Wednesday, October 5, 2011

BiblioFile: eReads and Counting Words

Bellairsia gets read by John's American fans, sure, but we've also gotten some attention in France, the Netherlands, Italy, and even South Korea (안녕하세요 환영). One place we’re read regularly is Singapore, where contributor Kwan Hon Luen chimes in with occasional comments and reviews.

After we promoted the recent eReads editions of the Johnny Dixon series, Hon Luen passed along an interesting observation. Here’s the word count of the first eight books according to eReads:
  • The Curse of the Blue Figurine: 50,082
  • The Mummy, the Will, and the Crypt: 39,783
  • The Spell of the Sorcerer's Skull: 41,862
  • The Revenge of the Wizard's Ghost: 33,492
  • The Eyes of the Killer Robot: 40,599
  • The Trolley to Yesterday: 42,915
  • The Chessmen of Doom: 36,619
  • The Secret of the Underground Room: 29,011

Appropriately enough Curse also is the longest book of the eight, clocking in with 200 pages (that is, pages in the hardcover edition), and Secret is a mere 127 pages. Secret is John’s shortest book overall, coming in with four pages more than Saint Fidgeta, though for what it’s worth (and we imagine it isn’t much), Secret actually has one more chapter than Curse (13 vs. 12).

Gotta love them trivial stats.

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