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Improve Reading Speed and Comprehension

The Reader's Edge offers simple exercises and detailed lessons to improve your reading speed, comprehension, and recall, no matter what your level of reading proficiency.

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What are people saying about The Reader's Edge

Eddie Tex I just wanted to clarify the licensing policy. I'm a little confused by the "2 installations per footprint" as it says under the policy tab. What does that mean?

Also, your site states that the professional edition can be installed on 2 Windows PCs. I assume that this is the professional edition that is being offered here and thus we can install on two separate machines?
Oct 23 2011 at 6:11pm Copy Link
Mary Wilson Do you have a video to show how this works?
Oct 24 2011 at 4:06am Copy Link
Constantin Florea @Mary,

The download will be available only after you purchase the product. This is the way the product is setup on the vendor's web-site.

Also, do you mean that the online-demo does not work in your case?
BitsDuJour Admin - Oct 24 2011 at 5:12am Copy Link
Lance Leishman @Eddie - The promotion is for the Professional edition that allows you to install the program on two seperate computers.
The Literacy Company - Oct 24 2011 at 5:19am Copy Link
K X @ Eddie,

If you click through "Buy Now," it show that the Pro PC desktop version or the Pro Online version are discounted. For the PC version, you can have it installed on two machines simultaneously. I'm not sure about "2 activations per footprint." From within the program, you can deactivate the program on you computer so that you can move the program to a different machine. I assume that if you were doing a hardware upgrade, you should probably deactivate the program first

The help file says the Pro version allows "installation on two computers of your choice."

@ Mary,

You can't download the program until you've bought it, but the online demo gives the flavor of the interface and a test of reading rate, the first few lessons, and the initial exercises. If it's not working, it's likely a browser or flash issue. Try changing some settings or a different browser.

As far as videos, some unofficial videos are here:
Oct 24 2011 at 5:21am Copy Link
H. H. Hallo
just had a look at your demo, it seems to be interesting.
Nevertheless the following queestions (beause one can´t really compare because the demo version is very feature imited)

1. how differs readers edge from ace reader pro and the 7 speed reading? - what features are included, which 7speed reader and ace pro don´t have?

2. can the vendor clarify the activation - issue - is it sure, that it is ossible to deactivate the software e.g. befor a hardware change or new system-installation, so that one can reactivate without touching the activation- counter?
This would at last cover most of the planned system-changing and be a compromise between interests of users and developer. although hardware crashes are not covered by this.

Thanks for replying in advance
with kind regards
Oct 24 2011 at 7:03am Copy Link
Alex W I'm interested in the online version (I'm on a Mac, but can boot into Windows even if it's not ideal), but it isn't clear to me what features I'd be missing out on. For example, is there a limit to how much text I can copy and paste at one time? And is there a crossgrade path from the online version to the Windows version? Thanks.
Oct 24 2011 at 7:43am Copy Link
Eddie Tex @ H H

See TopTenReviews for a comparison. At least according to them, these two products (Reader's Edge and Ace Reader) are pretty evenly matched though they gave "Reader's Edge" the edge (no pun intended).

One other difference I noticed is with the license policy. Free lifetime upgrades with Reader's Edge..
Oct 24 2011 at 7:48am Copy Link
Lance Leishman @Alex W - The Windows addition includes some additional features that make it easy to perform certain tasks. For instance, in the Online edition you can copy any amount of text from your clipboard into the training exercises, but with the Windows edition you can copy text from your clipboard and save it into the program for future reading. In addition, you can import files directory from your computer into the training exercises with the Windows edition. Some additional features in the Windows edition include text-to-speech training exercises, built-in dictionary and an exercise coach that provides training suggestions.

Bascially, both editions offer all of the necessary features to improve your reading skills, but the Windows edition has some additional features that streamline some parts of the program and the Online edition can be used on any computer.

In terms of a crossgrade path, we offer existing customer a discount if they wish to purchase the other platform, but we don't offer it for free. The is due to the fact they are completely seperate program and we offer free updates for life on all of our software.
The Literacy Company - Oct 24 2011 at 7:59am Copy Link
Renaud Duval with online edition, can we import foreign texts?
Oct 24 2011 at 8:04am Copy Link
Lance Leishman @H H - The best way to see what the various programs offer is to do a few quick searches on the programs your comparing. With The Reader's Edge we offer a lot of great exercises that break the learning the down to simple steps.

