I am wary of gimmicks that the internet allows and – indeed – encourages. And maybe I am a bit wary of this one but, I gotta say, it interests me.And when I went to look, it offers more than just the come on.
“How Long To Read This .com” is just as advertised.Put in the title of a book, and you will be told how long it should take you to read it. There is even a timer you can set as you read a sample. You are told how long it takes you to read the sample, and then extrapolates how long it will take you to read the book.
One of the nicer aspects of this site is, when you put in a book title, a number of different issues of the book appear. You can click on the image of the issue most appealing and get information about it.
Two of my favourite books (which I re-read) are Thomas Mann’s “The Magic Mountain” and James Joyce’s “Ulysses”.
I’m told about Mann: “You read 95 words in 23 seconds and your average speed is 248 words per minute. It will take you 12 hours and 37 minutes to complete this book.
I’m told about Joyce: “You read 67 words in 20 seconds and your average speed is 201 words per minute. It will take you 15 hours and 13 minutes to complete this book.”
Kafka’s Metamorphosis, on the other hand: “You read 62 words in 19 seconds and your average speed is 196 words per minute. It will take you 0 hours and 57 minutes to complete this book.”
I know you are also shown where you can buy each book on Amazon, but, I can live with that.
How Long to Read is a book search engine that helps you find out how long it will take to read books and provide reading time data that is tailored to you. With our simple WPM (words per minute) test you can find out how long it will take you to read almost anything, and also use our search engine to find books that will fit the time you have to read. How Long to Read has been featured in Lifehacker.com, Yahoo! News, and other well known websites and blogs.