Tell me, how many pages are in an audiobook? How do you determine that? Would you even want to? Well, let me tell you that Goodreads equates hours to page numbers. At 10 hours 6 minutes according to Audible, Cinder by Marissa Meyer has 11 pages. Goodreads mandates that you round up the hour, not down. The 400 pages in the hardcover edition are of little concern to Goodreads.
Hours Aren’t Pages
I think it’s laughable that instead of adopting the number of pages from the hardcover, the standard practice is to reduce hours to pages. If you’re aware of this quirk, you do learn that the “page numbers” actually indicate listening hours. Not everyone knows this though. I only found out because I was a librarian and spent a lot of time trying to figure out how to input audiobook lengths. It’s not uncommon for non-linrarians to ask why the page numbers are so low on audiobooks.
Skewed Reading Statistics
The cool thing about keeping your reading log on Goodreads is that there’s an overview on reading statistics. How many books did you read each year? Which book is the longest you read in a given year? How do your book ratings stack up each year? You can also see how many pages you’ve read every year.
There’s a huge problem with tracking the number of pages read every: the statistics mix all formats. This means that 600-word tome that you listened to as an audiobook will be reduced to 17 pages. That is a difference of 583 pages! They don’t count on Goodreads. There’s no way to separate pages read and hours listened to. Since more than a third of the 42 books I’ve read this year were audiobooks, the page count is effectively redundant.
Measuring Lengths of Books
You would think figuring out the page count of ebooks would be the troubling endeavour. Depending on the screen size of a reading device, page numbers of ebooks are relative. For the most part I’ve observed that Goodreads users refer to the page numbers of the first esition hardcover. I think that makes sense. It’s a good indicator of how much you can expect to read.
Yet for audiobooks that have a fixed length, Goodreads doesnt acknowledge this. They don’t give Goodreads librarians the option to specifically input hours and minutes. Personally, I think it’s important information that Goodreads doesn’t deal with well at all.