8 Replies Latest reply on Jun 2, 2011 2:25 PM by MsAddictted

    As Any One Noticed???

      I recently bought a nook and I was just trying it out so I bought a book for like 1.99 and it was like 120 pgs long :0 I thought no way could this be true so I went to the free books page and yes they have books that are like 16-30 pgs...what is up with that?

        • Re: As Any One Noticed???
          Haleakala_LKB

          Some books are shorter than others... There are also a lot of short storeis out there. 

           

          LisaB

          • Re: As Any One Noticed???
            bklvr896

            MsAddictted wrote:

            I recently bought a nook and I was just trying it out so I bought a book for like 1.99 and it was like 120 pgs long :0 I thought no way could this be true so I went to the free books page and yes they have books that are like 16-30 pgs...what is up with that?


            They're short stories.

            • Re: As Any One Noticed???
              Doug_Pardee

              A few comments to add to the above...

               

              You're basically seeing self-published works, either from Smashwords or from PubIt!. The free ones are from Smashwords, since PubIt! has a minimum price of 99 cents. If you only look at cheap and free stuff, you'll find a lot of short stories and novellas in there — that's why they're cheap or free.

               

              Which isn't to say that you can't find full-length novels cheap or for free, just that if almost all of the short stuff is cheap or free. If you paid $9.99 for an e-book and it was only 30 pages, then there's reason for concern.

               

              You can spot the self-published works fairly easily on their B&N pages. First, in the Product Details they'll have a BNID instead of an ISBN-13 number. BNID numbers generally start with 294 (297 for free samples), while ISBN-13 numbers start with 978 (and in the future, 979). Also in the Product Details, Smashwords titles will say "Sold By: SMASHWORDS - EBKS". PubIt! books will have a PubIt! logo in the main description area (to the left of the "Buy Now" button).

               

              For Smashwords titles, you can go to the Smashwords site and get the word-count for the e-book. A word count of, oh, 12,000 or lower is usually considered a short story. From there up to maybe 50,000 words is usually considered a novella. Harlequin romance-sized novels tend to be 50-60,000 words, Young Adult novels maybe 60-90,000 words, full-length adult novels 90-120,000 words, and above that are long novels.

               

              Another thing to watch out for is "teaser" previews from the big publishers. These are samples that give you the first few chapters of a book, hoping you'll get "hooked" and buy the whole book. These are almost always free, and almost always are labelled as previews, perhaps with a banner slash across the cover, perhaps with something like "Preview" or "Sneak Peek" in the title.

               

              Finally, e-books don't have actual pages. The page numbers your see are artifically generated by the Adobe software in your reader, and each page tends to have maybe 1-1/2 times as much writing as a normal book page.

               

              • Re: As Any One Noticed???
                beeyebickiebuy

                MsAddictted wrote:

                I recently bought a nook and I was just trying it out so I bought a book for like 1.99 and it was like 120 pgs long :0 I thought no way could this be true so I went to the free books page and yes they have books that are like 16-30 pgs...what is up with that?


                What I noticed is that the "H" is missing from the title of this thread and that the word "like" is misused three time in this post.