Yesterday I happened to came across an article about "how reading has changed all these years" in Gizmodo. They mentioned an application named "Spritz" which can increase your speed of reading 3 or 4 times it is right now. Now, that would be interesting if you could read 500 pages book in 1 hour, don't you think? That's what the developers of this application offers us, more efficiency in reading.
One or two words about this application - this app only gives you a word at a time, so that you don't need to waste your time following the scattered words one by one, unlike the orthodox type of reading. This technology is based on the scientific notion that eye-movement is a waste of time and energy which decreases our speed of reading. I think for professional works it would be more time saving.
Now we will come to the real thing, if book is all about just reading, then what about the quality of reading? The kind of reading where we read and read the same sentence repeatedly such that we can enjoy the emotion and understand and visualise the depth it possess. Applications like Spritz only enhance the efficiency of reading just like a "typing speed helper". You cannot expect this would increase or make any difference at all, in the quality of reading. Yes you can adapt this method in less important ones like bestsellers. But a real book needs your attention, it demands it. You just can't possibly run through it without registering anything. To me understanding the book is the main purpose. For me there is no such thing as good or bad book just something that I like or I don't. You need to make a rapport with the book. What it is trying to say? how you can connect it with?.
For me personally speaking this app would be a kill joy. One word at a time? that's so lame.
“If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.”