UK men’s lifestyle giveaway magazine ShortList, last seen in TeleRead defending literary coolness, has just aired an infographic detailing the vagaries of literary length by word count, from the very longest epics to haiku. Interestingly, the infographic is credited to printer supplies chain Cartridge Discount, which must obviously be very concerned over all the paper and ink that people are spending on printing out their digitized copies of War and Peace. (Foolish people, haven’t you heard of Paperwhite screens?)

Anyway, for however many words it’s worth, here it is.




  1. This is actually an advert, Paul. it’s intended to boost that site’s SEO ranking. I found that out when I posted the infographic; I got an email where I was asked to link to theat site. Needless to say, i did not.

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