Originally Posted by Daniel Hetberg
What's a usual word count per page in a published book? From my experience with LaTeX, I know that a certain amount of characters per line is most pleasing to the eye and is hence used very consistently in publishing.
Daniel, one other point: because of the cost of printing, some publishers will simply cram as many words as possible on the page in tiny fonts, to keep the book's page-count down and save money. I've seen epic fantasy mass-market paperbacks that almost needed a magnifying glass to read them, after they've been re-set from perfectly readable hardbacks or trade paperbacks...