With the activation you can certainly deactivate the program and transfer the license so it can be used on different computers. It's a process that's frequently used, especially considering we offer free updates for life.
The Literacy Company - Oct 24 2011 at 8:10am Copy Link
K X @ Alex,

In the PC version, along with using clipboard text, there's a Context Management menu for importing your own files. Reader's Edge will attempt to extract the text from these formats: rtf, doc, docx, odt, htm, html, pdf, pdb, wpd, wps, txt, wri.
Oct 24 2011 at 8:10am Copy Link
Lance Leishman @Renaud Duval - The Online edition works with English, Spanish, French, German and Dutch. It's currently not compatible with Russian, Chinese, Arabic and a few other languages.
The Literacy Company - Oct 24 2011 at 8:23am Copy Link
Renaud Duval thanks. would you recommend online or offline method? I hesitate. I want to have my children also use in French.
Oct 24 2011 at 10:58am Copy Link
Lance Leishman The Windows (offline) edition includes more features, so I would opt for that version if possible.
The Literacy Company - Oct 24 2011 at 11:56am Copy Link
K X @ Renaud,

One other difference (per the vendor website) is that the Pro Online version is limited to 5 accounts, but the the Pro PC version can have unlimited accounts, so if you have a lot of kids, you might want to use the PC version.
Oct 24 2011 at 12:49pm Copy Link
H. H: @Eddie Tex
thank you for the link

@Lance Leishman
thank you for responding and clarification.
The possibility to deactivate /reactivate the software is crucial for making the decision to buy, reading some reviews the software seems to be worthmoney.
with kind regards
Oct 24 2011 at 1:48pm Copy Link
Mary Wilson Yes, I meant the on-line version would not work at all.
Oct 24 2011 at 6:16pm Copy Link
Rick Truell Mary Wilson:

You had to pay for shipping because in the 'Delivery' column, you left "CD" selected instead of changing it to "Download", so now they're going to mail you a CD...which, naturally, you have to pay shipping for.
Oct 24 2011 at 7:06pm Copy Link
Manuel Alvarado Do you know when is this deal is live again?
Mar 25 2012 at 8:48am Copy Link
Roger Thomasson @ Manuel

It's coming soon, but we don't provide the specific date. Click the 'I Want This' button and we'll send you an email reminder the day it goes live.

BitsDuJour Admin - Mar 25 2012 at 8:49am Copy Link
Tim Parsons My reading skills are already -- I think -- pretty good. Most of the detail on the website is about helping poor readers improve... for me, I'd like to be able to read faster without feeling that I might be skipping over important details or not properly absorbing what I'm reading. What can TRE do for me?
Mar 28 2012 at 2:44am Copy Link
Oliver Solano You policy states that transfer of a license to another owned computer is allowed.

Can you confirm if unlimited transfers are allowed?

For example, If I change computers once every 2-3 years, can I continue to transfer my license from one computer to the next without limitation?

I would assume "Yes" because your policy also states that free upgrades and support for the lifetime of the product will be provided.

Can you please confirm if this is correct?

Thank you.
Mar 28 2012 at 3:47am Copy Link
Lance Leishman @Tim

We certainly feel The Reader's Edge can help you further improve your reading skills. A lot of our users are readers that already have a solid set of reading skills and can read quite fast, they use the software to further hone their abilities. Let us know if you have any further questions. Thanks!
The Literacy Company - Mar 28 2012 at 6:59am Copy Link
Lance Leishman @Oliver

You are correct, with the license you can easily move the license from computer to computer. The program includes all of the instructions to deactivate the program on one computer, then transfer a license to a new computer. It's a process that's frequently used, especially considering we offer free updates for life. Thanks!
The Literacy Company - Mar 28 2012 at 7:02am Copy Link
Arie Syafei We can only choose between Windows edition OR online edition, is that right? If yes, just to make sure I pick the right one for me. Thanks
Mar 28 2012 at 7:29am Copy Link
Lance Leishman @Arie

Yes that's correct, this offer is for either the Windows or Online Edition. Thanks!
The Literacy Company - Mar 28 2012 at 7:32am Copy Link
_*_ Are there any users that can offer their experience with the program? It would be helpful to hear real world experience.
Mar 28 2012 at 9:01am Copy Link
Steve T I am tossing up between the software and the online version.

Is there an extra discount if we buy both?

I notice the software version has features the online version doesnt have and vice versa.

Is the plan for them to eventually have identical features?

The online version has comprehensive reporting, what about the software version?

If I purchase the online version, will i have unlimited user accounts for my students to login?

Can a number of students login at the same time or only one at a time?

Thank you
Mar 28 2012 at 9:11am Copy Link
Lance Leishman @Steve

At this time we don't have any promotions setup for both the Online and Windows edition, this promotion is for one or the other.

