I’ve got some questions about ebooks:
- How long should an ebook be?
- How many words should an ebook have?
- How many chapters?
- What is the price range for short ebooks?
Thanks for your help
This is one of what I call a how long is a piece of string questions. Here’s why:
- One of the great things about an ebook is it can be just as long as it needs to be. Trade publishers tend to only want books that will end up with 200 printed pages or more, regardless. Even when you’re self-publishing, perfect binding requires at least 24 pages for perfect binding (a squared off binding rather than a stitched binding, and at least 6o pages if you’re going to get the title of the book on the binding. Ebooks, on the other hand, can be any length at all, although I’d probably call one that was really short an ereport, but that’s nitpicking.
- As far as how many words and how many chapters, see above. It really depends on the material.
- You’ll probably hate me, but there’s no set price for an short ebook or ereport either. According to The Most Expensive Journal a 3 volume book called “Energy Technologies” $6,232 in the Kindle ebook form. Now that’s a long book. Beating Feast or Famine was offering what he claimed was the world’s shortest ebook for free. It was single page and apparently is no longer available. I couldn’t find a price for a truly short ebook because I don’t know how to search for them. My cheapest is $5.95 – it’s the Freelance Writer’s Glossary and is only 15 pages long.
It boils down to the fact that there is no magic formula – not for ebooks or any other writing, and not many other things in life. The ebooks that do well are those that offer people some real value and are marketed will. That’s the ebook you want to write.
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