Robert J. Sawyer, one of my favorite Canadian science-fiction authors, publishes some interesting tips on his website from time to time.  One piece of information that I have found eminently useful, is this article, about how long one should allow for public readings of selections of various lengths.  The article, entitled “Public Readings,” – a useful look at how to gauge read speed — gives some numbers (based on the author’s own experience reading snippets of his book at bookstores and various events.

Numerous times I’ve found this extremely helpful as I’ve need to be aware of how long some script, audio-book, podcast, sermon or other spoken-word material will take, either for upload to websound format, for video, or some other multimedia or public-performance purpose.  I’d take a look!