Mouneer Rabie
Aug 27, 2017 · 2 min read

Hacking my way into more reading (ah, listening)


Do you ever feel that there’s so much to read and so little time? are you always hungry for learning? do you have a big list of books to read? a big list of articles in your “read later”?. Then probably you should read on.

One essential solution for the problem of not enough time to read all books you want is audio books. More details on this here. But the core problem remains, audiobooks library don’t cover all the great books one wants to read; what about all the e-books that are stacked in folders, iBooks, and Kindle? and what about all the great insightful articles that one has to pass on? For details and other ideas on getting more reading done, check this post.

I tried using Spritz, but for some reason that did not achieve my goals of faster more focused reading of electronic written contents.

Audioassist, a feature in iPhones turned out to be the solution; iPhone can read the text of any articles, e-books from any app in an adjustable speed; the voice is not-so-human and sometimes makes very funny mistakes, yet it enables one to zap through even the longest articles or whole ebooks.

I use it in 2 modes, the reading mode where I put it in very high speed, that is probably 3x normal reading speed and follow along the text; the listening mode where I put in a normal or slower speed and just listen. This helped me seriously starting and getting to over 20% of the book Gödel, Escher, Bach, a book that remained for long in my paperbooks and ebooks lirbary. Not mentioned all not having to keep adding article links to read-later list, since reading/listening to an article can be completed in 5 to 15 minutes. Like this long article from the Atlantic on Douglas Hofstadter

We love books and reading to the degree that we created a chatbot, Inky, to help people know more about books. Check out here, it won the Facebook chatbot 2017 competition.