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How long should an ebook page be?

vision2003 Hi,

Found you guys from searching on google - heck I couldn't find too many forums there quickly.

Trying my first ebook so here are some questions:

typical word count for one page?

how to determine whether to sell it or for it to be free?

what length should a free ebook be, a paid one?

how long should the sales page be?

Thanks for your patience

PS any source that has answers for FAQ for beginners?

Posted on: 6:31 pm on October 28, 2002
dreuby Hi Herman, and welcome,

When it comes to page length, I usually apply the same rules as I do to a web page, and try to keep it to two to three "screen lengths". Though I've seen ebooks with really long pages, too!

I think you have to forget the typical rules for publishing, regarding word counts per page, etc.

I'm still looking for the answer on paid/free! Here's my personal opinion - other members please feel free to contradict me!
If I include ads, I wouldn't charge for it. If I want to charge, I wouldn't include ads, except perhaps for related ebooks that I'd written.

Help for beginners - have you looked at some of Sunil's other sites?http://www.ebookapprentice.comhas lots of useful stuff.  Eva'shttp://www.ebooksnbytes.comhas info and links too.

BTW, I'm running your three-part article on traffic analysis in my ezine, it's really useful - thanks!

Posted on: 9:23 am on October 29, 2002
kaliannah Hi Herman,

My ebook pages are generally no longer than "3 clicks" down  I try to keep the pages short.  

To sale or giveaway....I sell some and give away some ebooks....the ones I give away are what I like to term as "teasers."  A topic that will get the attention of my target audience, give them content of interest -- and include ALOT of suggestive advertising for my "real" ebook that I want them to buy.  I've had good results with freebies.  

Visitors get to know the style of your work, how easy/how difficult your ebooks are to navigate, etc.  Also, people new to ebooks will likely NOT buy from you until they're sure exactly WHAT an ebook is.  

Some of my customers have mentioned how much they enjoyed this freebie or that one -- so I know freebies work!  I've also made a good deal of commission with CB links included in freebies.

Posted on: 6:44 pm on February 12, 2003

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