2. Book Description
This book introduces the method of visual reading.
In addition to transforming you from a vocal reader who can only read 150-240 words per minute to a professional reader with reading speeds of 400-600 words per minute, the method can boost your reading comprehension and memory skills.
The author believes there is a glass ceiling between those who can only read 150-240 words per minute and those who read 400-600 words per minute.
This glass ceiling precludes the former group of readers from attaining the knowledge and expertise of the latter, “elite”, group that has accumulated this knowledge through many years of training by reading thousands of pages of academic texts. It is like in the field of professional sport which is accessible to the top two percent of athletes only.
Thus, this book views the two reading worlds – the world of vocal readers with reading speeds of 150-240 words per minute and the world of visual readers with speeds of 400-600 words per minute – as two separate worlds that are based on contrasting reading principles and algorithms.
The former relies on the principles of vocal reading, negative feedback, verbal memory and a zero-sum game between the reading speed and omprehension. The latter is founded on the principles of visual reading, positive feedback, episodic memory, a non-zero-sum game between reading speed and comprehension.
Because these two reading algorithms are very different, it is not possible for vocal readers to achieve reading speeds of more than 400 words per minute by simply increasing the volume of texts they read over a period of time.
That misconception that reading more will automatically improve your reading speed and comprehension is the main reason why in English speaking countries most readers are able to read only 180-240 words per minute.
Visual Reading and the Snowball of Understanding explains the logic and principles of visual reading. In addition, the book outlines the methods to achieve reading speeds of more than 400 words per minute.
Differently from most of the literature published on speed reading techniques, this book teaches you how to achieve the mode of a non-zero-sum game between your reading speed and comprehension. In other words, the book shows that content comprehension does not need to be compromised when your reading speed increases. Thus, a zero-sum game between your reading speed and comprehension can be avoided.
In conclusion, increasing a reading speed to more than 400 words per minute is an achievable goal for any vocal or sub-vocal reader.
This has been proved by the success of 700 individuals whom the author of this book, Hyo Sang Shin, has trained in the last eight years to increase their reading speeds and comprehension and to become visual readers.