How many pages does your eBook have to be for Kindle?

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Sorry to start another thread - I've just got lots of questions just now.

I was wondering, before I put my new eBook on my list if I'd be able to make a few $ from Amazon Kindle.

My eBook is only 4000 words. I have a good Kindle WSO and I think I could maybe make a few sales using the tactics in the book. I'm not thinking a huge amount. Maybe just $0.99 or something.

The goal isn't to become rich. I just think it would be a good way to offer it for free on Kindle for 48 hours and it would promote my website quite well, then if it's making good progress on the charts, add a dollar or something and make a bit back for to pay the cost of the Kindle conversion $47.

Then use it as a freebie and hope my new visitors don't kill me.

Would it work or is it too short?

Cheers
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  • Profile picture of the author lotsofsnow
    It probably is a little on the short side. 20 to 30 pages would look much better than 5.

    And why pay $47 for Kindle conversions???
  • Profile picture of the author tpw
    There are no minimum word counts in Kindle, thus your book needs to be at least one page in length, but I wouldn't make it one page if I were you.
  • Profile picture of the author bchez
    Yes, why are you paying for the Kindle Conversion? Its REALLY easy to do. Do you have a bunch of charts?
    • Profile picture of the author fin
      I was going to get it done by someone because they include links to all the paragraphs, etc.

      I can't do it myself, or maybe I could if I learned.

      I don't want to add any more content because it will look like I've just added fluff.

      I'll give it a go then and see what happens.

      BTW, can you add any hyperlinks in Kindle books?

      I was thinking about just taking my Flicker Of Genius logo out the book and giving them a link to a neutral website to opt-in and get updated when I release new Kindle books.
  • Profile picture of the author fin
    Is it possible to use Open Office Libre?

    I don't have word, only Libre or Microsoft Works.

    I think I have an old word somewhere but it's 2002 or something.
  • Profile picture of the author Umer Aslam
    I published a book of 9 pages on Amazon Kindle
    • Profile picture of the author fin
      Originally Posted by Umer Aslam View Post

      I published a book of 9 pages on Amazon Kindle
      Did it do any good? How much did you sell it for?
  • Profile picture of the author danr62
    Open Office works too, I think. There should be a way to save the file as HTML, which MobiPocket will work with.

    I've heard that Open Office doesn't add in some of the weird HTML code that MS Office does, although I haven't tried it for myself yet.
    • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
      Originally Posted by tpw View Post

      There are no minimum word counts in Kindle, thus your book needs to be at least one page in length, but I wouldn't make it one page if I were you.
      Actually, "one page" is the technically correct answer. All Kindle books are exactly one page in length. Technically correct, but not really satisfying...

      Originally Posted by fin View Post

      Is it possible to use Open Office Libre?

      I don't have word, only Libre or Microsoft Works.

      I think I have an old word somewhere but it's 2002 or something.
      Open Office Writer works very well. The hardest part is resisting the urge to use a bunch of fancy formatting. Use the basic heading and font styles, then save the document as an html file. It's then ready for Mobi Pocket Creator.

      Originally Posted by danr62 View Post

      Open Office works too, I think. There should be a way to save the file as HTML, which MobiPocket will work with.

      I've heard that Open Office doesn't add in some of the weird HTML code that MS Office does, although I haven't tried it for myself yet.
      From what I've seen so far, OO puts out very clean code. It doesn't add all that extra stuff for collaboration or for using the file in different programs (Excel, etc.).
  • Profile picture of the author rjweaver10
    This was a great thread to read. Excited about my first eBook, so thanks for sharing
  • Profile picture of the author Tinkerbell
    I use Open Office for my Kindle products. I've made a template and when I've a story written, I just drop the content into the template and save as a .doc file. Then format to .mobi so it's ready for the Kindle.

    About word/page count: mine are 5,000 words. Shouldn't be a problem with 4,000 if it's what readers want.

    Tina
  • Profile picture of the author williamk
    Thanks bchez, that sure is very helpful for me. I was on the lookout for a good kindle converter too.
  • Profile picture of the author UberNoob
    Most of my Kindle books are around 4000 words, you should be fine. And yeh, don't pay that much for converting it, Google search or just ask around and you will be able to get it done in no time.
    • Profile picture of the author iSoftware
      This question comes up almost weekly in our private Kindle Skype Mastermind. If you are concerned about word length, look into Kindle Singles..
  • Profile picture of the author Alohatom
    I would shoot for 8K words personally, at minimum .. at least that's what works for me--and try to make a series out of it. and if you do fiction, well just end each one in the old-fashioned cliff-hanger...
  • Profile picture of the author richfit
    I think that is plenty of words and i have had ones with less words work! Good luck!

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