone is of the opinion that THIS MUCH time must be given to the pleasure of reading,  while there are so many other life’s pleasures waiting to be… consumed.

If you feel that turning a pleasure of reading a novel into a quickie is a great idea…

QUICKIE: noun. (Sex) fast sex with little foreplay. It is common after spending years in a relationship for the urgency and thrill once felt with sex to wane… — Urban Dictionary. (Brewing) a speedily consumed alcoholic drink. (Other)  anything made, done, produced, or consumed rapidly or in haste. — The Free Online Dictionary.

… then, by all means, all power and a new app to you!  To get through a book really-really super-quickly, rapidly or in haste, you’ll have to forgo the idea of reading sentences, paragraphs and pages  and switch to  Spritz. 

Spritz is coming to the Samsung Galaxy S5 and Samsung Gear 2 watch. With Spritz, you could read more than 3 times faster compared to the average speed of reading.  

Words will appear one at a time in rapid succession. This allows you to read at speeds of between 250 and 1,000 words per minute. The typical college-level reader reads at a pace of between 200 and 400 a minute.

Reading at a speed of 250 wpm is pretty easy.  350 wpm is quite manageable, too. Try it:


500 wpm — creators of Spritz  claim — would become easier and easier once you muster 350 wpm, and then 1000 wpm would be a breeze after you become comfortable with 500 wpm.

Yes, Spritz is upping the app to 1000 wpm. Unfortunately, there is no gif to let us experience it the Spritz way.  

The app uses RSVP (Rapid Serial Visual Presentation). Studies have shown that using RSVP that displays one word at a time increases reading speed:

  1.   It stops subvocalization — the readers no longer reading out loud inside their head, and
  2.   It  suppresses the tendency for eyes to backtrack the line while reading and searching for the end of the sentence.

Spritz, as most might know already, didn’t come up with anything groundbreaking. Many if not most, already tried and actively used RSVP in non-Spitz environs — these readers were around for awhile.

Firefox has one. It’s a plugin that allows you to read what’s on the page by flashing chunks of words in your toolbar. You can control the number of words you see at once and the speed of the text presentation. 

Reasy is a similar (although not quite as powerful) extension for Chrome, and other browsers also have this or that RSVP reader.  

Velocity is a  speed reader app for iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad. It uses RSVP as well and supports reading speeds up to 1000 wpm.

Velocity is a new speed reader app for your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad that helps you read faster by presenting one word at a time using a technique called Rapid Serial Visual Presentation. Studies have shown that using Rapid Serial Visual Presentation helps increase reader’s reading speed because it forces the reader to stop reading out loud inside their head (subvocalization), and suppresses the tendency for eyes to backtrack the line while reading and searching for the end of the sentence. Generally a reader’s average reading speed is two hundred words per minute, but Velocity supports reading speeds up to one thousand words per minute.

Reading novels ONE WORD AT A TIME is a possibility some find great, cheering the newcomer app enthusiastically, while others find the idea utterly ridiculous. You know, some people aren’t into quickies. They like to take their sweet time to get from here to la petit mort.

Numerous comments followed a rather skimpy article  You  Could Soon Read An Entire Harry Potter Book In Under 90 Minutes With This App.

read them with more interest than the article itself. Many admitted that reading a NON-FICTION TEXT and reading a BOOK OF FICTION is a different process altogether:

Olivia M. (trinity333) As a writer, I find this pretty frightening – I think literature is most enjoyed when savored, its thoughts chewed over and digested, without one eye on the second hand…even school studies have to be absorbed and that takes thought and time. A last minute frantic cram of school text is the only way I hope this will be used. Even then, reading at this speed, how much will you really comprehend and retain?   

 Holger . (Namorat) While I accept that it can translate the meaning of the texts into my brain faster, it certainly cannot show me the rhythm of the language, the beauty of the structure, the aestheticism of a well-crafted sentence.First impression hence: A useful tool, but not the right thing for every kind of text. —

Kesha R. (tobedetermined)  Geez…what is the purpose of reading so fast. You cant even relax and read anymore. Now we have to blink the book. lol.vignette
This calls for another cute picture of a “conventional” book. No Kindle or Nook can make as fabulous a picture,  no matter what is displayed on the screen.


My personal opinion about yet another app that was recently developed and soon will be widely available? Here it is:  So long as no one is going to deprive me of all other ways of reading and force me to switch to Spritz, I’ll be perfectly fine. I might even try it. Curiosity is a weakness of mine. 

I like to stare at  the ancient parchments… While I have eyes to see, I won’t give up reading fiction and marvel at the pages I discover between the book covers. However, as long as it’ll be electricity, I’ll happily use my electronic devices with glowing screens.
Ah, so many apps…. So few I’ll ever use, and not only because it’s so little time.

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