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Irishelf
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Re: Amazon to remove all stories under 2,500 words from store

I got ripped off at least once thinking I purchased a book that was actually a very short story (from B&N, not Amazon). At the time of purchase, it did NOT say it was a short story-it said it was a book. And the section where the number of pages is normally listed was a blank space. If I had paid only .99, I probably wouldn't have been as upset as I was. But I paid $2.99, which is an amount I have paid in the past for a book, not a short story!
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Strayer
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Re: Amazon to remove all stories under 2,500 words from store

That stinks. I'd write my complaint in the review section.

This applies to text only books. I have a very short kid book and I didn't do a word count. The story ended when it ended. My excuse is I have pictures.

The writer should always state clearly in the description that it is a short story.

A bunch of short stories is better in one book.

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keriflur
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Re: Amazon to remove all stories under 2,500 words from store

It seems like the solution to this problem is to include word count in the book information. Amazon knows this information, they could share it with consumers.

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5ivedom
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Re: Amazon to remove all stories under 2,500 words from store

It's not an easy problem to solve (word count). Amazon has started adding 'Estimated Word Count' but it doesn't work.

 

Some of the blame also lies with some authors and Publishers who will write a short Prequel Story or Novella and then charge an unreasonable amount (like $3 or $5) for it.

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TnTexas
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Re: Amazon to remove all stories under 2,500 words from store

5ivedom: It's not an easy problem to solve (word count). Amazon has started adding 'Estimated Word Count' but it doesn't work.

 

 

I'm not sure I understand what you mean. Microsoft Word tells you the number of words in the document. I recently started working for a content writing site who's online writing area counts words for you. If they can do it, it seems that it shouldn't be much trouble at all for Amazon to find out how many words are in the books.

 

 

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keriflur
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Re: Amazon to remove all stories under 2,500 words from store

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TnTexas wrote:

5ivedom: It's not an easy problem to solve (word count). Amazon has started adding 'Estimated Word Count' but it doesn't work.

 

 

I'm not sure I understand what you mean. Microsoft Word tells you the number of words in the document. I recently started working for a content writing site who's online writing area counts words for you. If they can do it, it seems that it shouldn't be much trouble at all for Amazon to find out how many words are in the books.

 

 


Amazon is already counting words. They just aren't sharing that word count with consumers.

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Re: Amazon to remove all stories under 2,500 words from store

OK, I'm obviously missing something here.

 

If Amazon has some way to calculate word count based on the ebooks authors upload to sell, then I don't know of it. Also, I don't know why they wouldn't always share it.

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Re: Amazon to remove all stories under 2,500 words from store


5ivedom wrote:

OK, I'm obviously missing something here.

 

If Amazon has some way to calculate word count based on the ebooks authors upload to sell, then I don't know of it. Also, I don't know why they wouldn't always share it.


How could you NOT know how to calculate word count?  That's a pretty simple algorithm, slightly more complex if you don't want to count the proforma fluff (title page, dedication, author's note, table of contents, etc.).  Heck, we did word count programs and algorithms in college 25 years ago -- and estimated word counts in typing classes 30 years ago.

 

Even easier for all concerned -- just post the file size and you get a feel for how large the "book" is or isn't.

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keriflur
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Re: Amazon to remove all stories under 2,500 words from store


Omnigeek wrote:

5ivedom wrote:

OK, I'm obviously missing something here.

 

If Amazon has some way to calculate word count based on the ebooks authors upload to sell, then I don't know of it. Also, I don't know why they wouldn't always share it.


How could you NOT know how to calculate word count?  That's a pretty simple algorithm, slightly more complex if you don't want to count the proforma fluff (title page, dedication, author's note, table of contents, etc.).  Heck, we did word count programs and algorithms in college 25 years ago -- and estimated word counts in typing classes 30 years ago.

 

Even easier for all concerned -- just post the file size and you get a feel for how large the "book" is or isn't.


File size can vary pretty radically for the same word count, depending on how much formatting is embedded or how many images are included (or how large the image files are).