Given that speed-reading can be a useful skill, US software developer Spritz has invented a potentially revolutionary new app which enables users to read up to 500 words a minute. Contrary to what you might think, the firm claims that it actually improves comprehension.
Trying it out isn't a relaxing experience, though - and while it might be handy in a work context, I can't see it taking off when people are reading for pleasure. After all, one of the joys of a good book is being able to read at a leisurely pace, savouring each word. Works of fiction, in particular, are as much (if not more) about the journey than the final destination - impatiently storming through just to get to the end would be missing the point somewhat.
(Thanks to Wan for the link.)