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How Many Pages

It may seem a silly consideration but the size of the book can be an important issue for purchasers. Also as mentioned earlier if you are using a Print on Demand service the more pages in the book the more costly it is to produce.

For me when selecting a book on Kindle I am always happiest if it is in the 300 – 400 page range, I would probably miss on a page count below say 250. I guess this attitude has been engendered by being caught in purchasing 80 page novella’s.

Giving greater thought to internal design many designers quote on a page rate so I needed additional information.

This info is cut from:

And as you would expect this only complicates the issue, as additional information often does.


Clearly the font and point type effects the number of pages.


6″ x 9″ – 10 point type (approx. 310 words per page)

6″ x 9″ – 11 point type (approx. 230 words per page)

6″ x 9″ – 12 point type (approx. 190 words per page)

5-1/8″ x 8″ – 10 point type (approx. 215 words per page)

5-1/8″ x 8″ – 11 point type (approx. 170 words per page)

5-1/8″ x 8″ – 12 point type (approx. 135 words per page)


6″ x 9″ (approx. 315 words per page)

5-1/8″ x 8″ (approx. 230 words per page)


6″ x 9″ (approx. 440 words per page)

5 -1/8″ x 8″ (approx. 305 words per page)


6″ x 9″ (approx. 265 words per page)

5-1/8″ x 8″ (approx. 220 words per page)


6″ x 9″ (approx. 235 words per page)

5-1/8″ x 8″ (approx. 160 words per page)


So now I need to determine which font I need to use.


This chart is stolen form a post by Walton in a Create Space discussion.




Self-Pub Linotype The Bookdesigner


Ezinearticles Fontshop


Minion Times New Roman Stemple Garamond Garamond Palatino ITC New Baskerville
ITC New Baskerville Garamond Times Ten Janson Book Antiqua FF Scala
FF Scala Bookman Old Style ITC Weidemann Bembo Georgia Minion Pro
FF Scala Sans Book Antiqua Sabon Next Caslon Adobe Garamond Electra
Adobe Garamond Palatino Electra Bookman Adobe Garamond
Trade Gothic LinoLetter Century Schoolbook Dante
Electra Fairfield Bembo Book
Fournier Linotype Camptil
Dante Linotype Finnegan
Din Trajanus


Find your word count
In Scrivener either click the highest menu in the tree, the full word count is recorded on the bottom information bar, or click Project in the main menu and Project Statistics in the scroll down.

If you are working hard and using Word rather than Scrivener then, click anywhere in your document and your word count will show in the status bar at the bottom left, or select Review in the menu ribbon and Word Count in the drop down.