ORP Your Reading

My prediction: less than a year after this releases no one will have remembered it ever existed.

You’ve also just gotta love the headline that Elite Daily (“The Voice of Generation Y”) is going with here: “This Insane New App Will Allow You To Read Novels In Under 90 Minutes.” Not that I expect a site like ED to practice anything resembling journalism, but when did the fact of these sorts of websites basically being a PR arm of Apple/Samsung/etc become so completely transparent? Seriously, their “article” reads like a press release cooked up by a teenager on amphetamines:

The reading game is about to change forever. Boston-based software developer Spritz has been in “stealth mode” for three years, tinkering with their program and leasing it out to different ebooks, apps, and other platforms.

Now, Spritz is about to go public with Samsung’s new line of wearable technology.

“Insane,” “change the game,” “stealth mode” . . .

Anyway, you all know the critique of the ORP (which is truly a fantastic acronym for this technology). Blah, blah, can’t comprehend Middlemarch at 500 words per minute, blah, blah, reading is about thinking and reflection, not gorging yourself on words like it’s some 58 oz Slurpee, blah, blah . . .

There’s a slightly more evolved critique here about how technology is slowly trying to narrow the range of ways in which you can read, but I think I’ve had all the ORP I can stomach for one day . . .

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Perhaps Elite Daily decided not to include a gem like: “Stop pondering, self-reflection, and escapism during reading once and for all. Full speed ahead!”

Handicapped and Low Vision readers, on the other hand, will finally get (with Spritz) a tool that gives them access to books at “normal” reading speeds. We need VERY LARGE fonts and a way to stop having to scan all over the page chasing words SLOWLY and losing track of where to read when we scroll vertically or horizontally. Fulltext frames can dump their text into a Spritz applet and blasts long articles to low vision readers quickly. I’ve tested Spritz and it really works; it solves a problem I’ve had for years. Audiobooks and text to speech conversions are TOO SLOW. Normal readers scan rapidly through texts Spritz gives this function back to legally blind people like myself. Your other points, however are well taken. We need “contemplation” as a skill.


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