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Amazon.com announced the third annual list of Most Well-Read Cities in America this week, revealing that - once again - Alexandria, VA topped the list, which is determined by compiling sales data of all book, magazine and newspaper sales in both print and Kindle format since June of last year (2012), on a per capita basis in cities with more than 100,000 residents. So if your town didn't make the cut, it may simply be a matter of population, from the sound of it.
Here's how the list broke down, according to Amazon's data:
1. Alexandria, Va.
Amazon notes that Vancouver, Dayton, Clearwater and Tallahassee are all new to the list this year, and that Knoxville made the biggest jump from #12 last year to #2 this year. But it was Alexandria who topped the list, and apparently, the city is fond of Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl, as that was the best selling book overall in the city, followed by all three Fifty Shades of Grey books. While those in Alexandria clearly love a bit of mystery and some steamy romance, Cambridge, Massachusetts residents topped the list for ordering the most Business & Investing books. They also topped the list for overall nonfiction, with Difficult Conversations: How To Discuss What Matters Most and StrengthsFinder 2.0 being the top titles purchased in the New England city.
Needless to say, people are reading - whether it's romance, mystery or books about how to uncover your natural talents, Amazon shoppers are buying the books. And the online store has no shortage of those, between their vast selection of actual books and eBooks, not to mention the handy Whispersync for Voice feature, which allows Kindle (or Kindle app) readers to purchase the audiobook at a discounted rate to sync with their Kindle book so they can jump between reading eBooks and listening to the audiobook with ease. (I tend to go on about that feature, but as a fan of audiobooks who also loves her Kindle and who often has to make time to read, I really can't say enough great things about Whispersync for Voice.)
Unfortunately, Amazon doesn't give up any information on exactly how many books were sold in the listed cities, but it's interesting to see where they're getting a lot of their book business from.