Books May Be Getting Longer

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Books are steadily increasing in size, according to a survey that has found the average number of pages has grown by 25% over the last 15 years.

According to the Guardian, “the average length has increased from 320 pages in 1999 to 400 pages in 2014.” But why? The article explores potential reasons and trends, including: cultural shifts toward digital reading and longer narratives, changes in graphics, and commercial considerations.


Stephanie Bento is a writer, classical cellist, and photographer living in Washington, DC. In her writing, she is interested in exploring the musicality of sound and form, and our connection to time and place. Find out more about her creative work at saudadebelle.com, or say hello/bonjour on Twitter @saudadebelle. More from this author →