EBooks for Beginners – How Many Pages?

eBooks: each day of writing brings more questions!  As stated earlier, I’m going to share my eBook journey to help you become a successful eBook author.  Many agree that eBooks are a great way to make a little extra money on the side.  For the frustrated author, self-publishing is an entry into the industry.  Further, writing is an ideal home business – and that is the primary goal of Homepreneurs.

As a new writer, you have several questions about eBooks.   One common question is about the number of pages:

How many pages for an average eBook?

Truthfully, there is no standard answer for that question.  Much depends on the topic and level of detail included.  An analysis of War and Peace is long compared to a summary of your pet goldfish’s day.  However, there are some general guidelines that can help determine the ideal length.

The overriding rule for any eBook is simple: The total number of pages should be exactly as many as it takes to make your point; no more, no less. Just write the book and let the content dictate how many pages are needed. This automatically makes your eBook better than setting an arbitrary number of pages and forcing your words to fit.

Is cost a factor?  To an extent: Yes.  Price is not – and should not – be the most important consideration.  Generally, more expensive books have more pages, but topic, author reputation, expertise, and demand will create exceptions.  Research on similar books about your topic (and their length) will help you decide on how much to charge.

Also to consider is that readers can change the font size and type of your eBook on their eReaders: Kindle, Nook, iPad, etc.  These changes will increase or decrease the number of pages for the end-user.

As you can see, there is no simple or direct answer to the question of pages for an eBook. Here are some examples of rough numbers that users might expect from your work:

–        A short report that covers one idea may only be 4 or 5 pages. These are often given out as free or low-cost reports (though they are still in the eBook format). The short report doesn’t have much detail, but has something to offer the reader.  Ditto for a fictional work.

–        A good overview of a topic would be around 25 pages in length. More details related to the subject in this eBook, but you probably only stick to the main topic.  A fictional novelette fits into this category or a small collection of short stories.

–        An in-depth look at one topic, covering multiple angles could be anywhere from 25 pages to 300 pages. These kinds of eBooks are meant to be extensive on a particular subject. A reader buying this book would expect to learn as much as practically possible on the subject.   Novels and biographies are examples of books that will be much longer.

It should be noted that we are only covering the number of pages of text or content. If you have a cover page, title page, table of contents, glossary, and images, then your page count will go up. But don’t use them as a way to increase your page count. Only include these pages if they add value to your eBook.

Of course, the number of pages for your eBook is only one part of having a hot seller. A good cover is vital to the marketing effort and will help you to get more sales.  Images available for free download and other suggestions for cover art will be discussed in a future blog.  Stay tuned!

By Dion D. Shaw

Dion D. Shaw is the founder and owner of Homepreneurs

Homepreneurs.  New Day.  New Opportunity.

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2 Responses to EBooks for Beginners – How Many Pages?

  1. AH says:

    Thanks for this

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