What’s your reading speed—do you know?
One of my professors posted a link to a site that sells speed reading training software today. I’ve wondered a few times if a speed reading course would be worthwhile. I took a test and supposedly read 528 “effective words per minute.” I’m not sure what “average” is, as I can’t find any statistics (not that I looked deeply) other than those on sites that are selling something.
I’ve worried that learning to speed read would make reading less enjoyable for me. I think I’m fairly fast already. I read differently for pleasure than for purpose—could I still do that?
Have any of you taken such training? What are your thoughts about it? Would you recommend the training you used, and if so, which one was it? Do you have to consciously practice the skill to keep it fresh? Did it affect your ability to enjoy reading for pleasure?