How To Make Your Kindle Book Easier To Read Than A Fourth Grader Cheating On A Math Test
Most published authors know that getting people to buy your book is not nearly as hard as getting them to read the whole darn thing.
You might be surprised to know that most people in the US read at an eighth grade level (no offense if you are smarter than most). So if you want people to read your book from start to finish you should really make it as readable as possible.
Why should you care if they finish your book?
Well if we don’t count our pesky egos, there are those critical reviews and share factor that never get done if somone didn’t really read your book from start to finish.
Lucky for you there’s an easy test to determine the grade level of your writing.
Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level test
This test rates text on a U.S. school grade level. For example, a score of 8.0 means that an eighth grader can understand the document. For most documents, aim for a score of approximately 7.0 to 8.0.
The formula for the Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level takes the average sentence length (the number of words divided by the number of sentences) and average number of syllables per word (the number of syllables divided by the number of words) into account.
See the fancy algorithm and instructions on how to use this in Microsoft Word here.
Of course if you are writing a professional book and are targeting people like doctors you should proabably aim higher than eigth grade English in your book. But keep in mind that your sales page should still be in simple English and appeal to the primal desires of humans.
Who should Specify the Book Grade Level in Amazon?
Well now that’s the thing, if you really read between the lines, Amazon is telling you the age and grade level of your book can be noted for any book available for sale in the US or the UK.
This is critical however for any book targeting the Kindle children store or the Amazon.com Schools and Teaching Store since their search algorithm filters books by age and grade!
Choosing a grade range will improve the discoverability of books in the Juvenile and Education book categories on Amazon.com. The grades are based on U.S. grade levels.
Target 8th Grade level
unless your target audience is listed here!
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