Kindle Pages Half the Size of Word Pages?

by Freedom Media 7 replies
This is the question I was digging around to answer...It seems Kindle pages are about 1/2 the word count of regular Word pages?
For example, I have a Word doc that is 64 pgs. and 8,510 words.
Does that mean in Kindle it would be somewhere around 128 pgs?
Or, am I way off here?
It certainly looks like the pages are about half the word count whenever I read a Kindle book of what would be in a Word doc. pg.
Thanks in advance!
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  • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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    The word-count of "Word" document pages varies hugely, according to the size, layout, margins and so on.

    The word-count of Kindle ebooks seems to me to average out at around 285 words per full page (that's an average allowing for some short lines, paragraph-breaks and so on).
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  • Profile picture of the author GuruGazette
    The thing is, Kindle pages vary too. When I read in my Android app it's different than when I read in my windows 8 app. Those differ from my Kindle 2 screen as well. There's a cloud app, ipad app, etc. And of course, different sized Kindle devices. All Kindle, but all with differences.

    Aside from different apps and devices, readers control font size. On some screens, the largest Kindle font might only display 20 words.
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    • Profile picture of the author TinkBD
      The current rule of thumb for fiction is 250 words = 1 page

      I make it a point to put the page count in the product description as well as saying what the book is... novella or short novel, for example

      I don't put the word count in the product description because it means nothing for the majority of readers.
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      • Profile picture of the author Sandra Martinez
        Originally Posted by TinkBD View Post

        The current rule of thumb for fiction is 250 words = 1 page
        they follow book size format, maybe?
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        • Profile picture of the author TinkBD
          It is just the commonly used figure for fiction books...

          Then, if there is large a variation with Amazon's estimated page count, you can go in and adjust accordingly.

          As I understand it, Amazon's page count is some sort of average based on page turns by readers... so if you text is too small, and readers have to enlarge it, there may be large discrepancies. Frankly, if I saw a large difference, I'd be checking on my uploaded file ;-)
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    • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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      Originally Posted by GuruGazette View Post

      The thing is, Kindle pages vary too. When I read in my Android app it's different than when I read in my windows 8 app. Those differ from my Kindle 2 screen as well. There's a cloud app, ipad app, etc. And of course, different sized Kindle devices. All Kindle, but all with differences.

      Aside from different apps and devices, readers control font size. On some screens, the largest Kindle font might only display 20 words.
      Oooh, I see ... yes, all good points, here. I was perhaps thinking only of my own computer monitor and not realising that there was such variance. Sorry, I probably shouldn't have offered a figure here at all.

      (Mine isn't even a "real Kindle": it's a "Kindle Reader" on a PC).
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  • Profile picture of the author GuruGazette
    Oops. I'm sorry everyone, I may have veered off topic. I didnt realize the original question might be about the estimated page count that Amazon puts in the book sales page. That, in my experience, is directly related to your source file formatting. When I used an 8x10 Word template, Amazon page count estimate was exact or close to the page numbers Word said I had. Changing the exact same book to a 6x9 format changed the number of pages in Word and Amazon estimates changed to match.
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