60,000 words is 120 single-spaced pages or 240 double-spaced pages. Full-length books are typical writings of 60,000 words or more. Reading 60,000 words will take about 200 minutes.
Novels, novellas, and other published publications are examples of 60-page manuscripts. A normal single-spaced page has 500 words. So, a 60-page manuscript would be about 75,000 words (500 * 1.5 = 750). For books that are not novel length, like an essay or report, the maximum number of pages is usually between 20 and 24.
Books can only have so many pages because pages are made of paper and paper has a limited life span. If you print too many pages from your computer it will run out of ink or tear; this is called "printing overrun" or "printing short." Even if you print in black and white rather than color, once all the pages are used up there is nothing more to see. When this happens you will need to start again from scratch which means retyping all the text on new sheets of paper.
It is easy to print more pages than you need when using a desktop printer. The default setting for most printers is to print one page per sheet, which means that every time you want to print an extra page you will need to insert a sheet of paper between each set of printed pages. This is fine while it works for what you need to do but it is inefficient use of paper and ink or toner.
20,000 words is 40 single-spaced pages or 80 double-spaced pages. Novels, novellas, and other published books are examples of texts with more than 20,000 words. When utilizing regular margins (1 inch) and 12 pt font, a 20,000 word count will provide around 40 pages single-spaced or 80 pages double-spaced. A few long novels have been written that have over 100,000 words; however, these are usually manuscripts submitted to publishers that are seeking to increase their sales by advertising their titles as having great length and depth.
A word count is also useful for writers who want to know how much content they can include in their books. Some publications limit themselves to a certain number of words, so it's important for writers to understand their word limits before submitting their work.
Books range in size from about 25,000 words to 1 million words or more. Longer works require more time to write and research, while shorter works can be written quickly if the writer has some idea where to go with the story. Many novels fall in between these two extremes - generally between 150,000 and 250,000 words - so they can be written quickly while still providing enough content for readers to feel like they're getting their money's worth.
The term "word count" comes from the days when books were made up of printed sheets of paper with ink on them.
A book that is published in paperback format and has a length of 300–400 pages would typically have between 80,000 and 100,000 words. This would be an average word count for books in this range.
The average book length was about 70,000 words in 1900, when book publishing began in earnest. Since then, it has increased almost every year, with a current estimated average of around 200,000 words.
This does not include e-books, which can be bought and downloaded in minutes. E-book sales have grown exponentially but account for only about 15% of all books sold.
The average price of a book has also risen significantly. In 1960, the cost of printing and binding a book was so high that only 7% of books sold were available in paperback form. These days, that figure is closer to 95%.
Books have become cheaper over time but they still offer a reasonable investment. Paperbacks will usually last longer because they are less expensive to produce and they are thrown away after reading them once.
850 words will take roughly 2.8 minutes to read for the typical reader. High school and college essays, brief blog posts, and news pieces are examples of documents that commonly include 850 words. A page of The New York Times is about 1,500 words long - so it can be assumed that a reader should be able to finish reading it in about 15 minutes.
There are only 24 hours in a day, so if you want to write more than one piece of content, you'll need to divide your time equally between them. For example, if you want to write two articles, you'll need to write four articles each being considered equal in length to the 850-word essay. It's recommended that you plan ahead when writing multiple pieces of content because not all topics are going to be as interesting or as relevant to your audience as others may be. This means that some articles may require more research and development work than others.
In terms of actual writing time, it depends on how much research you do and how much editing is required. If you have a good idea of what you want to write and just need to fill up the space, then you can expect to spend around 20 minutes per article. However, if you need to gather several sources to make your point then it might take you more like 40 minutes.