My colleague Tracy Quinn McLennan forwarded me this article from this week’s AZ Daily Star (thanks, Tracy!)
Turns out that Tucson made the list of Top 20 Most Well-Read Cities in America. In fact, not only did we make the Top 10, we made the Top 5, coming it at #4!
According to Amazon’s press release, “The ranking was determined by compiling sales data of all book, magazine and newspaper sales in both print and Kindle format from April 2014 to April 2015, on a per capita basis in cities with more than 500,000 residents.”
Also according to the release, the top most well-read cities are:
1. Seattle, Washington
2. Portland, Oregon
3. Las Vegas, Nevada
4. Tucson, Arizona
5. Washington, D.C.
6. Austin, Texas
7. San Francisco, California
8. Albuquerque, New Mexico
9. Denver, Colorado
10. Louisville, Kentucky
Here’s some additional tidbits from the Amazon news release:
* Washington, D.C. residents prefer print books, and finished ahead of Seattle as the city with the most purchases of print books.
* California loves to read: it has three cities in the top 20 this year
* Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn was the top-selling title in seven of the top 20 cities, including Tucson.
You can check out the full Amazon press release here.
PS: Where did your city finish? Tell me in the comments section below!