This week I got a preorder (a YA romance) I was excited to read. The book cost around 14 Euro, was a hardcover and I forgot to look at the length when I made my preorder. However for the prize I was expecting a book with around 400 pages. When I got the book I was very surprised when I realized that the book only contained 270 pages. Ok, the cover was pretty and nice but still I expected more pages. The same thing happened to me last year when I bought a book (a contemporary romance) for 9 Euro and then realized that it only had 190 pages.
Normally I don't mind the money I spend on books (and I spend a lot). I buy a lot of books because I love reading and owning them. And I think that buying books is the best way to support authors. However I don't like it when a publisher sells a book for a higher price than is ok for the length of the book. Then I feel a bit cheated and used.
I learned from these two events to always look at the number of pages and to don't automatically think that a book for over 10 Euro is a full-length novel with around 400 pages.
What do you expect from a book that costs about 14 Euro (or Dollar)? Do you think that a book with a length of 270 (or less) pages should be market and sold the same way as a book with 400 (or more) pages?