You can try to publish fewer than 2,500 words of fiction or nonfiction on Kindle, but it's conceivable that it won't be approved. Personally, I believe that nonfiction should be at least 10,000 words long, unless you can do it right in fewer. For short tales, I recommend 5,000 words or more. Longer works tend to be better for the audience.
In any case, your book will be available for purchase for as long as Amazon wants it to be. You can cancel publication at any time before then; however, if you choose not to do so, you'll lose all credit for that book.
The length of time that a book is available for sale varies depending on how many other books are like it on the market. If there are a large number of similar titles, chances are very good that yours will go out of print soon after it hits the market. This isn't necessarily a bad thing though; many readers find great value in having a single book to refer to when they need information on a topic.
If you want to make sure that your book doesn't go out of print too quickly, consider writing a longer work next time. That way you'll have a better chance of keeping it available for as long as possible.
Word Count for Ebooks by Genre As long as the material is strong, a nonfiction ebook should have a minimum word limit of around 10,000 words. (Having good, unambiguous information is preferable to rambling to make a page count.) The average fiction book is between 80,000 and 100,000 words long, or 246 to 307 digital pages. So ebooks are a bit shorter than paper books.
There's no set length for an ebook. If you publish a book with Kindle Direct Publishing, it can be any number of words from 1,000 to more than 100,000. The more words there are, the higher the price per download. Word limits vary by genre, but most trade magazines are about 5000 words long. Newspaper articles tend to be about 8000 words unless they're very short.
Ebook readers use software programs called "readers" to display ebooks. Each reader makes some decisions about how to render text on screen, so different readers may give different results when displaying the same book. For example, one reader might place each sentence on its own line while another might group sentences together in paragraphs.
Because readers make these decisions, it's important that you provide text that will keep your audience interested enough to want to read further. In general, the shorter the better. Though many readers will continue reading longer texts, others might stop after a few hundred words if the content isn't interesting them. You don't want to force them to read something they wouldn't enjoy.
A normal ebook is between 2,000 and 2,500 words long, giving you between 300-350 words per part. Get your main arguments through clearly and succinctly to avoid confusing the reader. Then use sub-arguments to support them. An ebook can be split into multiple parts.
All in all, an average ebook is about 20,000 words long, which comes out at about 250 pages. This isn't a long book! There's no need to write a massive novel instead focus on quality over quantity. Even if you write a very good book it will still only attract readers' attention for so long before they close the file or turn the page.
An ebook can be read on any device with an eReader app, such as iPhone, Android, Kindle, Nook, etc. So whether you're reading it on your laptop, tablet, or phone; everyone can enjoy your work.
The average word count of books published by large companies is much higher than that of small press and self-published works. That's because they have more resources available to them which allow them to produce better quality books. But even small presses and independent authors can expect to see around 10,000 words in their books.
Of course this figure varies depending on what kind of book you write.
The majority of books are between 60,000 and 100,000 words long. A single novel can be lengthier, but if it exceeds 110,000 words, publishers may consider shortening it, unless it is a certain type of book—books exceeding 110K words are typically termed "epics."
Even with modern printing techniques, it is difficult to print more than two or three volumes of a book before the ink dries out. Therefore, most books are only one volume, which means you can read them over and over again.
A book that lasts more than one volume is called an "omnibus". These days, most omnibus novels are actually series of related stories, but they used to be stand-alone works. For example, all the books in Charles Dickens' Oliver Twist sequence were written as one work, but they were later divided up into individual titles for publication.
Nowadays, the average length of a novel is around 70,000 words. However, there are longer and shorter books, with some reaching over 100,000 words and others falling below 40,000 words. The shortest book currently published in the United States is Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J. K. Rowling, at just under 56,000 words.
The longest book ever printed was also written by Rowling: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
If you're writing your first novel, the common rule of thumb is to keep the word count between 80,000 and 100,000. While anything above 40,000 words can be deemed a book, 50,000 is considered the minimum novel length. A short story or novella is usually around 7,500 words.
For those who want to write a series, it's best to start with a shorter book that can be completed in a reasonable time frame. This will allow you to create more stories without waiting too long after finishing one book before starting the next. The books don't have to be released one after another; you can wait a few months between each one if you want to give the plot time to rest before moving on to the next episode.
Books can be any length between 1,000 and 1,600 pages. Longer books tend to be split into several parts - often called chapters - with only one being released at a time. These are called serial releases. Short stories or novels can also be serialized this way. It all depends on how much content you have and how fast you can write them.
You should always plan to publish your work. Even if you believe the book will never be read by anyone other than yourself and your friends, still spend some time thinking about how you'll market it and what type of cover you'd like to see.