I tried speed reading a couple of times, and was able to get up to 650 words per minute, which is a little more than double of what I usually read, from what this site tells me:
But somehow it doesn't feel as right as just regular reading.
The website I used to speed read was:
and the test document I used was this neato little autobiography from gutenberg:
I definitely comprehended it and understood what went on... But I personally never got into it as I would have just reading it normally. If you're interested if that book is worth reading... Eh. It's a story about a guy who got married, found out his wife was cheating on him, and then he, instead of doing the normal thing and getting a divorce, decides to seperate from her and proceeds to get with others girls, all of them going badly because he didn't divorce the first or because or they're crazy or the people around them are crazy. He goes to prison tons of times and eventually does get a divorce from his first wife and marries again without any troubles.
Reading at such high speeds is just so tempting, though. I recall seeing a video from some prodigy kid going through math textbooks in minutes and being able to understand it all. What was sad was, the father recording the video talks about how smart his son is, and how he doesn't want him to read fiction because "It's useless, and he could go through those books in seconds anyways". I guess he didn't get his smarts from his father...
In any case, The way I figured it, it should be possible for me to do that as well. I look at savants and the likes and I just have to believe that I can do such things too somehow. Of course, I know that's not possible, but it's good to dream...
I mean, I have a ton of books in my bookshelf. It takes me an entire day, with minor interruptions, to go through a William Gibson book, those usually being around 300 or so pages. If I was in this kind of zone where nothing interrupted me, perhaps it would take 6 hours, maybe. Having even a 650 wpm reading speed with full comprehension would be a blessing.
I can more or less go about 35-50 pages an hour, depending on the book. with 6 hours, that's 300 pages, which sounds about right. I read at about 311 words per minute, which makes it about 18,660 words per hour. With 6 hours, that's 111,960 words, more or less.
Now, The last book I read was William Gibson's Pattern Recognition, which I read in about a day. That had 99,457 words, give or take, since I just copied the text into a word counting thingamajig, so I guess that fits in the calculations.
Of course, maybe I'm going at this all wrong; Perhaps fast isn't so good. Maybe I should just master the art of slow reading as described here:
Reading shouldn't have to be a race to the finish line, but all things considered, it would feel good to be first...