So you’re in a bar looking to score. Mr. Right-Now looks like he’s packing, he’s cute, clean, funny, this is going to be good. You get to his place and the imagined 9 inches of porn star goodness turns out to be 4.5 inches of midget glory and a packet of tube socks. Huh? False advertising, my friend.
No, I don’t regularly troll bars around town but I do read a lot of “shorts” and lately I’ve noticed some disturbing trends. I get my files in PDF format, I’m not sure how it works for other formats on Kindles and E-readers, but when I open the document I look at the “page count” to see how much pleasure I have to look forward to. 46 pages. Cool.
Reading, reading, reading …. hmmmm, this seems to be winding up. The end. Page 16!?!? WTF? Where is the rest of the book? I was promised 46 pages of manly smexin’, or at the very least some kissing. I understand there are a couple of pages at the front with info (in this case 5) and maybe a page at the back with the author bio, but 30 pages? Only 23% of the book is story? What is on pages 17 – 46? The first chapter of each of four books by the same author in another series. Excuse me?
I may have bought the book even if I’d known it was only 11 pages. I buy Sips from Torquere Press all the time, but it really annoyed me that the story came to an end on page 16 when I was expecting 30 more pages. I know, I know, it said 7000 words in the blurb. What the hell does that mean? Short, fine, but I trust you to give me an accurate page count. I shouldn’t have to scroll down to see if the book actually goes to the end or stops 1/4 of the way though. If a book is 150 pages and I find out that 12 in the back are propaganda, I don’t mind. I’ve already had a good dose of fun.
So tell me, do you care? Do you even pay attention or just go “long, short, medium”. I know if I pay $1.99 I’m getting less story than $6.99, but don’t cram a bunch of crap at the end that I don’t want to give me the impression I’m getting more for my money. I’ll figure it out, you’ll piss me off and I will mention it to others.