Tech Tip: SwiftRead

This gif demonstrates how SwiftRead works. Single words in white with one dark orange letter are shown on a dark background, and then shown with increasing speed. This demonstrates that people can read up to 500 words per minute. (Gif courtesy SwiftRead)

This month’s tip is a web browser extension that enables users to read articles faster by animating the text in one place: SwiftRead.

The free version works on articles, posts, and emails, while the paid Pro version also works on PDFs and ebook files. It has numerous visual settings available, and you can modify the speed at which it moves.

This tool is perfect to help us stay on schedule as we dive into the fall semester. According to the developers, “The average person reads at 200 words per minute; using SwiftRead, you can easily train yourself to read at double the speed, 400 words per minute, or faster. Think of how much time you’d save every day!”

Do you use any special tools to assist with your reading? Please share in the comments below!

Have a cool app, tool, or tech tip you’d like to share? Contact Chase Masters. Please note that Tech Tips are personal recommendations and might not be officially endorsed or supported by U-M.

Author: Chase Masters, University Library

Chase's role at the Taubman Health Sciences Library includes managing technology projects and resources, consulting with faculty to effectively incorporate technology into their curriculum, supervising staff, serving in the HS-STEM Administration Unit, and identifying and building partnerships with instructional technology units throughout the university community. You may reach him at