How many words on a ebook page?

by bigballin6161 13 replies
How many words on a standard ebook page? Also what font and style do most people use? Thanks
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  • Profile picture of the author Tina Golden
    Industry standard is 250. That's an average, of course. Mine average 300 words per page using Verdana 12 or 13 pt font and single spaced paragraphs.
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  • Profile picture of the author danaprince
    I agree with Tina. When I write e-books I average about 300 (sometimes less, depending on subheadings) and typically use Verdana, Arial, or Times New Roman in a 10 or 11 font.

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  • Profile picture of the author bigballin6161
    That seems like a lot. Not that I am an expert but remember some books I read with huge writing. Guess they were compensating for lack of content.
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    • Profile picture of the author John Romaine
      Originally Posted by bigballin6161 View Post

      That seems like a lot. Not that I am an expert but remember some books I read with huge writing. Guess they were compensating for lack of content.
      Anyone pushing huge fonts with increased line spacing are just selling fluff, and they know it.

      That annoys me.

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  • Profile picture of the author Jill Carpenter
    Originally Posted by bigballin6161 View Post

    How many words on a standard ebook page?

    Size does not matter in this particular instance. It is what you do with it.

    Don't worry about how many words are on a page. Font choice or size maybe.

    Make it big enough to read and a clear enough font to read.

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  • Profile picture of the author laurencewins
    I tend to write more. I use Arial 12 point usually and may change size for headers or certain points. I can have 500 words on a page as I don't tend to use graphics.

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    • Profile picture of the author Kay King
      I run 275-300 on average...less if graphics are included, of course. I also prefer Verdana as it's easy to read and makes a nice looking page.


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  • Profile picture of the author Jeremy Miner
    A bit of a graphic can be more helpful and making the idea more clearer, 250 word plus a graphic in it is mostly what I usually do the rest without it i go for 300.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jason Kanigan
    11 or 12 point font, your choice on serif or sans but pick one that's easy to read. Most ebooks I see are double spaced, which makes their pages clearer but also reduces the number of words per page...and expands the book. When I write technical articles, they're usually 600 words and about a page and a half. So that comes out to about 400 a page and then factor in the double spacing and you get to 250 or so. Content matters, though! If you have a "Less Is More" approach and the factoids you're providing are really effective, readers won't mind that the page isn't crammed full of words.
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  • Profile picture of the author Samrath Gupta
    In my opinion dont just go for filling your ebook with words. Fill your ebook with real knowledge you have and words will automatically come out.
    Nobody buys an ebook just to count words. People buy ebooks for knowledge and if you are giving them what you want then no matter if it is 500 words or 5000 words.

    Its just my view
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    • Profile picture of the author Azarna
      That is for a standard PDF ebook page, presumably.

      Kindle ebooks and many other formats are variable. There are no specific page sizes as the reader can change the font. Hence no point their having page numbers either. A PDF ebook SHOULD have page numbers (unless it is super short) and a proper table of contents or index. Without these it is just a report, not a book.

      In standard 'real paper book' publishing it is usually advised not to use san serif fonts like Ariel but to stick to serif ones like Times New Roman or Garamond as they are much easier to read. I don't know if it is just because I am from a publishing background or not, but I always see ebooks that are in sans serif fonts as being amateurish.

      And if you are going to add graphics, please make them relevant. To many ebooks are 'padded out' with poor quality clip art. Again it makes them look cheap, even if the content is excellent.

      One more thing, then I promise I will get off my soap-box. Do edit your writing. Get someone else to read through it for you. Read it outloud, that is one of the easiest ways to help spot errors. If there are any bits you are unsure of, ask someone else's opinion.

      I have seen a LOT of ebooks. Some have just been rubbish, but many have had good content. Sadly though, a lot of these have been really let down by not having been proofread or edited.

      Anyway, hope that is of help, sorry to sound like a stern English teacher. *pushes her glasses back up her nose and goes off to eat a apple*
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  • Profile picture of the author Suthan M
    Wow, a lot of folks are doing 200-300 pages worth of ebook.. An I taught I am being a bit of a 'potty mouth' at 100 pages :-p
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  • Profile picture of the author Suze Thomas
    Seems like a lot of words per page! I just looked at an ebook I bought, has 12 pt font and 200 words.
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