Amazon had a press release yesterday talking about the most read cities in America, as well as some commentary on what the most popular titles were in those cities. I thought it was fairly interesting and a good idea to share it with you. For those of you who live in the larger cities (or close to them), where do you stack up on this list?
To prepare the list, Amazon looked at their sales data for metropolitan areas with more than 500,000 residents on a per capita basis and included purchases of all books, magazines, and newspapers sold from April 2015 to April 2016 – Kindle and the traditional paper versions.
The top 20 most well-read cities are:
- Seattle, WA
- Portland, OR
- Washington, D.C.
- San Francisco, CA
- Austin, TX
- Las Vegas, NV
- Tucson, AZ
- Denver, CO
- Albuquerque, NM
- San Diego, CA
- Baltimore, MD
- Charlotte, NC
- Louisville, KY
- San Jose, CA
- Houston, TX
- Nashville, TN
- Chicago, IL
- Indianapolis, IN
- Dallas, TX
- San Antonio, TX
I was surprised at the ranking of some of the cities on the list, primarily because I was surprised at some of the cities not on the list. Where are you Boston, New York, and Los Angeles? Why isn’t the state of Florida represented on the list? I’d love to know people were reading more than sitting in front of a TV or Internet browser…
According to the press release, here are some more interesting tidbits:
- This is the second year in a row Seattle was at the top of the list, and they were #1 in per capita purchases of books, magazines, and newspapers for both Kindle and print formats.
- The Girl on the Train, by Paula Hawkins, was the top-selling Kindle and print title for Portland, Austin, Tucson, Albuquerque, and San Diego. I’ve debated trying this one for a while…thoughts?
- The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing, by Marie Kondo, was the most-sold print title in Seattle, San Francisco, Tucson, and Albuquerque. Are the residents in these cities now more organized than the rest of us?
- Franklin Barbeque: A Meat-Smoking Manifesto, by Aaron Franklin and Jordan Mackay, was one of the top-selling print and Kindle titles for Austin. That one doesn’t surprise me, and I took a look at it and ordered a copy for myself.
- Adult coloring books were among the top-selling titles for residents of Denver, Las Vegas, San Diego, and Albuquerque. I’d never heard of adult coloring books until my high school daughter bought a few this past year (no surprise to people who know me) – they actually look kind of fun, and some of the completed pictures can look amazing. I won’t be trying them myself as I never could color in the lines.
- Amazon added a little humor to the press release by saying “what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas” as one of the 50 Shades of Grey books was the top-selling Kindle title in Las Vegas. Somehow, I am not surprised and it made me chuckle…
The press release had me look up a couple of these titles, which suckered me in to buying the Franklin Barbeque book mentioned above (makes me hungry as I type this now just thinking about it) as well as downloading the sample of The Girl on the Train to my Paperwhite to give it a shot soon. What about you?
Have a great rest of your week-
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