A guy named Trevor Smith created a cool speed-reading tool using Java and has it on the web.
The Java SpeedReader requires Java. Ever since Sun Microsystems won its lawsuit against Microsoft for license violations (for changing Java to add functions that were incompatible with the official Java “runtime” version), Java has not been distributed with Windows. Early versions of Windows XP had Microsoft’s Java Virtual Machine installed.
If you don’t already have Java installed, you can download and run real Java for free from Sun Microsystem’s site >www.Java.com
There are a couple examples of Trevor Smith’s Java Speedreader here —
Eastern Standard Tribe
>Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom. Both of these books are released by Cory Doctorow via a very friendly copyright license.
I really enjoyed reading Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom, which is a somewhat science-fictiony story. Really, it’s a complicated character study with a bunch of extrapolations of scientific breakthroughs and the effects that they would have on society.
I have to admit that, while the Java SpeedReader introduced me to Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom, but I didn’t use it for most of the book.
If you enjoy reading with the Java SpeedReader, you can even download your own copy and feed it your favorite ebook, if you have it in .txt format.