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#1 User is offline   Aptorian 

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Posted 01 February 2020 - 12:50 PM

I've always considered myself a good reader, not fast but a steady pace.

But I'm always astounded when I start a Kindle book and I see Amazon suggests that a 300+ page book takes around 6 hours to read. That's fifty pages an hour, which seems mind boggling to me. Surely this isn't the average Kindle reader speed? I usually average 30 pages an hour with your average kind of litterature.

I just tried out a random internet test and got around 200 words per minute at around 80 something comprehension, which is apparently good.

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Posted 01 February 2020 - 01:19 PM

Surely it depends on the book and how engaged you are by it? Not to mention what is going on in your life as well? Last time I did a Dresden reread I flew through the entire series extremely quickly because I had time, I'd read them before, they are particularly difficult books anyway and I was really into them.

I couldn't read at the same pace now I'm in a very different stage of life - more stressful and tiring job, I now have a kid etc. Also I couldn't have read a heavier book at the same rate either I don't think.
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Posted 01 February 2020 - 01:27 PM

Hence why I say average.

If I'm reading something light, like a children's book, I can easily read 50 pages an hour, if it's University level material, maybe something old and stuffy I might read as slowly as 10-20 pages an hour but your typical main stream fiction I average 30 pages.
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Posted 01 February 2020 - 02:41 PM

Anyway I got 859 wpm which is pretty good.
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Posted 01 February 2020 - 05:37 PM

My Kindle time ALWAYS goes up after I start the book, meaning that I read more slowly than average. I don't have time to take the test right now, but I'm probably somewhere just above a BK.
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Posted 01 February 2020 - 05:56 PM

I have always considered my self a fast reader. Like TS life has limited the amount of time that I have to read. Anyway 1038 on my phone. 80% comprehension. Like anyone I imagine there is a different speed when reading for pleasure where the story envelopes you and reading for work or school. Technical books take me much longer mainly because I am trying out the formulas as I go.
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Posted 01 February 2020 - 10:50 PM

I tend to average about 100 pages per hour. Goes way up if I'm reading a lighter book or something I've read before, way down if I'm reading Gene Wolfe, but it's around there.

I always get a lower score on these tests than that would indicate though, perhaps coz I'm trying to read word-by-word to start which is not how I read normally and doesn't improve my comprehension unless it's a really fact-heavy piece of work, so yeah.
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Posted 02 February 2020 - 08:05 AM

Perhaps consider the following alternative questions.

How much do you comprehend
How much do you remember
How much do you use
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Posted 02 February 2020 - 09:24 AM

I don't bother doing the speed tests, because (for me) I alter my reading when doing something for a test situation.

It varies wildly, a reread of a popcorn fare will be massively quicker that s first go at something really heavy and dense. I'd still say I'm a fair bit quicker than average, kobo/Kindle reading times always drop quickly for me and my read time is pretty much never near as long the projected times.

Also Apt you're reading mostly (I assume) in your second language,
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Posted 02 February 2020 - 11:33 AM

My reading speed had declined rapidly in the last few years. It's worrisome.
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Posted 03 February 2020 - 03:59 AM

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Posted 07 February 2020 - 08:54 PM

My reading speed is proportional to how engaged I am in what I am reading. So the test is probably skewed a bit. 191 WPM, 91% comprehension.
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Posted 07 February 2020 - 10:05 PM

192 45% but I got some questions wrong even though I knew the right answer. Thumbs and phone screens and test donít mix. Not doing it over again.
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Posted 08 February 2020 - 03:32 AM

Well, it took me an hour to read this thread so ... :p
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