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How short should a book be?

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Chris The Story Reading Ape Found this free 36 page eBook in the Nook online shop, read it, enjoyed it, added it to the Goodreads repository of books, but it does raise a question in my mind. How short can a BOOK be and still be regarded as a book?

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Jeni Technically, this is really a short story.

Traditionally, there are approximately 250 words on a page, so this novel was about 9,000-ish words. A novella is around 20,000 - 40,000 words.

Young adult novels fall in the [adult]novella range and adult novels go up to 100,000 words.

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