Interesting: Average Number of Words in a Novel

From the Publisher’s Weekly blog: “The Average Book Has 64,500 Words” —

“According to Amazon’s great Text Stats feature, the median length for all books is about 64,000 words. The figure was found through looking at a number of books’ text stats, until Brave New World‘s 64,531 word count landed in the exact center of all books–50% of books have fewer words and 50% of books have more words.”

By the way, here’s a bit more information about Amazon’s Text Stats. God I love stuff like this.

What does this information mean? Nothing, really. But, it’s still interesting. And are some other notable novels from the list (which also had me idly wondering about other novels longer than War and Peace) —

“Animal Farm”

29,966 words (75% of books have more words)

“Brave New World”

64,531 words (50% of books have more words)

“The Adventures of Tom Sawyer”

70,570 words (45% of books have more words)

“Portnoy’s Complaint”

78,535 words (41% of books have more words)

“Moby-Dick”

209,117 words (4% of books have more words)

“East of Eden”

226,741 words (3% of books have more words)

“Ulysses”

262,869 words (2% of books have more words)

“War and Peace”

544,406 words (0% of books have more words)

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