Why Books Are Getting Longer

July 27, 2014 in Daily Bulletin

Books Longer

Jeremy Anderberg looked at the most popular books going back to 1904, and the number of pages in each one. He found that books have been getting longer:

  • In 1904 the average bestseller had 219 pages. In 2013, the last full year for which data is available, the average was 468.
  • This might be because with the rise of tablets, people no longer have to lug around heavy books if they want a long read.
  • It may also be a result of the Netflix binge culture where people like to lose themselves in an alternate reality for several hours.
  • And perhaps customers believe that they are getting more value for their money when they buy longer books.

Find out the granular data about the length of books over the years, why there was a dip between 1954 and 1964, the books that have driven up the average, and some short books that you can enjoy in a day over here.

Source: Book Riot

Via: Marginal Revolution