Speed Reading with the Right Brain by David Butler

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Download Speed Reading with the Right Brain – Speed Reading with the Right Brain: Not the old speed reading tricks about “saccades”, “eye-span widening”, or “finger waving patterns.” Discover how to comprehend faster, so instead of simply seeing words faster, you’ll READ FASTER!

Speed Reading with the Right Brain

Forget about using your finger as a pacer, or trying to suppress sub-vocalization.
Boost focus and concentration by engaging the power of your right brain visualizing skills.

Reading happens in your brain, not your eyes. That’s why reading speed only increases when you comprehend faster. This book will show you how, by focusing your attention on ideas instead of words.

  • Improve reading speed and comprehension
  • Learn to read ideas, instead of just the words
  • Practice with 20 phrase-highlighted exercises
  • Develop visual and conceptual thinking skills

The first realistic approach to speed-reading: “speed-comprehension”

A totally unique system of specially-formatted speed reading exercises make it easy for you to read complete phrases at a time, which allows you to concentrate on larger ideas instead of just words, which in turn, allows you to apply the special visual and conceptual talents of the right-brain to your reading.

  • Phrase-highlighting helps you read in whole phrases.
  • Visualizing focuses attention on the ideas of phrases.
  • Looking for ideas to visualize helps you find phrases.

Once you master this right-brain approach to speed reading, you will not only get through written material faster than you ever thought possible, but you will also assimilate ideas more deeply and enjoy better reading retention.

Are you ready to grab the attention of your imagination with visual and conceptual images?

Now is the time to improve reading skills, improve reading speed, and improve reading comprehension. In this information age, the more you know; the more freedoms, interests, and opportunities you’ll have.

The more books you open; the more doors you open to your future. The sooner you get started with this book; the sooner you will be on your way to changing your reading experience forever.

Praise for Speed Reading with the Right Brain:

“When I read the reviews for this book, I thought they’re probably from the friends of the author. I was naturally skeptical after having read many books on speed reading. It’s funny that now I’m one of the people giving it a 5-star rating, and will probably add to the skepticism.”
~ Amazon book reviewer

“I’m a college student pursuing a career in neuroscience. Using these techniques, I was able to go from 230 wpm to 450 wpm just after reading the book alone. I actually comprehend far more than before and remember all I read, even in complicated textbooks. Truly a book worth any price. I believe the techniques Dave uses are the future of not only reading but all aspects of memory and the mind.”
~ Amazon book reviewer

“The author is really being very truthful in every chapter! Thank you very much DAVID BUTLER for this WONDERFUL, DIFFERENT and a MUST READ BOOK!”
~ Amazon book reviewer

“This is not the Evelyn Wood method repackaged. It is an entirely different method.”
~ Amazon book reviewer

“A year ago, I struggled through 1-2 book per month. Today I’m reading 1-3 books a week.”
~ Amazon book reviewer

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Getting Started
Chapter 2: How Can You Read Faster?
Chapter 3: Your New Reading Experience
Chapter 4: The Basics
Chapter 5: Skills
Chapter 6: Ancient History
Chapter 7: Modern History
Chapter 8: Texting the Brain
Chapter 9: Reading with the Brain
Chapter 10: Mindset
Chapter 11: Comprehension
Chapter 12: Habits
Chapter 13: Visualizing
Chapter 14: Conceptualizing
Chapter 15: Reading Speeds
Chapter 16: Comprehension Speeds
Chapter 17: Techniques
Chapter 18: Mythical Exercises
Chapter 19: Mythical Stories
Chapter 20: Reading on Your Own
Additional Resources

Reviews – Speed Reading with the Right Brain


“A unique method that allows you to more effectively assimilate what you read in a shorter amount of time.”
-Amanda Johnson, M.A., Assistant Professor of English, Collin College, Plano, Texas

“Includes not only original theories and techniques for reading improvement, but also a totally exclusive method of presenting practice exercises.”
-Richard Sutz, CEO, The Literacy Company, EfficientReading.com,
Author of “Speed Reading for Dummies”

“It is amazing to me that so much could have been written in so many years since Evelyn Wood about speed reading and no one came up with the idea of ‘speed comprehension.'”
-Dr. James Young, Professor of English, Weber State University, Ogden, Utah

“Gets to the core of reading comprehension, with effective techniques and exercises to focus your attention on meaning versus words.”
-Danielle Ellis, mother, editor, and 6th grade teacher

Review – Speed Reading with the Right Brain

Not counting this book, I own 5-speed reading books. I have read all of them and followed all of the instructions in each book. None of them, not a one, worked. This book caught my eye because I own Drawing on The Right Side of The Brain, which is an excellent book. I read this book and followed all of the instructions and exercises in it. The right side of the brain method worked very well. So I thought it might just work with reading also.

