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Initial post: 10 Jul 2013 22:40:09 BDT
TTnell says:
How many others are fed up with clicking on a book in the best seller lists to find that that they are only 20 or 25 pages long - sometimes even less?

Posted on 10 Jul 2013 23:04:42 BDT
HTF says:
Some people like reading short stories. I personally wish there was an easy way to filter them out if you don't want to find them.

Posted on 11 Jul 2013 00:11:29 BDT
Don't read the Little Prince then.

Posted on 11 Jul 2013 00:44:08 BDT
If you check the book's statistics, not far down the page, it normally tells you the number of pages. Sometimes you only get the size of the downloadable version, but even that should give you a clue.

Personally, I think there's a place for everything from "The Snow Goose" and "Treasure Island" to "War and Peace" or "In Search of Times Past" - but if it's quantity you're really looking for, I'd take a look at those stats before buying.

Posted on 11 Jul 2013 02:31:55 BDT
Marion Stein says:
Bestsellers? I know this is an issue, but are there really that many showing up on "bestseller lists"? Also are these under one pound SP cheapies or books for which you paid a full price? In addition to now giving you an approximate page count, you can also judge length based on the "look inside" sample. If the sample is very, very short, then the book will be as well.

I agree that the number of mini-books creates clutter, but 100 pages seems pretty arbitrary. There are many classic novellas that have fewer than 100 pages -- a Christmas Carol and The Metamorphosis come to mind. Often, because of printing costs these were published along with other stories. E-books eliminates the need to do that and novellas can be sold for less than full length novels.

I would also like to see super-short works put up on Kindle limited to some kind of "shorts" or "stand alone" section and not come up in regular searches with novels, but I'd consider it by word count at under 20k with 20k being a good guideline as a minimum novella length. But consumers need to pay attention before they click "buy" as well.

Posted on 11 Jul 2013 08:23:17 BDT
jasper 2 says:
Have to agree about 100 pages or less, plus also more and more authors are breaking their novels down to several short books thereby earning probably more money than the original cost of one book. I refuse to purchase these books now, done it once when the first book cost 70 pence but the next four books cost steadily more than the last one!!!! Lastly what is really annoying is when an apparently new book comes up for purchase with a release date of let's say may 2013 and a nice cover design, (and I have done this) purchased it only to realise as I,m reading it that it's a book I read 20 years ago and had largely forgotten.

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Jul 2013 10:36:50 BDT
Jasper, your complaint is very likely the fault of the reader not the writer. I have a 544 page ebook priced at £4 - Nobody will buy it. It seems Kindle owners want everything for 77p. For 77p you can have the first three chapters.

Posted on 11 Jul 2013 10:48:12 BDT
Ethereal says:
I think many authors are wanting to put out short stories as soon as they're written instead of waiting until they have a collection. And I believe Az has a minimum price without distinguishing between shorts and full-length books. Many authors do now state how many words or pages the story is and Ishouldbewriting's tip to check the sample for an idea of length is good (isn't it 10 percent?).

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Jul 2013 11:20:02 BDT
jasper 2 says:
Michael: thankyou for your comments, my comments were not about the cost, of course I look for 77p books who does,nt, but I actually have very few books at that price, and my prefered genre is along the lines of Tom Clancy techno thrillers so very rarely cheap, if you would be so kind please reread my post as my main gripe is about release dates, even the Clancy,s of this world are redesigning there books to confuse and not telling you the original release date!!

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Jul 2013 11:24:41 BDT
I read the entirety of your post, and understand it. I can only suggest it is to do with marketing and generations. (20 years qualifies as a generation). If it's 20 years old it's *new* to the target market.

Posted on 11 Jul 2013 12:06:47 BDT
I Readalot says:
Pretty much Michael. Also the book may have been out of print for a while and is given a new lease of life, covers of course need to be updated. The pub date will only refer to this edition which will have a new ISBN. Also it is easy enough to check if a book is new, the older editions usually show up when you click on the title and then if a best selling author brings out a new book it will invariably be in hb first.

I have also noticed that when a book is reissued, 'reissued' is usually added to the product description line.

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Jul 2013 15:00:03 BDT
jasper 2 says:
Hi Michael, fair enough, but I still wish Kindle or Amazon or whoever runs it would tell us the buying public the original publishing date, and how many pages, it cant be that difficult, or are they going down the ryan air/easyjet route of making the website more and more un helpfull to catch us out ?

Posted on 11 Jul 2013 16:19:23 BDT
I've never bought books according to their length. So while I'd agree that a book of <100 pages seems a little on the light side, I can't see myself getting particularly exercised about them showing up in search results. If you were BUYING books only to find they were just 25 pages or whatever, I can see why you'd be annoyed, but Amazon does let you know how long a book is from the product page - you're only 'wasting' a mouse click and a couple of seconds of browsing time...

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Jul 2013 16:53:16 BDT
I Readalot says:
I don't know the specific book you are referring to but if you look at the product description the word 'reissue' (sometimes 'new edition') should be included on the product line. Okay it isn't the publication date of the first edition but it should be enough to inform that it is not a new book. Also when authors like Tom Clancy bring out a new book they are always published in hb/kindle first so if it is a mass market pb/kindle chances are it is not new. Even if you are buying the kindle edition it is worth checking the product details for the other versions. The same sort of situation arises if you buy from a bookshop, then it is simply a matter of checking the copyright page where it states when the book was first published.
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