Link: Smaller Books — Crooked Timber

The length of the average book reflects the economics of the print trade and educated guesses as to what book-buyers will actually pay for, much more than it does the actual intellectual content of the book itself.

Books today are too long.

Authors (or their agents and publishers) seem to feel that that they have to be longer to be sellable.

I don’t want to read all that stuff just to get your one point. Write it shorter.

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