How quickly do you like to listen to audiobooks? TechCrunch has a story about an accelerating audiobook reading app that gradually ramps up the speed until you’re listening to audiobooks faster than you might have expected you could. Rightspeed is a $2.99 iOS app that increases your listening speed by 0.1x every two minutes until you’re listening to audiobooks 3 or 4 times faster than normal.
Most audiobook apps have options to listen to audiobooks faster than normal—which I mainly use when the audiobook narrator seems to read at an ungodly slow speed. But I don’t usually go above 1.5x. The idea of listening through at triple or quadruple speed seems a bit strange, but perhaps it isn’t quite so odd if you ramp up to it and get used to quicker listening little by little.
I’m not so sure I care enough about it to throw three bucks at it as an experiment, especially since I don’t have a current iOS device that would fit in my pocket, but I could see how it might be fun to try. TechCrunch suggests that the fact that it’s a standalone app without a built-in library or partnership makes getting content into it a “challenge,” but I can’t see how it would be worse than other third-party audiobook apps like Smart AudioBook Player. There are plenty of DRM-free audiobooks out there—the public domain ones from LibriVox, the DRM-free ones you get from the Humble Bundle and other such places. The entire world doesn’t run on Audible alone.