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Famous books by the numbers (infographic)
The infographic takes a closer look at word counts of famous books.
It’s never too late to share a great literary infographic, and the one from Cartridge Discount is one of the best in recent years. The focus is on the word count.
The infographic analyzes famous books, from classic novels, to book sagas (Harry Potter, A Game of Thrones), to novellas.
At the end of the visual you’ll find sections devoted to authors, where you’ll find their longest and shortest texts. Ernest Hemingway’s six-word story, “For sale: baby shoes, never worn,” took social media by storm. William Shakespeare’s longest work, Hamlet, had “only” 30k words, compared to Hemingway’s For Whom the Bell Tolls, which was 174k.
How does the word count translate to a reading time? The average reading speed of an adult is around 300 words per minute. That makes 18k words per hour.
A novel is a book above 40k, usually between 80 and 120k. You will need a few hours to finish it. A novella is 17,5k and 40k.
Shorter doesn’t mean worse. There are a lot of short books that are classic reads. We collected them all in a comprehensive overview 50 short books for busy people.
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About Ola Kowalczyk
As a frequent visitor of her favorite local library, Ola is particularly interested in how books and libraries evolve in the digital age. Ebooks, print, audiobooks – for her, all books are equal.
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The Midnight Library
by Matt Haig
A Conversation About Rain
Nineteen years before she decided to die, Nora Seed sat in the warmth of the small library at Hazeldene School in the town of Bedford. She sat at a low table staring at a chess board.
‘Nora dear, it’s natural to worry about your future,’ said the librarian, Mrs Elm, her eyes twinkling.
Mrs Elm made her first move. A knight hopping over the neat row of white pawns. ‘Of course, you’re going to be worried about the exams. But you could be anything you want to be, Nora. Think of all that possibility. It’s exciting.’
‘Yes. I suppose it is.’
‘A whole life in front of you.’
‘A whole life.’
‘You could do anything, live anywhere. Somewhere a bit less cold and wet.’
Nora pushed a pawn forward two spaces.
It was hard not to compare Mrs Elm to her mother, who treated Nora like a mistake in need of correction. For instance, when she was a baby her mother had been so worried Nora’s left ear stuck out more than her right that she’d used sticky tape to address the situation, then disguised it beneath a woollen bonnet.
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