Statistics Page Numbers

What’s the difference between
Pages (paperback)
Pages (printed)


The Mac v3 manual has this to say in section 20.1.3:

Scrivener 3 User Manual

Pages (Paperback): this is an estimate, using an industry standard formula (for English language publishing) of taking the average number of words per page and multiplying it by the average number of characters per word (five including a space, for six total), the product of which is then used to divide against the total character count of the project.

It goes on to give an example calculation for a 350 words/per page paperback with 714k characters resulting in 340 pages.

Scrivener 3 User Manual

Pages Printed: this counter will be more accurate as it will compile your draft in the background, using the specified formatting and other content settings, and then count the total pages resulting from that. It requires the accuracy model be set to “Accurate (Slower)”, as described below.

I’d say that Pages Printed is only “more accurate” if you want page count for the currently set-up compiled format, and it only works if that format has a page count. HTML doesn’t. MMD doesn’t. Epub… probably doesn’t. Obviously, if you’ve never compiled your manuscript, that statistic may be misleading (even if you have a format that results in a set of distinct pages), especially if you haven’t assigned section types and section layouts to give you a result that looks correct.

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rdale has already given the complete answer, of course, but here is a quick thought:

If you printed out your manuscript right now in almost anyway that you might think of, you would get a number of hardcopy pages that would not be the same as the page count you would get if your manuscript was printed as a paperback book.

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Thank you both for the replies!