These are the most well-read cities in America (according to Amazon)

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Did yours make the list?

Amazon just released its annual list of America's most well-read cities – a ranking it compiles by tallying book, magazine, newspaper and e-book sales on a per capita basis in cities with over 100,000 residents.


There is, of course, the whole issue of quantity versus quality, and how the latter is so notoriously difficult to quantify. The Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy was reportedly a big hit in Alexandria, VA and Knoxville, TN (numbers 1 and 2, respectively). Alexandria has now been #1 for two years running, whereas Knoxville – whose residents purchased more books from the Romance category than any other city's – jumped from the #12 slot to the #2 slot in just one year.

And then there's Cambridge, MA, home of Harvard and MIT, which topped the list for ordering the most books in the Business & Investing category. It also led the pack in the Overall Nonfiction category, a title it claimed last year, as well. (We wouldn't be surprised if Cambridge was highly ranked in SciFi consumption, as well, though we can't seem to find any numbers for this category – an unfortunate oversight on Amazon's part.)

In any case, here's the list. Did your city make the cut?

  1. Alexandria, Va.
  2. Knoxville, Tenn.
  3. Miami, Fla.
  4. Cambridge, Mass.
  5. Orlando, Fla.
  6. Ann Arbor, Mich.
  7. Berkeley, Calif.
  8. Cincinnati, Ohio
  9. Columbia, S.C.
  10. Pittsburgh, Penn.
  11. St. Louis, Mo.
  12. Salt Lake City, Utah
  13. Seattle, Wash.
  14. Vancouver, Wash.
  15. Gainesville, Fla.
  16. Atlanta, Ga.
  17. Dayton, Ohio
  18. Richmond, Va.
  19. Clearwater, Fla.
  20. Tallahassee, Fla.

[Via Amazon]

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I'm a little confused here. "Buys/reads a lot of books" isn't necessarily the same as "well read."