Many hypertexts tend to be fairly large, and some (such as Wikipedia) are immense. Indeed, Janet Murray in Hamlet on the Holodeck argues that an "encyclopedic quality" is inherent in hypertext.

On the other hand, some hypertexts are very short. Mary-kim Arnold's "Lust", for example, has a mere 37 writing spaces. Deena Larsen's Samplers collects a selection of short hypertexts, each based in some way on a classic American quilt pattern.

Recent experiments include the 100 Stories Project as well as weblog and Twitter fiction.