Vancouver makes 'Most Well-Read Cities' list

Vancouver makes 'Most Well-Read Cities' list

Vancouver makes 'Most Well-Read Cities' list

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by Cassidy Quinn, KGW Staff

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Posted on May 20, 2014 at 12:55 PM

Updated Friday, Jun 6 at 10:33 AM

VANCOUVER -- Do you consider yourself "well-read?" And what about your neighbors?

The annual list of the Most Well-Read Cities in America was announced Tuesday. The list was created by Amazon.com, and the company releases it annually at the beginning of the summer reading season.

To create the list, Amazon gathered sales data of all book, magazine, and newspaper sales in both print and Kindle format from April 2013 to April 2014, in cities with more than 100,000 residents.

Portland did not make the list, but Vancouver, Wash. did.

Here are the top 20 most well-read cities:

  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.

What books did people buy?

Inferno by Dan Brown was the top seller in Alexandria, Va., followed by Divergent by Veronica Roth and The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt.

The data also showed a few other trends:

  • Seattle, Wash. - where Amazon's corporate headquarters is located - made the biggest gain this year, jumping from the #13 spot last year to #4 this year.
  • Looking only at cities with more than 1 million residents, San Diego, Calif. was the most well-read.
  • While Alexandria, Va. bought the most books overall, Cambridge, Mass. bought the most print books, and Knoxville, Tenn. bought the most Kindle books.

What books are you going to read this summer? Let us know in the comments below.

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