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Learn to type faster with the masters of literature

The Red Queen teaches typing.

The Pink Queen teaches typing.
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A brand new mission by a Canadian techie named Adam Doquiatan goals to teach you to type by asking you to repeat nice literature. The positioning, referred to as, helps you to choose from a library of public area classics—Alice in Wonderland, 1984, and lots of extra—after which reveals you the textual content of every chapter. To finish the train you simply must kind over the textual content, rewriting the traditional at your personal (hopefully bettering) tempo.

The method is straightforward, in principle, however arduous in observe. As a result of Doquiatan is utilizing texts from the Gutenberg Challenge and different open-source repositories, there may be a couple of bizarre formatting points that make it arduous to keep up movement. That stated, even hipsters are catching the craze by retyping classics in smoky diners in an effort to recapture some misplaced cool.

“The founders are simply me—a Canadian net developer who’s comparatively new to the scene,” stated Doquiatan. “I began as a facet mission after graduating from the British Columbia Institute of Expertise again in April. A few years prior I had taught myself the right way to contact kind by transcribing novels I had laying round (which, because it turned out, was actually extra enjoyable than typing workout routines). I figured others would possibly discover this kind of factor helpful so I turned the concept into a web site.”

The positioning noticed about 600 customers per day earlier than public curiosity drove it to 19,000 per day. He expects the numbers to fall, presumably as everybody will get nice at retyping Dumas.

“It’ll most likely settle someplace within the center, however your guess is nearly as good as mine the place it finally ends up,” stated Doquiatan.

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John Biggs