Quick Reading Techniques for eBook Readers

What is your favorite medium to learn fast reading techniques? I prefer printed material over electronic resources. However, it’s a different thing when it comes to applying these techniques in the wild. We read news online, learn new skills using the internet or dip into a thrilling novel that comes as an eBook. Compared to paperback the difference can be both sensual and technical. But, how can we adjust these methods to efficiently use them on electronic devices? Share your tips after the break.

eBooks have become a common way for reading fiction. Amazon now sells more eBooks than print books. But not only Amazon with its popular eBook reader Kindle offers a huge range of non-fiction and fiction eBooks. Many other readers and concepts in the market such as Apple’s iPad, Barnes and Noble Nook, Sony Reader Touch or BeBook Neo make electronic reading an attractive option for travelling and studying.

These readers are suitable devices to either learn how to speed read or for speed reading in general as they have responsive touch screens making it easy to navigate through the pages by just touching on the screen. BeBook Neo, Barnes and Noble Nook, Sony Reader Touch, and the iPad are eBook readers that have touch screens. The Kindle does not have a touch screen but buttons that are strategically placed on the device.

It is easy to learn the controls; most readers make use of gestures such as touching, swiping or pointing on the screen to flip pages or zoom in or out on the words.

However, a lot of people are still adjusting to reading from devices instead of real books. And, the same applies to speed reading. Will its techniques work in the same way on electronic devices? Here are some tips you could benefit from. Please add your own tricks in the comments below.

Pacing On Your eBook Reader

Pacing involves using your finger or a pen to trace the lines of the sentences as you read them. With eBook readers this may be a little different. Remember that pages on touch screen devices (iPad) will flip once you swipe on the screen. To avoid this, you can use a paper bookmark to move along the lines of any text you are about to read. On readers without touch screen (Kindle) hand pacing is not a problem.

Previewing on eBook readers

Make sure not to accidently zoom in or out of the page when getting a first glance. Preview everything first on a full screen. Make your pre-reading a little faster by placing your hand on the button or part of the screen that turns the page instantly to automatically turn the page without having to locate that button. Apply previewing techniques such as name and number scan or skimming headlines and important trigger words.

Word Group Reading on eBook Readers

Reading chunks of words allows going through phrases of words at a faster pace. But with modern eBook readers, this is a different method. If you own an iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch than you can use an app called QuickReader Lite for free (iTunes link).

Their speed reading technique can help you guide your eyes through each word or a set of words at your desired reading speed. You can determine how many stops per line you can choose or how many lines per stop in order to help train yourself to read faster. It automatically turns to the next page once you are done with all the words in a single page. On Amazon’s Kindle you can jump from one word group to another using your finger.

Other Technical Issues

One problem on eBook readers with LCD screens is that it will not take long before you strain your eyes from reading. To help avoid this, you can use the “white on black” feature of your iPad or similar features to other eBook readers. This will help make reading easier.

Share your reading experience on eBook readers! Have you applied any techniques to read faster?

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  1. Stephanie says:

    Interesting! I’ve noticed I read a little faster on my Kindle anyway. Applying speed reading techniques in addition to that will help me finish up my summer reading list quicker than I anticipated.

  2. mark ways says:

    Cool, enjoy your summer readings….

  3. I agree. I read faster, too, on my Nook. It also helps that I find myself reading more often with it than normal books.

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