Tool for journalists: Readsy, for speed-reading articles and reports

As journalists, we spend hours each week reading news articles, features and reports, and although necessary, it can take up a lot of time and energy.

Readsy, powered by Spritz, is a free web tool that aims to speed up your reading time, by using a common speed-reading technique called Rapid Serial Visual Presentation (RSVP).

Sign up for a free Spritz account online and give Readsy permission to access it. Using this account, you’ll also be able to use Spritz’s range of iOS, Windows and Android applications.

You’ll immediately be able to cut and paste text into the tool, upload a PDF file or submit a URL of the article you need to read.

Once you click the green ‘Readsy!’ button, you’ll see the wording of your text appear word by word at the top of the page. It’ll automatically start in 300 words-per-minute, but you can alter this speed if you wish, anywhere from 50 wpm to 800 wpm.

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