Alexandria, Va. tops the list for the third year in a row; Miami,
Fla. and Knoxville, Tenn. come in at #2 and #3
SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 20, 2014--
(NASDAQ:AMZN)—To kick off the summer reading season, Amazon.com today
announced its fourth 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 from April
2013 to April 2014, 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. Miami, Fla.
3. Knoxville, Tenn.
4. Seattle, Wash.
5. Orlando, Fla.
6. Ann Arbor, Mich.
7. Berkeley, Calif.
8. Cambridge, Mass.
9. Cincinnati, Ohio
10. Columbia, S.C.
11. St. Louis, Mo.
12. Pittsburgh, Penn.
13. Vancouver, Wash.
14. Salt Lake City, Utah
15. Atlanta, Ga.
16. Gainesville, Fla.
17. Dayton, Ohio
18. Clearwater, Fla.
19. Richmond, Va.
20. Tallahassee, Fla.
In taking a closer look at the data, Amazon also found that:
Inferno by Dan Brown was the best-selling book overall
in Alexandria, Va., followed by Divergent by Veronica Roth and The
Goldfinch by Donna Tartt. Divergent was the most-read book
users in Alexandria.
While Alexandria, Va. bought the most books overall, Cambridge, Mass.
bought the most print books, and Knoxville, Tenn. purchased the most
Seattle, Wash.—home to Amazon.com’s corporate headquarters—made the
biggest gain this year, jumping from the #13 spot in 2013 to #4.
Cambridge, Mass. continues to grow more budding entrepreneurs than any
other city, ordering the most books in the Business & Investing
category. Top titles include Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel
Kahneman and perennial best seller StrengthsFinder 2.0 by Tom
Looking only at cities with more than 1 million residents, San Diego,
Calif. is the most well-read.
“Our annual Most Well-Read Cities list shows that reading continues to
be a passion for people from coast to coast,” said Sara Nelson,
Editorial Director of Print and Kindle Books at Amazon.com. “This
weekend marks the start of the summer reading season, so we hope
customers find a great book to enjoy and help contribute to their city’s
Customers can visit the Amazon Book Editors’ Summer Reading feature at www.amazon.com/summerreading,
where they’ll find picks in more than 15 categories including
Blockbusters and Beach Reads.
Amazon opened on the World Wide Web in July 1995. The company is guided
by three principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus,
passion for invention, and long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click
shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon,
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