How Long Should an Ebook be? 5 Things to Consider

It is well known that the length of a print book significantly determines its success. You’ve probably heard about some books being rejected by publishers for either being too long or short. But does length also matter in ebooks? Well, kind of. So, how long should an eBook be?

According to the Amazon estimation formula, a typical ebook should have between 300 and 350 words per page. Of course, this depends on a couple of factors which we will look at in this article. So, let’s get started, shall we?

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Factors That Determine the Length of an Ebook

1. The Genre

This is hands-down the most important factor to consider when determining how long your ebook should be. This is because readers have expectations, and these expectations vary from one genre to another. So, what readers expect in a how-to guide is different from what they expect in a fiction novel. 

That is why it is crucial first to identify what genre you will be writing so as to know how you will provide everything your readers will expect without detaining them unnecessarily.

Let's take a look at the average word count for different genres, shall we?

  • Micro-fictions (up to 100 words)
  • Flash fictions (between 100 to 1000 words)
  • Short stories( between 1000 to 7500 words)
  • Novelette ( between 7500 to 20000 words)
  • Novellas ( between 20000 to 50000 words)
  • Novels( between 50000 to 110000 words)
  • Epics and sequels (over 110000 words)

Apart from these, there are also other categories that require a specific word count range, such as children's ebook categories, how-to guides, among others.

2. The Price

Readers expect short ebooks' prices to be low and longer ebooks' prices to be high because it costs more time and resources to write and edit longer ebooks. But still, readers expect ebooks to cost less than print books regardless of their length.

So, as much as the length of an ebook determines its price, it is still not its main selling point. Your ebook's value and the content will determine whether or not it will be a success in terms of sales. 

If this is your first time writing an ebook, make sure that you have provided everything your potential readers expect to find in your ebook. After all, that is why they will want to read it in the first place, right? And before you know it, you will have a solid fanbase who will be willing to pay more for your ebooks because they know you can deliver. 

But how can you set the price of the ebook in the first place? You may ask. Well, experts recommend cruising through platforms like Amazon that allow people to sell ebooks and see how other established authors price their ebooks. This will help you make a more informed decision on how to price your ebook so that you do not set the price too high or too low.

Let's take a look at other factors that may affect the pricing of your ebook. 

3. The Demand

Truth be told, some genres are in higher demand than others. For instance; Fiction ebooks are likely to sell faster than non-fiction ebooks. 

That is why experts recommend identifying which genre has a bigger audience and begin there. Once you are established and have a loyal fanbase, you can go ahead and branch into other genres. 

4. Competition

There are many other ebook authors, some with stellar reputations, constantly putting out new ebooks. If you are starting as an author, one way to get your work out is by setting a lower price. That way, many people will buy your ebook, therefore seeing what you have to offer. 

Another way to ensure that your ebook is recognized is to be unique. How does your work stand out from other ebooks in the market? 

Regardless of the genre, offering what other authors do not provide will make your ebook sell faster. 

The cost of selling your ebook

Most authors do not put much thought into this factor, but it should play a significant role in determining the price of an ebook. Before deciding on the price of your book, try and identify the following: 

  • Are there any costs required to sell and promote your ebook?
  • Does the platform you are using or want to use require any service charges to sell your ebook?
  • Are there any taxes you have to pay along the way?

These questions will help you know the amount of finances you will spend on selling your ebook, therefore determining its price. 

Conclusion

While length is an important factor to consider, it should not be your focus when writing an ebook. Always focus on providing high-value content that will attract readers. 


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