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Calculating how many Pages

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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 novellas.

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 additional information often does it only complicates the issue,

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)

Determining the Font to Use.

This chart is stolen from 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


Note 12/5: It seems I ignore my own advice often. I used Palatino Linotype (11) , again due to the internal design template I used.

Maybe a blog on ‘Ignoring your own advice’ would be good!

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