I found this book to be very interesting. The concept and material is very different from any other speed reading book I have read. The idea seems pretty straightforward and easy to implement. This book does not regurgitate any of the old, useless material found the overwhelming majority of speed reading books, all of this information is new. I find the theory to be very practical and sensible. This is my initial review of the book since I have only just moments ago finished reading it for the first time. Yes, that’s right, I intend to read it a second time to work on the examples again for practice. I also intend to make use of the right side of the brain free “phrase reading” course online given at the end of the book to help me thoroughly test this theory. So my initial take on this book is worth 4-stars, which could change either up or down depending on the results of my fully testing the theory in actual practice. When I have completed my test I shall update this review accordingly. This is not the Evelyn Wood method repackaged. It is an entirely different method.

I have been working with the free tools that the author has on his website. I find the method easy to implement and the tools are quite useful to my progress. I am having good success with this method, which is something I cannot say about the previous five books I have read.

Review – Speed Reading with the Right Brain

I’ve taken the Evelyn Wood course and another online speed reading course and bought another program promising to boost my reading speed. None of them worked for the reasons that David Butler surveys in Speed Reading with the Right Brain. I’m happy to say that in only about three weeks my reading speed has gone from an average of 210 WPM to 400—with excellent comprehension. His method actually works. It takes practice, obviously, but it’s not tiring or frustrating as other speed reading programs struck me as being. What’s completely different about Butler’s method is that he puts good comprehension first. You learn to parse texts into phrases (groups of words) that communicate single ideas and then to visualize and conceptualize their meaning. Speed develops on its own as a reader’s ability improves in translating the meaning of phrases into mental imagery. I’ve started reading my own material in this way, and it’s been a revelation. Highly recommended

Review – Speed Reading with the Right Brain

I was a voracious reader as a young girl. For all the reading I did, I became an unconventional thinker and adventurous adult. But, over the years, the art of reading took a back seat to the technical manuals and personal development guides that come with #growningup. I’ve bought books, moved books, stored books and now that I have a personal office, I have real library.

The other day, I sat in my chair wondering which book to pull off the shelf. It occured to me that of all the books I owned, I’d only read the entirety of less than half. Why? Because reading had become a drag, something un-fun. And to add, my eyes have weakened and tire out which frustrates me.


Somehow or other, this book caught my eye. I put it in the cart and forgot about it. My wife needed to hit a price point for free shipping and bought it for me. Surprise!

Dude, Duuuude. This book is seriously a big freaking deal.

I used to pride myself in being like a grammar nazi. I could spot a misspelling in 6 languages but I didn’t know how to speed read. And now, I don’t give two shits about that.

I’m all about the ease and satisfaction of quickly understanding the ideas composed of word phrases. Total paradigm shift happening here!

Einstein, by Walter Isaacson, has been around the world with me but I never even got through the first chapter. Finished it yesterday. I have a stack of books on my desk before me and I AIN’T SCARED! I’m so excited! You don’t understand how much inofrmation you can process easily until you shift gears and trust that you’re hella-smarter than you thought. The exercises are not all easy but the rate of progress is remarkable.

Give this book to anyone and everyone in your life, especially to parents with school age kids. This book provides the tools necessary to leverage the power of information for your best interests.

And reading IS FUNdamental.

Introduction – Speed Reading with the Right Brain

I slammed the book shut. Why was I such a frustratingly slow reader? And why couldn’t I remember what I read? I was sitting in my yard, in the shade of the tall white birch trees, beneath the blue summer sky, reading a book I was very interested in. But I couldn’t help getting angry at how much time the reading was taking me and how poor my comprehension was. How could I enjoy a book if I had to read it in slow motion? And then just forget it all? This was me several years ago. And if this sounds like you, read on. I can show you how to read faster and understand more, by reading with more of your brain; specifically, the powerful, intuitive, big-picture right hemisphere. Although not normally associated with reading, this side of your head has a unique capability of quickly visualizing and conceptualizing entire complex ideas. Reading with the right brain is a technique which opened the doors to reading for me. This is not like any other technique you may have already tried; believe me, I’ve tried them all. This is different. This book is about learning to read conceptually and imagining and visualizing what you are reading. Reading conceptually is not just another speed reading trick, but a different way of thinking. By learning to use your right brain’s visualizing abilities, you can end the lazy habit of merely reciting words, and learn to really think about the ideas. Visualizing is central to this technique and therefore will be mentioned repeatedly in different contexts throughout the book. But this book also explains how stronger comprehension leads to faster reading, how the history of reading developed, and how the brain manages to accomplish this miracle. Plus, there’s a discussion of how to side-step bad reading habits and an examination of popular speed reading myths. The jewel of this book though is the set of 20 unique reading exercises, which make it easy to learn to read with the right brain by guiding your attention to each of the short, meaningful pieces of information which sentences are made of. These specially formatted exercises will give you an easy way to experience how it feels to read faster and to read with better comprehension. By spending a little time practicing with these exercises, you can discover the power of reading with the right brain.


