How long will it take to read this article?

Posted on Aug 7, 2013

As someone fairly new to ereaders, the first thing I noticed and liked about them is that they tell you how much time is left.

I particularly like websites that use this same function, such as medium.com which allows me to read short articles from just about anyone, and employs the same technique.

At the top of each article it displays the estimated reading time. Allowing me to assess if I want to read it, save it for later or skip it. In this era of very short attention span, I think its a great initiative. So many times I’ve started something, to scroll down, and see that there is a lot more reading to be done, and I don’t have the time, or inclination to sit and read for a while at that particular moment.

Expanding on the concept?

Sometimes you’ll have a few minutes spare, 30mins, or an hour. A combination of medium.com and getpocket.com would allow me to assess how long I’ve got then it could suggest articles I could finish in that timeframe.

I also wonder where else the concept could be applied online…

By the way. It should have taken you 2-3 minutes to read this post.

 



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