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Dave Casey

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Word counts for Short Reads
Posted: Mar 3, 2016 4:19 AM
 
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I've looked around in the community and I still haven't found the answer I'm looking for. I know that Amazon is now selling their Short Reads by the amount of time they estimate a person can read them, but I can't figure out the word counts they are looking for. I know page counts can be quite meaningless because what a page looks like on my 10" tablet will look different on a 7" Kindle and on a 5" smart phone.

I would rather just see the word counts so that I know what target I'm shooting for. Right now, my first story is just under 3000 words and I figure it will be 8-9000 words when I'm finished. Where will that fit in Amazon's "timed" reading scenario? If I could get just one number, such as, how many words does Amazon think the average reader will read in thirty minutes, then I would have my answer.

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Re: Word counts for Short Reads
Posted: Mar 3, 2016 2:09 PM   in response to: Dave Casey in response to: Dave Casey
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The average reading rate is about 200-250 words per minute according to the internet. 30 minutes would be 6000 to 7500 words.

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Re: Word counts for Short Reads
Posted: Mar 9, 2016 1:38 AM   in response to: Allen in response to: Allen
 
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Thank you, this helps a lot. I want to strive for 45 minute to one hour mark with my short stories. Something inside me feels that a 15-30 minute read, even for 0.99 cents is a bit too little to offer to my readers. Going for 45-60 minutes seems a little more fair to me for that price. So I'm thinking I need to shoot for 10,000 to 15,000 words to get it done.
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