Editor’s Note: This product has been removed from our side-by-side comparison because it has been discontinued. You can still read our original review below, but Top Ten Reviews is no longer updating this product’s information.
RapidReader differs from all the other speed-reading software on our lineup in that it doesn't teach you to speed-read. Rather, it puts a speed-reading app on your computer and select programs to enable you automatically to read at a much faster rate than you might think possible.
This program works on the theory that the mechanics of reading, especially the eye having to move across the line of text, slows reading speed to below what the brain can comprehend. It eliminates this obstacle by flashing the text for you at your chosen reading speed, one word at a time.
When you first begin this accelerated-reading program, you can select a comfortable reading speed between 100 and 950 words per minute. From there, you choose your reading material and work toward increasing your reading speed. As you get used to the speed, you can manually increase it – or you can decrease it if you are reading denser material or feel tired.
Because it's not a teaching tool, RapidReader lacks tests, comprehension quizzes or tips, and documents. Instead, it supports texts from live web pages and Word documents as well as PDFs if you get the Pro version. The application is geared for practical reading. Thus, it has a tool that allows you to insert notes and dog-ear sections of an imported document.
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The software is easy to use, and has controls on the keyboard as well as in the menu. There are useful support options if you need them, including an integrated help menu and comprehensive FAQs on the RapidReader site. You can also contact the company by email or telephone if you need answers to specific questions.
If you are looking for an instructional speed-reading program, this is not the software you should consider. Rather, it caters to those who want computer assistance in reading faster day to day. RapidReader provides excellent speed-reading software that lets you read faster on the computer, marking texts for reference later (such as for work or study). It's a great program to consider if you are interested in speed-reading without the coursework.