21. October 2014 · Write a comment · Categories: Writing · Tags:

One of my ongoing projects is trying to write a book about patent strategy. It’s useful to have a general idea what one is aiming for, and I was curious about the “mechanical” characteristics of typical successful non-fiction books in the same general category — word count, page count, etc. So I chose 16 books, more or less at random, mostly from the Amazon best sellers in the business category, and compiled some data, as shown in the table below.

All of the books chosen had Amazon sales ranks at or below approximately 10,000 at the time that I gathered my data. Obviously, Amazon sales rank is a mysterious and constantly changing quantity, and subject to endless gaming, but the overall list is arguably a reasonable (albeit small) sample of generally successful books. More »