Monday, May 30, 2011

How Long Should an eBook Be?

The most valuable of all talents is that of never using two words when one will do.
  ~Thomas Jefferson

With my class contemplating writing an eBook there has been a few questions that have come up such as, what should our eBook be about? How do we publish it (and here)? Where could we publish ours? So we decided to divide and conquer to find the answer to our questions and write a good eBook. I decided to look at what a good length is for an eBook.

There is a certain pride when you read bring home a thick print book from Barnes & Noble or Borders, take it home, finish it, then put it on the shelf like a trophy for all to see that you can read thick books. That same draw isn't there with an eBook. There is no display shelf for the size of your eBooks. They may have different file sizes but that can be due more to multimedia content than to actual text.

So I began my search at and trying to find out how long their eBooks generally are. Then I started to look at different publishing forums and blogs to see what was being said about eBook length. There were some recommending 10 pages, others who were recommending 35-50 but the general consensus was that they should be relatively short, and that the actual page number sare mostly irrelevant.  With an eBook content is king. I don't think that we should have a page goal for our eBook, but rather with all of our topics guidelines on what we should address and write concisely about them. Our value is going to come from content not from length.

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