The top 10 most well read cities in America

Which cities top out as best read? Or, at least according to which compiled sales data for cities over 100,000 and came up with this top 10 list:

1. Cambridge, Mass.

2. Alexandria, Va.

3. Berkeley, Calif.

4. Ann Arbor, Mich.

5. Boulder, Colo.

6. Miami

7. Salt Lake City

8. Gainesville, Fla.

9. Seattle

10. Arlington, Va.

Not surprisingly, most of these cities are big college towns. But Cincinnati was ranked  #18, and Alexandria, VA is hardly a hub for universities. Some more fun facts from Amazon:

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

  • Not only do they like to read, but they like to know the facts: Cambridge, Mass.--home to the prestigious Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology--also topped the list of cities that ordered the most nonfiction books.
  • Boulder, Colo., lives up to its reputation as a healthy city by topping the list of cities that order the most books in the Cooking, Food & Wine category.
  • Alexandria, Va., residents must be reading a lot of bedtime stories - they topped the list of the city that orders the most children's books.
  • Summer reading weather all year long? Florida was the state with the most cities in the Top 20, with Miami, Gainesville and Orlando making the list.
Will there be such a thing as "books" 50 years from now? No doubt they will survive in some form. But it appears, sadly, the bookstores are going the way of the mom and pop grocery store. Libraries will be virtual repositories for digitized manuscripts. You will probably be able to carry every book you own on your personal computing device. Will home builders even bother to build home libraries?

Sometimes what we gain from change does not offset what we lose.

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