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I visited the Writer’s Cafe, which is the KDP forum for writers the other day. I noticed the comment of one writer because of his book covers (featured below his name). They were all the same, except for the tag line. In other words, they were all entitled Mary and the Magic Mop (that’s a fake title as you’ve already figured out), but then under this huge title was Book 1: the beginning, Book 2: the conflict, etc.

I HATE when authors do that, but that’s not the issue here.

Each book was 68-79 pages long. Y’all, I do not consider that a book. It’s a short story. Maybe, maybe, maybe a novella. The standard book length (which is difficult to measure with ebooks) is 250 words per page, so that comes out to 17,000 – 19,750 words. Nope, not enough to qualify for a novella, certainly not enough for a book. His price was $3.99 for each of the 4 books. Add them all together and they’d be a normal sized book, if a short one. For the low, low price of $15.96.

Here’s why that annoys the heck out of me: the author strikes me as one of those people who saw the potential of making money by being a writer and puts overpriced stuff on Amazon for just that reason. To hell with the reader. But, I may be all wet on that impression.

Do you look at the size of a book before you buy it? Would you buy something that short for $3.99? Does it simply depend on the book or the author?

What do you think?