The Most Well-Read U.S. Cities (According to Amazon.com)

SealofcambridgemaAmazon.com just crunched their sales data for 2011, and calculated the 20 Most Well-Read Cities in America. (Click here to see all 20 cities on a map.)

The #1 city on Amazon’s list (and the top purchaser of non-fiction titles) is Cambridge, Massachusetts, while four of the top five cities are college towns. This suggests students may be shopping online for cheaper text books – another bad sign for the future of the bookstore.

But the #2 city was Alexandria, Virginia, one of three cities on the list within 10 miles of Washington D.C. — which surprisingly, was also reported by Amazon as the city which purchased the most children’s picture book.

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4 Responses to The Most Well-Read U.S. Cities (According to Amazon.com)

  1. justagirl May 28, 2011 at 6:27 pm #

    well, if the bookstores weren’t such price gouging, greedy fuckers, they would get more business.
     
    (ps- i got us on the map… ca caw!!  lol).

  2. justagirl May 28, 2011 at 10:27 pm #

    well, if the bookstores weren’t such price gouging, greedy fuckers, they would get more business.
     
    (ps- i got us on the map… ca caw!!  lol).

  3. Asyrith May 30, 2011 at 6:46 am #

    I would like to say that this can’t really be called the most well-read cities based on purchases made on Amazon. Portland comes in at number 19 on the list, but I would venture to say that’s because we have Powell’s Books. New and used books that take up a city block. I’m pretty sure most Portlanders do their book shopping there. I never buy on Amazon, but I purchase all the time, locally. Interesting enough, I suppose, but not a real idea of readers, in my opinion.

  4. Asyrith May 30, 2011 at 10:46 am #

    I would like to say that this can’t really be called the most well-read cities based on purchases made on Amazon. Portland comes in at number 19 on the list, but I would venture to say that’s because we have Powell’s Books. New and used books that take up a city block. I’m pretty sure most Portlanders do their book shopping there. I never buy on Amazon, but I purchase all the time, locally. Interesting enough, I suppose, but not a real idea of readers, in my opinion.

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