"How long were the last few books you bought?" ask I.
"I don't know. I can't tell. Kindle doesn't give page numbers, just a percent. I hate that. But they weren't very long. A week on the subway."
Subway length, okay. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo took him three weeks. So I got the titles . . . and sure enough, seven out of ten were novellas.
And then we talked about why we bought novellas, instead of novels. And the results:
- We had no clue what length of book we were buying. (This is important.)
- We bought books that sounded "interesting" and fit our genre preferences. Only I ventured out of my comfort zone and that was because I had heard the author was good.
- I would buy a book for the art (if I could, but my Kindle doesn't show the art, or if it does I have yet to figure it out). He wouldn't.
- Two of his books were free. He went back and paid for two more books by one of the authors, but the price point was low ($2.99).
- One of the books I bought was free and I regretted buying it. I paid as much as $6.99 for one book, the novel by the author someone recommended (turns out it's really good!).
- He won't look at books priced higher than $5.99.
- I will look at, but not buy, e-books priced higher than $8.99.
In sum, the reason we ended up buying novellas was mostly because they didn't cost over our price points, so we looked at them.
Anyway, now that I have scratched my analytic imp for the month, back to writing!