Someone asked this question online recently, and before I could answer, a dozen other respondents chimed in. Not for the best. Here's what I advised the author:
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I can't believe the large number and the wide range of poor answers your simple question generated from commentators. First, you didn't say it was a book, you said it was an eBook. Anyone who hasn't yet figured out the difference shouldn't be answering questions. He (and in the case of a most notorious misinformation provider, she) should be asking them. An eBook, as anyone with half a brain knows, can run any length you want. It can have as many chapters as you want. It can sell for any price you want, assuming you're self-publishing it. It can be published in as many different digital formats and by as many different publishing aggregators as you want. The bottom line is that, if the subject matter has value to a reader, he'll buy it.
And, just for clarity's sake, you never called it a novel. You never referred to it as fiction, and you certainly never called it a book. You didn't ask if it qualified by industry definition as an adult book, a young adult book, or a novella. You asked how many chapters are in a 20,000-word eBook. Read More