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Columbia one of Amazon’s Most Well-Read Cities in America

Staff Report
Published May 31, 2011

Columbia has landed on Amazon’s list of the Top 20 Most Well-Read Cities in America.

After compiling sales data of all book, magazine and newspaper sales in both print and Kindle format since Jan. 1 on a per capita basis in cities with more than 100,000 residents, the Top 20 Most Well-Read Cities are:


1. Cambridge, Mass.


11. Knoxville, Tenn.


2. Alexandria, Va.


12. Orlando, Fla.


3. Berkeley, Calif.


13. Pittsburgh


4. Ann Arbor, Mich.


14. Washington, D.C.


5. Boulder, Colo.


15. Bellevue, Wash.


6. Miami


16. Columbia


7. Salt Lake City


17. St. Louis, Mo.


8. Gainesville, Fla.


18. Cincinnati


9. Seattle


19. Portland, Ore.


10. Arlington, Va.


20. Atlanta


In taking a closer look at the data, Amazon also found that:

  • Cambridge, Mass. — home to Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology — also topped the list of cities that ordered the most nonfiction books.
  • Boulder, Colo., ordered the most books in the cooking and food and wine categories.
  • Alexandria, Va., residents topped the list of the city that orders the most children’s books.
  • Florida was the state with the most cities in the Top 20, with Miami, Gainesville and Orlando making the list.

“In anticipation of the summer reading season — one of our favorite times to catch up on pleasure reading and unwind with the new titles being published this season — we’re excited to reveal the Most Well-Read City list,” said Mari Malcolm, Amazon’s managing editor of books. “We hope book lovers across the country enjoy this fun look at where the most voracious readers reside, and that everyone gets the chance to relax with some great summer reads.”

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