A curses based terminal RSVP speed reader.

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Note: Poor colour representation in gif, looks way better irl.

What is an RSVP reader?

RSVP stands for Rapid Serial Visual presentiation. Its a controversial method to enable speedreading. I have been using this on my devices, and it has given me great results. I wanted to have an option to do this in the terminal too.

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Ignore the haters, and try it for yourself. Also, I don't like that the best options on a computer are paid softwares.


To install, use either

pip install shirah-reader


pip3 install shirah-reader

To read a book, and set a speed, enter

shirah /path/to/book

Here are the shortcuts:

    shirah             read last epub
    shirah EPUBFILE    read EPUBFILE
    shirah STRINGS     read matched STRINGS from history
    shirah NUMBER      read file from history
                       with associated NUMBER

    -r              print reading history
    -d              dump epub
    -h, --help      print short, long help

How to speed read

Once in a chapter, press r to get into the rsvp mode. Press ^C to change the speed. Press ^C and then enter q to get out of the rsvp mode.

Press tab to see table of contents, and navigate.


Key Binding:
    Help            : ?
    Quit            : q
    Scroll down     : DOWN      j
    Scroll up       : UP        k
    Half screen up  : C-u
    Half screen dn  " C-d
    Page down       : PGDN      RIGHT   SPC
    Page up         : PGUP      LEFT
    Next chapter    : n
    Prev chapter    : p
    Beginning of ch : HOME      g
    End of ch       : END       G
    Open image      : o
    Search          : /
    Next Occurence  : n
    Prev Occurence  : N
    Toggle width    : =
    Set width       : [count]=
    Shrink          : -
    Enlarge         : +
    ToC             : TAB       t
    Metadata        : m
    Mark pos to n   : b[n]
    Jump to pos n   : `[n]
    Switch colorsch : [default=0, dark=1, light=2]c

Main Goals

  • Read txt
  • Read epubs
  • Pause
  • Save progress
  • Progress bar.
  • Chapter-wise Navigation


Named after the marathi name for the sweet dish Kesari Bhat



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Shirah Reader

RSVP speed reader, written in python.

Shirah Reader Info

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🕒 Created a year ago
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😎 Author Hallicopter