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The Reader's Edge

Improve Reading Speed and Comprehension

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Platforms: Windows 98, 2000, XP, Vista (32 and 64 bit), 7 (32 and 64 bit) - online edition works on all computer with Flash installed
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These days, we're lucky to be able to get any reading time in at all, what with work, kids, cooking, cleaning, laundry, and all of that other non-book-related stuff. It's critically important, then, to get as much out of your reading as possible -- and The Reader's Edge is the perfect tool to get the job done!

The Reader's Edge improves your reading speed, comprehension, and recall, no matter how old you are and your level of reading proficiency. Thanks to an intuitive interface, simple exercises, and detailed lessons, you'll be amazed at how much more productive you can be! In fact, with The Reader's Edge, you'll soon be enjoying a reading rate that's 2 to 5 times faster, with improved comprehension and recall, with as little as 15 minutes of training a day.

By breaking the bonds of bad reading habits that you've built up since childhood, The Reader's Edge gives you the power to rise, Phoenix-like, from the ashes of stunted reading into a new era of productivity, effectivness, and maximum enjoyment. Speed and comprehension tests measure your abilities the first time you use the program, then serve as a benchmark by which you can measure your progress. As always, you can customize your reading goals so that The Reader's Edge will create a unique and personalized training strategy that suits your needs perfectly.

Review Written by Derek Lee
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Daly de Gagne It appears there is no download for a trial version of The Reader's Edge once I click on the "Download Trial" button. There is some sort of online trial, but it's not the same thing as actually trialing the software on the Windows desktop.

Will there be a download trial offered?


Sep 5 2013 at 1:01pm Copy Link
Harald Vogel On February 28th you wrote: "We've ran into a few development issues on v7, so it still hasn't been released. Hopefully in the near future."

And in October 2012 you wrote: "We're putting the final touches in Version 7 that is due out in the next few weeks."

Can you assure us that a Version 7 is still in the making and will be released? Do you have any news? To me it seems almost that development has stopped and Version 6 will be the last. I really hope that I'm wrong.
Sep 7 2013 at 5:09pm Copy Link
David Zhang One feature mentioned says " online edition works on all computer with Flash installed", what does this mean? Does the purchase include PC version and online version as well? Does the online version have all features similar to the software version?
Sep 7 2013 at 6:12pm Copy Link
Daly de Gagne After several days no answer to my question related to fact there is no trial download for this product. Hardly reassuring.
Sep 8 2013 at 3:46am Copy Link
Constantin Florea @Daly de Gagne - I am sorry but there is no trial download available.
BitsDuJour Admin - Sep 8 2013 at 5:48am Copy Link
Daly de Gagne Thanks. The wording on the Bits site should be changed in that case. I will not buy the program if there's no trial.
Sep 8 2013 at 8:25am Copy Link
Matt I purchased 'The Reader's Edge' (TRE) through BDJ in October 2012.

I need to move my licenses from two old PCs onto two new PCs. This 'de-activation' process needs to be done through TRE's customer service.

I've sent TRE's customer service several emails requesting this transfer of licenses. I have not received one single reply from TRE.

I am unable to use The Reader's Edge software because they are locked on to two computers that are no longer in use.

Maybe they could address my issue here and give me further instructions.

Thank you.
Sep 8 2013 at 1:25pm Copy Link
Constantin Florea @Matt - We've just contacted the vendor regarding the issue you mentioned and asked for his help.
BitsDuJour Admin - Sep 8 2013 at 1:32pm Copy Link
Daly de Gagne Matt, your experience, and mine asking about a download and getting no answer directly from The Reader's Edge makes me leery about buying the program.

I don't think TRE is all that interested in customer service. I can only go by what I see. Other software developers monitor the messages here when their programs are on offer.

Had I know it would end up this way I would have bought Ace Reader - which I had downloaded. Actually, I had hoped to download both and then decide which to buy. I waited on TRE and that was a mistake. I'd gladly buy Ace Reader, knowing now what I do, but it's too late to get the deal.

Sep 8 2013 at 1:37pm Copy Link
Slartibartfarst Following on from comments above by Daly de Gagne and Matt, from what I can make out the TRE website doesn't actually say exactly how the software and its "simple exercises" will help to improve one's reading speed.
I would recommend caution. The speed-reading market has been replete with shonky salesmen peddling dubious magical products/services for years, starting with the Evelyn Wood franchise in the '50s.
None of it has been certified as being effective. From experience, I would have recommended mechanical devices (shutters, etc.), but even that isn't certain - e.g., refer:
Can We Improve Reading by Using Mechanical Devices?
William D. Sheldon
The Reading Teacher
Vol. 8, No. 4, Controversial Issues Relating to Reading (Apr., 1955), pp. 219-223
Published by: International Reading Association
Sep 9 2013 at 5:37am Copy Link
Lance Leishman @David Zhang: This BitsDuJour offer is good for either the Windows or Online Edition, you can see the differences between the two on our website at

@Daly de Gagne: Constantin is correct, we don't offer a free trial download, we offer a 30-day money-back guarantee on all purchases. We've found over the 10+ years we've been doing this, users are more dedicated to really working with the program if they make the initial investment versus a simply free trial that can be easily discarded.

@Matt: I've checked our email logs and I wasn't able to locate any emails from you, please send an email to and we'll be glad to address your support needs. To improve our customer support and to get a better understanding of why you haven't received a reply, please forward one of your original emails as well.

@Slartibartfarst Anon: We completely agree! With a few searches users can easily find negative information about speed reading and companies that promise way beyond what is realistic and attainable (ie, 5-10x reading speed improvement). In the 10+ years we've been selling our software we've tried to market it as more that just speed reading. A large part of the exercises within the software focus on improving comprehension and retention, which are vital parts of improving ones reading skills.
The Literacy Company - Sep 9 2013 at 7:29pm Copy Link
Daniel Gaudet I've just purchased both edition and I find that I am having a hard time looking at the interface text in both versions.

For the windows version I think it's because of the black text on a light blue background. Is there a way to make it look bigger or with a different background without having to change the resolution (1920x1200)?

For the online version, is there a way to just make bigger? Zooming in Chrome has no effect on the size of the application. I tried it on my 24" screen for my desktop and my 17" screen on my laptop (also 1920x1200) and it was just has hard to look at it on either screens.

I am also a bit worried because I will be getting an even higher resolution screen for my desktop in the next few months and it will probably be even more of an issue.


Sep 9 2013 at 9:07pm Copy Link
Matt Thank you, Constantin, for contacting TRE Customer Service and answering our questions.

Hi Daly. I really like the new AceReader. I've been using it for years. Bernie is the developer, a friendly guy and a good guy to know. You may want to contact him.

Even though I've had TRE for almost a year, other than installing it, I haven't tried it. I thought it would be a good supplement to AceReader. I just hope I have more success with their customer service. And hopefully the long-promised version 7 is released sometime soon.
Sep 10 2013 at 7:38am Copy Link

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