College has many challenges, from working long nights studying, to massive exams and essays. Everyone is looking for tools and resources to help them better use their time.
One of the many areas of difficulty is reading. Reading takes time, but sometimes it is difficult or impossible to know how long a book is going to take to read. I know from experience that I have sat down to read something, thinking it will not take very long, to then spend several hours poring over a book to try to get it read before the next class. But there is a simple and easy tool that anyone can use to help them maximize reading time. It is called “Reading Length.” The website, readinglength.com, is a helpful tool that allows one to find the approximate time it will take them to read a specific book.
It works like this: go to the website and there will be a search bar. Type in any book you can think of and click “search.” This should bring you to a screen with a lot of helpful information. To the left you should see a box with the book, the author, original publication date, page, and word count. All this can be useful in seeing about how long the book is.
Next to the word count there should be a colored dot. Green means the book’s word count has been verified and is completely accurate. Yellow means the book’s word count is an estimate based upon the length of the audio book. Red means the book’s word count is a guess based upon the page count (usually inaccurate, but normally it will overestimate, so the book has rarely as many words as is suggested by the red dot).
But the center of the page is the most important. There in bold is the time the average reader will spend reading the book! This is immensely useful when planning reading time.
For example, say you were assigned The Cost of Discipleship by Dietrich Bonhoeffer. According to a close estimated word count of 78,300 words, it will take the average reader 5 hours and 13 minutes to read that book (at 250 words per minute). So if you needed to read that book in a week, you could spend only an hour or so a day and have it done in that time. This way you aren’t waiting until the night before the book has to be finished and underestimate the time it will take to read it.
Reading Length knows that not all people read at the same speed, so they offer simple and short tests that determine how fast you can read the specific book, or maybe judge your reading speeds in general. The description of the book is listed below the book itself. There are two buttons that allow you to time yourself in reading the description. Then, after you get your speed, you can insert it into the bar below the time and find out approximately how long it will take you to read that book. For example, I on average read closer to 330 words per minute so The Cost of Discipleship would only take me around 4 hours to read. Also the site links to Amazon, allowing you to find where you could buy the book and discover other books like it.
The site is very helpful with planning time to read. No matter how fast or how slow you read, you can use this site to determine the time it will take you to complete the task. If you use this information you may find that you don’t have to stay up until two in the morning reading. Instead, you can plan according to the individual book, and this will allow you to be more efficient in reading.
*written by Brennan Kress