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Too Many Novellas on Kindle

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Initial post: Mar 12, 2013 10:40:28 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 12, 2013 3:53:59 PM PDT
Breanna says:
I am so tired getting stuck with novellas when they are listed as full novels. What a rip off.

I need to edit this post to make my thoughts more clear, so I will explain again. When I go to Amazon kindle books, many books appear across the screen, so I click on one to get the info and find it is a novella. Then, I have to exit that screen, and try to find where I was to begin with. If the novellas and novels were listed on the ads as such, this would eliminate the problem. I have all the respect in the world for the authors of novellas, but they are not what I search for to read. The reason I posted this was because I have heard others say the same thing.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 12, 2013 10:41:25 AM PDT
**Meya** says:
They are usually marked as such. Have you purchased some that weren't correctly labeled?

Posted on Mar 12, 2013 10:43:27 AM PDT
File size is the first item listed under Product details. If you don't bother to check it before you buy, it's not Amazon's fault.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 12, 2013 10:44:36 AM PDT
Erich says:
If it costs $0.99, is written by someone no one has ever heard of, and the file size is less than 100kb, it's a novella.

Get samples. They are free and typically account for about 10% of the book. If the sample is a page long, the entire book is going to be short.

Posted on Mar 12, 2013 10:50:14 AM PDT
CBRetriever says:
and there's usually an approximate page number listing - if it's under 150 pages, odds are good that it's a novella

Posted on Mar 12, 2013 10:55:04 AM PDT
if the page numbers aren't listed - try other websites to check like smashwords - because they have actual word counts typically - 100 pgs is normally between 30-35k words

Posted on Mar 12, 2013 10:57:02 AM PDT
If it's any consolation, it annoys me, too. I wish people would own up to a novella. Then again, at the other end of the spectrum, I wish they'd stop calling novellas 'short' stories, too.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 12, 2013 10:57:41 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 12, 2013 10:58:46 AM PDT
I hate novellas. This is why I only buy books that list an approximate page count. This is also why I primarily buy books published by traditional publishers.

ETA: file size actually has little to do with book length. Some short stories have confusingly large file sizes because the cover uploaded is a large file.

Posted on Mar 12, 2013 11:02:38 AM PDT
Debi says:
File sizes can be decieving, one picture can change it drastically. I only buy books that tell me how many pages it is.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 12, 2013 11:05:44 AM PDT
Denis Powell says:
There are, as far as I'm aware, no firm rules concerning how many words a book has to have to be considered a Novel. At least one publisher considers anything over 50,000 words to be a Novel although I think that's setting the target a little too low.

I would consider anything over 70,000 words to be a novel but it makes very little difference to me anyway.

I love a good story. I've read short stories that will live with me for ever and 250,000 word novels that would have been better not written. I'd much prefer to spend, say, $5 on a really good short story or novella than $5 on a mediocre 150,000 word novel. It's simply about quality rather than quantity for me and I see no guarantee of that at any word count level.

Posted on Mar 12, 2013 11:24:16 AM PDT
Breanna says:
I agree with all the posts on this subject, and I do check the word count, pages, etc., but I just wish they would list them as novellas or short stories so that I don't have to check every time I see something that interests me. You spot an author who looks as though they have written a variety of books, only to discover that they are all short novellas.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 12, 2013 11:25:21 AM PDT
**Meya** says:
If you can't give us any examples, it is really tough to give a helpful reply, other than what has already been posted.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 12, 2013 12:02:31 PM PDT
Breanna says:
Check out Cia Leah's work for one. "Lonesome Cowboy" is 17 pages long; "Cowboy's Heart, 20 pages; "Cole's Mail Order Bride", 35 pages and on and on. She is not the only one who does this, and yet it looks as though they have a lot of published work.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 12, 2013 12:08:44 PM PDT
While I understand your frustration, the ones that you have identified are not masquerading as novels. They all indicate their page length, and at least one of the descriptions specified that it was a short story (not even a novella).

It sounds like you need to be more careful before you press the one-click button.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 12, 2013 12:12:10 PM PDT
I looked at the product page for LONESOME COWBOY When it comes up on my screen "Length: 17 pages (estimated)" is right in the center of the page at eye level. It's one of the first things I see even before I scroll down to the book description. I don't need it to scream novella at me to tell that it's a pretty short book.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 12, 2013 12:15:12 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 12, 2013 12:15:24 PM PDT
Your original post is complaining about books being short/novellas and NOT being labelled as such. What you've given is a clear example of an author writing short stories and very clearly labeling them as short stories. There is nothing wrong with the examples you've given, unless you're just here to complain that authors write short stories, label them as short stories, and then put them up for sale.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 12, 2013 12:18:28 PM PDT
I can't understand why anyone would pay any amount of money for a single short story, but, then again, I can't understand why professional basketball exists. So . . .

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 12, 2013 12:23:59 PM PDT
I'm not a fan of short stories, but I know many people are, so I figure it's live and let live. I have a friend who is an absolutely brilliant author and I've read some of her short stories. I would buy them in a heartbeat (and not only because she's my friend) but she refuses to publish them.

Professional basketball on the other hand...yeah why does that exist? ;)

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 12, 2013 12:28:09 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 12, 2013 12:31:04 PM PDT
Erich says:
I'm okay with the existence of professional basketball... what I can't understand is why there is a market for milk. No really, who thought up that idea?

I can just see the guy (or gal) who first thought up the idea trying to convince someone else to try it...

Yeah Bob, no kidding... just stick your head under the cow there and squeeze that dangly-bit in to your mouth. Trust me, it's great. Go ahead Bob, it's safe... ish. I mean, don't let the bull see you doing it, but you should be fine. Squeeze hard.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 12, 2013 12:31:40 PM PDT
Breanna says:
No, they are not hidden, but you do have to look them up. Thank you, I do Know how to do the one-click button.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 12, 2013 12:32:53 PM PDT
You don't have to "look them up" when they're at the top of the product page.

And why are you complaining about having to look at information? Do you just randomly buy books without reading what they're about? I mean, you go to the product page, you read the book synopsis, and you buy the book, right? What's so hard about looking at the top of the page and seeing how long the book is?

Posted on Mar 12, 2013 12:50:27 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 12, 2013 12:52:18 PM PDT
T. Cook says:
"Too Many Novellas on Kindle"

There are fewer Novellas on Kindle as compared to Novellas on Amazon (hardcover, paperback, large print).
As with everything book related, if you are buying a book to read, you should be reading the readily available informaiton about the book to be able to inform your purchase.
If you cannot find the information you are looking for in one place (not applicable in the example case posted above), look elsewhere, if you refuse to do the research, you are logically not allowed to complain.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 12, 2013 12:51:45 PM PDT
Just Peachy says:
But it is right there on the product page in about the same location for every book. I always look to see the length of a book before I buy it.

Posted on Mar 12, 2013 1:01:29 PM PDT
Just Peachy says:
It's like looking at the size of a shirt before you buy it. Do you just grab a shirt off the rack or do you check to see if it's the right size?

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 12, 2013 1:03:13 PM PDT
Debi says:
It's just the price you pay with so many books to choose from. The first thing I look for is genre, then author, then book size. I will buy a "proven by me" author short story, but bypass any that I've not read before. I'd rather do the search than waste my money.
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