7 Apps to read books and content (even if you’re short on time)

7 Apps to read books and content (even if you’re short on time)

How to read fast: the best apps for reading selected by the Pigro Team for you.

If you are among those who never have time to relax and read a good book (or you are just too lazy) this article is for you!

We offer you 7 apps to read books for free, or that you can try for free, to help you with your reading, especially if you’re short on time.

If you’re looking for useful apps that will allow you to be more efficient in the shortest possible time, who can advise you better than the team of Pigro, which has made it a philosophy of life and work?

App for reading books… in no time!

Among the best apps for iPhone and Android, we found two particular tools that allow you to read faster, training your eyes … or with some little trick.





If you want to find out how to read a book in no time, this is the app for you.

Spritz Reader promises to reimagine the world of reading. According to the app’s website, a person reads an average of 200 words per minute. This is because they have to have the time to move their eyes from one word to another in the paper.

Spritz is the application to read books that revolutionizes the reading method: the words are shown in sequence, and always in the same place, very quickly. In this way, say the creators of the app, you go from a level of text comprehension from 60% to 90%, reading 300 words per minute. And it’s always possible to improve, reading up to 1000 words per minute. In short, a real challenge with yourself and with time.





The app that makes you read a book in 15 minutes.

Or rather, it summarizes the contents of books (and podcasts) in key points: the app, born in Germany, promises to make you always learn something new, even if you don’t have time to dedicate to learning.

Blinkist, available for all smartphones, offers summaries of entire books, which can be read in just 15 minutes, for example, while on the bus before arriving at the office. By signing up for a monthly subscription, you can access thousands of educational content on a wide range of topics, from science to economics to creativity. Of course, this does not include novels and narrative content, which cannot be read in full.


App for fast reading content

If you’re looking for quick reading cues, or want to archive everything you’re interested in for more leisurely reading, you can try these apps:





Instapaper is available as both a Chrome extension and an app, and allows you to save and archive articles from web pages for offline reading.

Simply create a free account and start saving your most interesting content to read later. You can also add notes and comments, or highlight text and share it.


Google News



Among the free reading applications, Google News is available for Android and iOS and collects news from the main Italian and international newspapers.

Thanks to the Press Review you will be shown 5 main daily news, including local, national, and worldwide contents. With a simple click, you can deepen the topics that interest you most.

If you want to stay up to date on the latest news, even with little time available, this is the app for you.


App to quickly find what you’re looking for

It often happens that you need to extract some information from a book and you think that, in order to do so, you must necessarily read the entire volume.

But that’s not the case. There are apps that help you quickly find what you’re looking for.




You’ve found free online downloadable books or other digital content and now you want to search for information within them?

If you need an ebook app to help you search for specific content, Paragraphs can help.

All you have to do is upload your book in digital format to the platform and you’ll be able to find the information you’re looking for. It’s very simple: just type a question and Paragraphs will extract, directly from your content, the paragraph that answers your question.

Thanks to the use of artificial intelligence, you can speed up your search, without being forced to read pages and pages, saving time that you can devote to other more interesting readings.


Other useful apps to download

Keeping your mind trained can be a way to improve your efficiency, even in reading. But for those who are too lazy, better try listening! Here are the best apps for Android and iOS:




Lumosity isn’t really a reading app, but it can help you improve your attention, memory, and brain performance.

Pick a workout program and achieve your goal by learning to keep your focus on the activities you’re doing, such as reading. From Lumosity’s website, you can read that a research conducted on a group of participants, who used the app daily, for 15 minutes a day, showed, after 10 weeks of training, significant improvements in cognition and speed of mental processes. All that’s left to do is give it a try!





For those who just don’t have time to rest their eyes on a book…now they can listen to it.

Amazon’s Audible is one of the best audiobook apps: it provides a plethora of audiobooks, podcasts, and audio series to listen to wherever and whenever you want. The subscription-based service, with a free 30-day trial, is available for any device, and will let you choose from more than 60,000 titles, to be played offline as well. 

If you are looking for more tips on how to optimize your time, we have collected for you a list of useful tools for lazy people, which will make you avoid wasting energy and resources, to devote to what you prefer.


Learn more: Useful apps for lazy people: the 6 best tools

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