those nuts at Amazon.com

What will they think of next? Now you can click on text stats for any book and find out things like average syllables per word, words per sentence, and a lot of other numbers. Also, a frequency map of the hundred most used words. The one for Homestead looks like a primary school spelling page. My favorite stats:

Title…………..Words per $……………Words per ounce

The Stand
Stephen King…….51,406…………………26,994

Homestead
Rosina Lippi……..5,799………………….6,981

Into the Wilderness….?…………………….?

Possession
A.S. Byatt……….18,049………………..11,844

They don’t have text stats available (yet?) for the Wilderness books, which is too bad because I was quite curious. If/when they get around to providing those stats, believe me, I’ll let you know. As it is, you can see that Homestead doesn’t give you good value in terms of dollar:word ratio. And I worked so hard on it.

Sniff.

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