January 24, 2013
"Often… a book of 300 pages would have been a lot better at 120 pages… I just was a judge for the National Book Awards in non-fiction and it was remarkable to me what huge percentage of those books would have been fabulous 120 - 200-page books and were kind of flabby 350-page books. Book length is a somewhat arbitrary size that we’ve gotten used to, and there’s nothing special about it. There’s no reason that a book needs to be 150,000 words except that the business model for what books need to cost to make it work for publishers is that people are willing to pay X dollars for a book of X size and less willing to pay that for a book that’s 120 pages."

Susan Orlean.

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