At some point the two platforms might offer the same features, but we're not sure when that could happen.

Yes the Windows edition includes comprehensive reporting as well.

The Online Edition only allows for 5 users accounts, so you should probably opt for the Windows Edition if you're planning on using the software with a large number of students. With the Windows Edition only one user can login to the program on each machine at a time (this license allow for two computers). With the Online Edition you can have up to 5 different users logged into the program at one time.

Let us know if you have any further questions. Thanks!
The Literacy Company - Mar 28 2012 at 9:19am Copy Link

A couple of years ago, someone video blogged about their experience with the program:

And there's a wealth of other compelling real world user accouns on the official website, from different categories of users: professionals, educators, students, parents:
Mar 28 2012 at 1:23pm Copy Link
Cox TB Can I use this program with Asia languages, especially Korean?
Mar 28 2012 at 6:13pm Copy Link
Lance Leishman @Cox TB

Yes you can use the software with Asia languages, including Korean. The last screenshot on this page ( illustrates how the program works with non-English text. Thanks!
The Literacy Company - Mar 28 2012 at 6:32pm Copy Link
M S Can anyone who knows this software wirte a review?
PC only software as well i guess?

I have read 2-3 speed reading books and have a fast reading app like "ace read pro" and "read fast" for mac. does this package add anything special to the mix?
May 21 2012 at 2:57am Copy Link
Antonio moreno interesante programa .OK
May 21 2012 at 3:15am Copy Link
Nico Westerdale Due to the overwhelming response The Literacy Company has agreed to extend this deal for another day - Enjoy!
BitsDuJour Admin - May 22 2012 at 12:00am Copy Link
Renaud Duval Hi, I have bought the reader's edge about 1 year ago on BitsduJour. I have not used it much. I don't think it is a useful software. Having tested speed reading technics for one year, I have switched back to usual reading. They help read quicker but you loose all pleasure in reading with these technics. I have bought many softwares on Bits du Jour. Most of them are great and this site is really a treasure. not for the Reader's Edge though.
May 22 2012 at 7:21am Copy Link
Stephen Kunkel Seems pretty cool. Lots of good exercises, with different options on the exercises. You can customize your lessons based on your interests (fiction, history, personal development, etc). Let's you import PDFs, TXTs, etc and use them in your practice drills. Has a "coach" that suggests lessons and walks you though the course. Has an RSS reader that you can add feeds to, though it doesn't look like the program will work as a 'reading-pacer' for your RSS reading. It installed and activated fine. Looks like you might only get 2 activation.... Hopefully when I get a new PC I'll be able to transfer my licence to it. All in all, a good product. As a "hobbyist" I'm not sure it's worth $149... Definitely worth 39 though--glad I bought it. Thanks Literacy Company and BDJ! :)

Extra note: I also own AceReader Pro and SpeedReader X. TRE is as good as Ace, and way better than SE X.

Edit: On the RSS thing, I guess they do have it setup so you can easily copy the article and paste it in as a reading exercise :)

@M E: I don't know that TRE is significantly better than Ace Reader Pro... It does have a different group of exercises, different types, etc. So if you liked Ace, you'll probably like TRE and be glad you got it. If you thought Ace was lame, you might not like TRE either...

EDIT2: The above version does appear to be the 'Pro' version. I'm not sure why BDJ lists The Readers Edge Pro as another product... Maybe it was offered as such in the past? Also, the "Online Edition" appears to be a separate product--not included.
May 22 2012 at 2:25pm Copy Link
Amit 1) The desktop version can be installed on 2 computers. Right ?

2) Is there a comparison matrix for the difference in features of online and dektop version ? Or anything that makes it easy to decide between the two ?
Oct 6 2012 at 6:42am Copy Link
Matt Hello. Can you describe how 'The Reader's Edge' is different from and better than your competition 'Ace Reader Pro', that's also sold here on BDJ? Thank you.
Oct 6 2012 at 9:10pm Copy Link
Lance Leishman @Amit - That's correct the desktop (Windows) edition can be installed on two computers. Our website includes a comparison matrix, please see

@James - The best way to see what the various programs offer is to do a few quick searches on the programs you're comparing. With The Reader's Edge we offer a lot of great exercises that break the learning the down to simple steps.
The Literacy Company - Oct 8 2012 at 7:56pm Copy Link
Matt Hi Lance. The 'Download Trial' link on this page leads to your website and an 'online demo'. Do you have a trial 'download' version of this software? I couldn't find a trial download link on your website. I would like to install a trial version on my PC before making a purchase. Thank you.
Oct 9 2012 at 1:56am Copy Link
Lance Leishman @James - We currently don't offer a free download of the software before purchasing. If for some reason you're not happy with your purchase simply let us know and we'll issue a full refund. Thanks!
The Literacy Company - Oct 9 2012 at 6:24am Copy Link
Dwight User Greetings,

Can you tell me what version this is?

