He placed his long-fingered hand on Jeff’s chest. Jeff heard himself whimper quietly from somewhere beyond his control. “And what about content, Jeff? I assume there are restrictions? You have to take the fun out of it somehow.”
“Well we’re not allowing crossover, where characters from two fictional worlds interact.” Jeff could barely get the words out now. He had never felt this strange intensity, this lust for anyone. He felt a strange throb where his soul had once been, years ago.
Dustin wrote Jeff Bezos fan fiction and it is beautiful.
Neither of them is very confident, however, about Goodreads’ future. “I’m a very faithful user!” Mickelsen explained, but “I don’t trust Amazon’s business practices.” Shea worries that it will be “difficult to discern what recommendations come from [Goodreads’] algorithm and what have been paid for.” Leah White, reader services librarian from Northbrook P.L. in Illinois said, “I worry about the consolidation of reading resources on the internet—Amazon now owns Shelfari, Audible, and Goodreads” as well being the biggest retailer of books on the internet. “This lack of diversity scares me.”
The move also adds to the sense that Amazon is slowly buying up much of the book world. Over some 15 years, the company has bought AbeBooks.com, Audible.com, Brilliance Audio, the Book Depository, Shelfari, BookFinder.com, Lexcycle, BookSurge, CreateSpace, Mobipocket.com and (through AbeBooks) 40% of Library Thing.
From PWxyz, 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. PWxyz isn’t sure how useful this information is, but because we secretly like math, we’re all for injecting objective truths into subjective fields like literature. (Which is why things like this happen.) But it is nice to know, when you pick up a book and feel its weight, where it stands in relation to all others. Anyway, here’s a sampling of classics and where their word counts land them on the spectrum.
Animal Farm 29,966 words (75% of books have more words)
Ethan Frome 30,191 words (75% of books have more words)
The Crying of Lot 49 46,573 words (64% of books have more words)
Slaughterhouse-Five 47,192 words (64% of books have more words)
We Have Always Lived in the Castle 53,510 words (58% of books have more words)
Lord of the Flies 62,481 words (51% 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)
Lolita 112,473 words (21% of books have more words)
Madame Bovary 117,963 words (18% of books have more words)
Mansfield Park 159, 344 words (9% 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)
Middlemarch 310,593 words (2% of books have more words)
War and Peace 544,406 words (0% of books have more words)