I had always wished I was a better reader. I wanted to read more but I was so slow. I was interested in non-fiction books, especially history and science, but if the point of reading non-fiction was to acquire and retain knowledge, then this was probably the single least effective activity I ever engaged in. Not only was I slow, but after spending dozens of hours getting to the end of a book, I only retained the foggiest idea of what I had read. I had always been frustrated by how much time my reading took. And no matter how much I read, I was still slow. I wanted to improve but didn’t know how. Nothing I tried worked. As a young boy, I would see advertisements that promised to teach me to “speed read.” I don’t remember what these courses cost, but it must have been more than I could afford on my allowance. In high school, I finally had the chance to take a night course on speed reading—one night a week for ten weeks. An impressive looking machine displayed text in short segments, one at a time, with a control for speed adjustment. It seemed like this should work for sure, but in the end, it had no real effect. The faster the text displayed, the worse my comprehension was. I tried several speed reading books and courses during high school, college, and beyond, but was always disappointed. Reading well should have been in my genes. My father and mother were excellent readers. My mother loved to read fiction and my father loved nonfiction. My father was self-taught since 8 th grade, but because of his passion for reading, he could speak intelligently on practically any subject. But it didn’t look like I had inherited my parents’ reading skills. I also found it difficult to maintain concentration and I had a horrible memory. What was wrong with me? Maybe I just had a slow brain. Maybe I could never read faster.

Layout of This Book

Each chapter of this book starts with instructional material. These explanations will give you an understanding of what reading with the right brain is and how it can be applied to your reading. The instructional material also includes information about the history of and the mental processes involved in reading. This overview of reading will help you stay on the straightest path to faster reading and better comprehension. At the end of each chapter there is an exercise to practice what you have learned. Speed Reading with the Right Brain

Each exercise consists of the first thousand words of a separate popular classic novel. The text in these exercises is specially formatted in a way that makes it easy to see the phrases. This is done by indicating the separate units of meaning with alternating black and gray text. This will identify the phrases for you, so you can concentrate more on seeing the meaning of each phrase. Here is an example of this technique. Alice was beginning to get very tired of sitting by her sister on the bank, and of having nothing to do: once or twice she had peeped into the book her sister was reading, but it had no pictures or conversations in it, ‘and what is the use of a book,’ thought Alice ‘without pictures or conversation?’ In this example, “Alice was beginning” is the first unit of meaning, “to get very tired” is the second, “of sitting by her sister” is the third, etc. Speed Reading with the Right Brain

The alternating black and gray text helps you quickly focus your eyes on each phrase, making these phrases easier to grasp at a glance. Each exercise is one thousand words long. The first eight hundred words are highlighted in black and gray, and the last two hundred words are displayed normally. So after reading phrases with the help of the highlighting, the last two hundred words give you practice picking out phrases on your own. In effect, the first eight hundred highlighted words will give you a bit of a running start at the remaining unformatted text. Practice these exercises and concentrate on reading whole ideas. Reading text in larger chunks this way will transfer greater amounts of information per glance, like a high-speed broadband form of reading. It will also make reading easier and faster because you will be concentrating on the larger, more meaningful concepts. Reading these larger ideas will put more emphasis on what has always been the true bottleneck of reading speed: comprehension. Comprehension must come first. Instead of pushing your speed while simply trying to retain your comprehension, faster reading will come as the natural result of better comprehension.Speed Reading with the Right Brain

Rather than focusing on speed reading, you will be focusing on speed comprehension. In addition to the practice exercises in this book, you can also use the online phrase-reading tool (see online resources section) to practice reading any text in phrases. This book originated from the desire to give a more in-depth explanation of the techniques and theories of phrase-reading. Reading phrases can increase speed and comprehension, but these improvements come easier with a proper understanding of how of this method. Another reason for this book was to supply a more natural reading experience to make phrase-reading practice more comfortable and realistic. Of course, as with any skill, it will take practice to embed it into your subconscious and really make it your own, but as concentrating on ideas becomes a habit, it will soon replace your old habit of reading words and sounds.


David Butler is a best-selling author who has always had a fascination with the success mindset. As far back as 3rd grade he was curious as to how people learned. This led him to wonder why teachers taught the way they did. Why did math involve so much memorization? Why did reading require so much recitation? Why was history so full of names and dates? So little time seemed to be spent really understanding these things though.

Partly from what he perceived as his own poor memory, he looked for deeper, conceptual understandings of new information, as a way to make the information stick better.

As a parent, he found this conceptualization method of learning also helped his children to understand the world better, and made learning more enjoyable. It also gave them an independent mindset and a more aggressive interest in learning than the typical techniques of simply memorizing and regurgitating information passed down by adult experts.

Now that David is retired and his children have grown, he’s had time to put these ideas into words and share them with others. But this has been a two-way street, as the feedback and reviews from readers has helped him understand much better the real power of a success mindset — which seems very much associated with independent thinking; thinking and learning for yourself, not accepting facts unless they truly make sense to you, and chasing your interests by reading all you can.

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