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The Guardian Publishes The Equivalent Of A Classic Novel Every Day

What do Crime and Punishment and The Guardian's daily output have in common? They're the same length.

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Of course, we don't read newspapers and websites like books.

We dip in and out over the course of a day, and we only read the stuff that interests us. The two most prolific sections on The Guardian website in terms of word count are Football and World. Many readers won't be interested in either of those things.

If you're just interested in politics, for example, then you could get through that section's daily output in less than 25 minutes.

And there is a point to all this.

Guardian News & Media is focused on making more money from online advertising and sponsorships – which means making more quality content that people want to read.

In the year to March the company made £55.9 million in digital revenue, up almost 30% on the previous year - it's clear where any future business growth is going to come from.

Anyway, never mind the readers, spare a thought for the people who commission and edit this stuff.

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And perhaps ask whether the publishing model that puts out that amount of content every day, with far fewer staff than five years ago, is sustainable? Plus, with traditional news providers increasingly challenged, what will happen to the plurality and comprehensive provision of news coverage in the next decade?

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