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How many words should an ebook have?

  1. Nell Rose profile image93
    Nell Roseposted 6 years ago

    How many words should an ebook have?

    For example if you are writing a non fiction book based on someones life. I know some are quite short, and others the length of a published novel, but what is acceptable? Thanks!

  2. xrocker30 profile image77
    xrocker30posted 6 years ago

    It's really up to the author which in this case is you.   You should make it long enough to where you cover everything important and interesting, but short enough to where you're not adding words just to make it longer.

    It also really depends on the person you write about, and what you feel needs to be covered in order to accurately describe this persons life.

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    KatrineDalMonteposted 6 years ago

    At the moment I'm concentrating on writing non-fiction 'ebooks' for Amazon Kindle Store in self-help niche.

    While the traditional full length ebooks can be usually anything around 30000 - 50000 words, I prefer to publish shorter mini ebooks/guides of max 15000 words - they can be put together faster, priced lower and in essence attract more buyers.

    It really depends on your chosen subject, and the technicalities involved, and the purpose of your book.

  4. Rolly A Chabot profile image85
    Rolly A Chabotposted 6 years ago

    Hi Nell... depends on the subject really. The ones I have written for example in my 7 book "Quiet Reflections" are 20,000 words approximately.
    In the other books which are novels they are between the 50,000-60,000 range.
    Keep in ind you are the Author and it allows you to determine the amount. From experience the shorter stories are priced less and attract more readers but there are also the avid readers seeking longer works.

    Hope this helps... Blessings and Hugs as always from Canada


  5. Insane Mundane profile image61
    Insane Mundaneposted 6 years ago

    Look at it this way, in a cyber-sense:  If you compare a detailed online article equalling a "page" that averages around 750 words (250 words being very small, 500 is usually barely enough, while 750 words are normal and anything over a thousand words is being fairly elaborate), then figure up how many pages (not words) you think your eBook should have within its chapters (if it has any), and you'll have a better idea.  Let's say you are going for a 50 page eBook with pages that equal a common article of, lets say, 750 words.  Well, right there, you'd have a roughly estimated 37,500 word eBook.  It makes sense, right?
    Personally, I just say write the dang thing and if you can't get at least 10,000 words, go file it under the 'short story' department and may success still come your way; cheers!

  6. Pollyannalana profile image85
    Pollyannalanaposted 6 years ago

    I have one ready to go with 80,000 but from what I am reading people buying Ebooks now are wanting shorter reads so I think I am going to cut it back but hopefully not take away any of the interest. I would think a romance novel though (which mine is)  people would expect to have a bit more than non-fiction. Women haven't changed that much that love a good read.

  7. Hubpage Gal profile image59
    Hubpage Galposted 6 years ago

    I have self published two books on LuLu.com and the requirements is that there got to be between 24 and 36 typewritten pages to qualify for publication.  I suggest that you try that site if you are interested in writing an ebook.

  8. sashas89 profile image66
    sashas89posted 6 years ago

    Depends on the market.

    If it is a 'report', you need not write any more than 35 pages.

    Proper eBooks, though, should be at least 100 pages. You owe that to your readers.

    Perhaps the best answer to this question is: as long as you need to get your story across.

  9. wonderingwoolley profile image57
    wonderingwoolleyposted 6 years ago

    I think an e-book should be held to the same standard of a regular book. This means that they are all different lengths, but in general I think most books are at least 100 pages long. If you are writing a novel, it should be novel length, which I define as about 250- 1,000 pages. I would go by the average number of pages of a book in the same genre as the one you are writing. Good luck!

  10. ryan-cd profile image68
    ryan-cdposted 13 months ago

    Your asking the wrong question.

    Its not about how many words, its about what your using the words for, I have read books that are literally 20 pages and learn't allot more than books that are 200 pages.

    Think about the words, the content, the conciseness, these are all the most important factors, not sticking to some arbitrary word limit from someone on HubPages.

  11. Debangee Mandal profile image57
    Debangee Mandalposted 11 months ago

    I suggest e-books should be short and sweet. They shouldn't exceed a word limit of 30,000. This is because reading books on internet strains and tires your eyes.It is deteriorating effects on the delicate eyes. This I have personally felt while reading e-books. So if the book is short then the reader won't feel exhausted while reading but can finish off reading the book enjoyably.