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Reading Speed Calculator

Created by Piotr Małek
Reviewed by Bogna Szyk and Jack Bowater
Last updated: Jun 05, 2023

Reading speed calculator helps you assess how many books you can read over a period you specify.

Reading has been steadily increasing in popularity around the globe ever since the invention of the printing press. Although interest in reading is at an all-time high, the demand for printed books is dropping slightly every year as more and more people purchase e-book readers such as a Kindle, Nook, or Kobo. Even more people, according to the study by the Pew Research Center, read e-books on their tablets or smartphones (or more like phablets). Reading probably won't go away until we can directly upload information into our brains, and it's no surprise; some of the most successful people on the planet claim that they owe their success to having read a ton of books.

If you have a large pile of books you'd like to read, you may want to know how long, approximately, it might take to polish them off. This is where our calculator comes in handy. To make this tool easy to use, we have included two methods of calculations, so choose the one that suits you best.

The first one takes into consideration the time it takes to read a page of a book (see our reading time calculator), on average. If you're able to determine that, insert your value or use the default one (we found out it takes on average 2 minutes to read a page, but it depends heavily on the book itself and your speed). Once you insert the value, you'll quickly see how many books you might be able to read.

The second method uses the popular words/minute indicator. If you don't know yours, use one of the various online tools that will help you estimate it and insert it into the calculator. On average, we read at the speed of 250-300 words per minute with ~60% comprehension. The average book will have around 250-300 words per page, but the number might vary if it includes illustrations or is written in a very large or small font. Check it yourself or use the default value. Once you insert both, the tool will return the approximate number of books you can read in a certain amount of time.

As it's hard to say which method will be more accurate, please feel free to check for yourself and let us know!

Piotr Małek
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Pages read
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Method 2
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