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What are the Most Well-Read Cities in the US?


Just in time for the summer reading season, announced its list of the Top 20 Most Well-Read Cities in America. After compiling sales data of all book, magazine and newspaper sales in both print and Kindle format since Jan. 1, 2011, on a per capita basis in cities with more than 100,000 residents, the Top 20 Most Well-Read Cities are:

  1. Cambridge, Mass.
  2. Alexandria, Va.
  3. Berkeley, Calif.
  4. Ann Arbor, Mich.
  5. Boulder, Colo.
  6. Miami
  7. Salt Lake City
  8. Gainesville, Fla.
  9. Seattle
  10. Arlington, Va.
  11. Knoxville, Tenn.
  12. Orlando, Fla.
  13. Pittsburgh
  14. Washington, D.C.
  15. Bellevue, Wash.
  16. Columbia, S.C.
  17. St. Louis, Mo.
  18. Cincinnati
  19. Portland, Ore.
  20. Atlanta

Here's the full press release.

Photo of Cambridge, MA courtesy of Josh Michtom


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Washington, D.C. on number 14? well not that bad.

This a is an Amazon promotion, pure & simple. Ignores libraries, new & used bookstores in those cities.

And it's working.

New Yorkers don't fuck with Amazon. Too many indie shops to support. ;)

It would be interesting to take library statistics to find out the same information. Not everyone who is a reader buys books.

Be interesting to know how smaller cities ranked since I live in one.

Sheesh, I should've read the press release before posting that!

Hmm... I wonder how much textbooks come into play in cities with large universities, since it's based on sales only...?

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