Amazon.com Releases Fifth Annual List of Reading Cities
On June 2, Amazon announced its fifth annual list of the Most Well-Read Cities in America – just in time for summer reading season. The ranking was determined by compiling sales data of all book, magazine and newspaper sales in both print and Kindle format from April 2014 to April 2015, on a per capita basis in cities with more than 500,000 residents.
The Top 20 Most Well-Read Cities are:
|1. Seattle, Wash.||11. Charlotte, N.C.|
|2. Portland, Ore.||12. Baltimore, Md.|
|3. Las Vegas, Nev.||13. San Diego, Calif.|
|4. Tucson, Ariz.||14. Houston, Texas|
|5. Washington, D.C.||15. Indianapolis, Ind.|
|6. Austin, Texas||16. San Jose, Calif.|
|7. San Francisco, Calif.||17. Jacksonville, Fla.|
|8. Albuquerque, N.M.||18. San Antonio, Texas|
|9. Denver, Colo.||19. Nashville, Tenn.|
|10. Louisville, Ky.||20. Chicago, Ill.|
Seattle, Washington, the home of Amazon headquarters, not only purchased the most books overall but also purchased the most Kindle books, magazines, and newspapers.Amazon also took a closer look at the data and uncovered some interesting trends across the cities:
- Washington, D.C. residents, ranked #5 overall on the list, prefer the print book, outranking Seattle as the city with the most purchases of print books.
- Three California cities made the top 20 list this year: San Francisco, San Diego, and San Jose.
- Las Vegas is for lovers—their residents purchased the most romance titles.
- Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn was the top-selling title in seven of the top 20 cities: Houston, Texas; Austin, Texas; Charlotte, N.C.; Tucson, Ariz.,Louisville, Ky.; Albuquerque, N.M.; Baltimore, Md.
“We’re excited to see Seattle take the top spot on our annual Most Well-Read Cities list,” said Sara Nelson, Editorial Director of Print and Kindle Books at Amazon.com. “Summer has just begun and we hope we can help readers discover their next favorite books and contribute to their cities’ well-read ranking.”