# How Long Does It Take to Read 200 Pages of a Book?

by Arthur Worsley
M.A. Psychology, Oxford. McKinsey Alum. Founder & Editor at TAoL.

Question: How long does it take to read 200 pages of a book?

Answer: It takes about 3 hours 41 minutes to read 200 pages of a book (assuming 275 words per page and an average reading speed of between 238 and 260 words per minute).

Why those assumptions?

Here’s the detail…

## You Can Fit 500 Words On a Letter/A4 Page

You can fit just over 500 words on a single side of letter size (A4) paper.

That’s with 1-inch margins and single-spaced, 12pt, Times New Roman font.

Here’s 550 words of Lorem Ipsum as proof:

Note: There are no subtitles or headings on this page so the actual average number of words you can fit on an letter/A4 size page will be slightly less.

The problem with that word count?

## Book Pages Are Smaller (About Half That)

But book page sizes are smaller (about half as much).

Which means fewer words per page in a book.

And that word count even varies by book type.

In fact…

• There are about 250 words per page in the average nonfiction book; and
• There are about 300 words per page in the average fiction book.

So that’s word count covered.

## What’s The Average Reading Speed?

A recent (2019) review of 190 studies on reading speed found that for silent-reading:

• The average nonfiction reading rate is 238 words per minute; and
• The average fiction reading rate is 260 words per minute.

Reading rates are lower for children, old adults and non-first-language English speakers.

There’s also a big variation between individuals that isn’t well understood.

In fact…

• For nonfiction, most adults read between 175 to 300 words per minute; and
• For fiction, most adults read between 200 to 320 words per minute.

## So, How Long Does It Take to Read 200 Pages of a Book?

For nonfiction, the average reading speed per page is 250 words divides by 238 words per minute.

So it takes 1 minute 3 seconds to read 1 page of a nonfiction book.

For fiction, the average reading speed per page is 300 words divided by 260 words per minute.

So it takes 1-minute 9 seconds to read one page of a fiction book.

Scale up the math to 200 pages and on average…

• It takes 3 hours 30 minutes to read 200 pages of a nonfiction book; and
• It takes 3 hours 50 minutes to read 200 pages of a fiction book.

Split the difference and bingo…

Question: How long does it take to read 200 pages of a book?

Answer: It takes about 3 hours 41 minutes to read 200 pages of a book (assuming 275 words per page and an average reading speed of between 238 and 260 words per minute).

## What if I’m a Fast or Slow Reader? [Table]

Still curious?

Here’s a table that’ll help you work out how long it’ll take you to read 200 pages depending on whether you’re a slow, average or fast reader…

Notes: Assumes 500 words per page and nonfiction reading speeds for letter size/A4.

For more, see these posts on how long it takes to read 100 pages, 300 pages and 400 pages.

## Want to Read More, Faster?

Go check out this book summary of How to Read a Book.

Then read this post on 27 ways to read more books this year.

Or use the form below to get a free cheat-sheet of the exact same 10-step process I use to write TAoL‘s many book summaries

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P.s., Don’t forget to also check out TAoL’s fiction and nonfiction book recommendations to make sure you’re reading the right books as well as reading them right.

Arthur Worsley
I founded TAoL to discover and share the best wisdom on how to live long and prosper. Before that I studied Psychology, Philosophy & Physiology at Oxford and consulted at McKinsey. Still curious? Learn more or take my FREE productivity quiz.

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