Amazon.com Announces the Most Well-Read Cities in America
Alexandria, Va., Cambridge, Mass., and Berkeley, Calif., top Amazon’s second annual “Most Well-Read Cities in America” list
SEATTLE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–May. 15, 2012– Kicking off the summer reading season, Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) announced its annual list of the Most Well-Read Cities in America. The ranking was determined by compiling sales data of all book, magazine and newspaper sales in both print and Kindle format since June 1, 2011, on a per capita basis in cities with more than 100,000 residents. The Top 20 Most Well-Read Cities are:
1. Alexandria, Va.
2. Cambridge, Mass.
3. Berkeley, Calif.
4. Ann Arbor, Mich.
5. Boulder, Colo.
7. Arlington, Va.
8. Gainesville, Fla.
9. Washington, D.C.
10. Salt Lake City
12. Knoxville, Tenn.
14. Orlando, Fla.
15. Columbia, S.C.
16. Bellevue, Wash.
18. St. Louis
20. Richmond, Va.
In taking a closer look at the data, Amazon also found that:
Berkeley, Calif., is a city full of jet-setters – it topped the list by ordering the most Travel books.
Boulder, Colo., keeps the closest eye on its waistline by topping the list of cities that order the most books in the Health, Fitness & Dieting category.
Virginia is for lovers – Alexandria, Va., that is, which tops the charts in the Romance book category.
Cambridge, Mass., grows the most budding entrepreneurs. These locals topped the list for ordering the most books in the Business & Investing category.
“As the summer reading season gets into full swing, we’re excited to reveal our second annual Most Well-Read Cities list,” said Chris Schluep, Senior Editor of Books, Amazon.com. “It’s great to see that we are truly a nation of readers, with representation on this list from every region of the country.”
In addition to their annual Most Well-Read Cities list, Amazon has issued their official summer reading suggestions. Customized lists for adults and children can be found at:
Adults – www.amazon.com\summer-reading
Kids – www.amazon.com\summer-reading-kids
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