Oct 10 2012 at 12:49am Copy Link
Renaud Duval I have bought the reader's edge and think this type of software is really useless. Reader's Edge interface is old and boring and it really does not help to read more quickly. The most efficient way is to use a pen a stick or your finger like children do and this way you will read really much more quicker. For the rest exercises are so boring that you stop quickly.
Oct 10 2012 at 2:16am Copy Link
Ric Thanks for the hands-on feedback Renaud. I was thinking about it, but then I checked out to see what their rates were. Might be worthwhile to assess the competitors, too.
Oct 10 2012 at 5:55am Copy Link
trek What exactly means 2 installations per footprint?
i format my pc every two months, so i can install The Reader's Edge only two times. That's unacceptable
Oct 10 2012 at 9:32am Copy Link
Lance Leishman @Dwight - The current version is We're putting the final touches in Version 7 that is due out in the next few weeks, which all existing users can update to free of charge. It's got a completely new look and a lot of new features (vocabulary training, improved rss integration, new exercises) that have been requested by our users.
The Literacy Company - Oct 10 2012 at 10:04am Copy Link
Lance Leishman @Renaud - Thanks for the feedback, we're certainly doing all we can to make the program as effective as possible. As part of a new edition (due out in a few weeks) that includes a completely new look we're incorporating vocabulary training and expanding our rss integration so users can quickly import current reading material from popular news outlets to ensure the exercises are as enjoyable and engaging as possible. We'll notify all of our current users when the update is available, so be sure to update once it's available.
The Literacy Company - Oct 10 2012 at 10:06am Copy Link
Lance Leishman @Trek - The program allows for two active licenses at a time. It's a very common process that users switch and update their computers frequently and we've accounted for that with our license process. With your bitsdujour purchase you'll always be able to use the program on two computers.
The Literacy Company - Oct 10 2012 at 10:09am Copy Link
Matt Hi Lance. You said in an earlier post that version 7 would be released in a few weeks. It's been almost a month since you've said this and since I've made this purchase.

Do you have an idea when ver. 7 might be released?

I don't want to install version 6, activate it, learn its interface then have to uninstall it, install version 7, activate it and re-learn version 7 with all of the new features you've mentioned. Thanks.
Nov 8 2012 at 7:32pm Copy Link
Harald Vogel On October 12th you wrote: "We're putting the final touches in Version 7 that is due out in the next few weeks, which all existing users can update to free of charge..."

Any news about Version 7? Thanks.
Feb 25 2013 at 1:34am Copy Link
Emma Sousa Hi I'm going away for 2 weeks and am hoping that I don't miss this deal. Is there anyway to be able to purchase this now at the discounted rate so I can have access to this when I leave? I will have limited access to the internet and am concerned I'll miss the deal.
Feb 27 2013 at 7:39am Copy Link
Richard Hoile Hi Can you please confirm that this offer is for the Pro edition?
Feb 28 2013 at 2:51am Copy Link
Lance Leishman @harald: We've ran into a few development issues on v7, so it still hasn't been released. Hopefully in the near future.

@emma: We took care of this yesterday. Thanks!

@richard: Yes this is for the Professional edition.
The Literacy Company - Feb 28 2013 at 6:43am Copy Link
Ken Phelan @Richard Hoile et al., i just completed purchasing and downloading this software. It is the Version 6 Pro edition allowing one (1) activation code.
Feb 28 2013 at 8:00am Copy Link
Lance Leishman @ken - Yes it's the Pro edition that comes with one activation code, but the code can be used on two computers. Thanks.
The Literacy Company - Feb 28 2013 at 8:11am Copy Link
Petr Please reply to Harald's question. I will repeat. "If we buy this software today, will the upgrade to version 7 be no-charge?"
Feb 28 2013 at 10:42am Copy Link
Lance Leishman @Petr: Sorry about that, I overlooked that question. We never charge for upgrades, they're always free.
The Literacy Company - Feb 28 2013 at 10:44am Copy Link
Nico Westerdale Great News! The Literacy Company has agreed to extend this deal for another day - Enjoy!
BitsDuJour Admin - Mar 1 2013 at 12:11am Copy Link

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