The longer the novel, the better it is? That’s what a new study by FlipSnack seems to suggest. As the short study reveals, the average book length for the Man Booker Prize shortlist was 457 pages last year. But that’s not all; the researchers looked into a bit more than 2,500 novels that appeared in publications like the New York Times best sellers, the Google Most Discussed list, and other prestigious book lists over the course of the last 15 years.
The results were astonishing.
You’re lucky. Fiction is getting better.
The FlipSnack study reveals that over the years, book readers rate and review the books they read at consistently higher levels. The researchers looked into Amazon user reviews, taking into consideration book length and discovered that the number of books receiving above average reviews has grown. More specifically, for 2014, the average book rating was 4.1, with 5 being the best.
Books are getting thicker too.
Some good news for bibliophiles who want to read more! Over the course of the last fifteen years, novels have gotten longer. In 2000 the average book length was about 340 pages. In 2007 this count went up to 400, and by 2013 it had jumped to 450 pages long.
What could explain the fact that books are getting better and thicker?
James Finlayson from Vervesearch, the company that carried out the study on behalf of FlipSnack, told The Guardian that one way they could explain this trend is the popularity of ebooks which enable users to choose longer reads without having to worry about the book’s weight.
In other words, people are no longer intimidated by longer books simply due to their physical size, daunting thickness, or inconvenient weight. Whether you are downloading a 250-page novel or a 800-page saga to your tablet or ereader, you won’t notice any difference.
The study by Vervesearch on behalf of FlipSnack serves to silence those that proclaimed reading dead. People are not only still reading, they’re reading better and longer novels. The medium is the only thing that changed.
What is your book of choice? Do you like long reads like the “A Brief History of Seven Killings” by Marlon James? Or are you more of a short story reader? Share your thoughts in the comments below!