Well done, bookworms!
For the second-straight year, Alexandria has claimed the top spot on Amazon’s list of the most well-read cities in America.
Amazon determines its ranking by compiling information of all book, magazine and newspaper sales in both print and Kindle format since June 1, 2012, to determine the top 20 most well-read U.S. cities.
The statistics are per capita, and the rankings include only municipalities of more than 100,000 residents.
“I think it’s great,” said Erin Barker of Hooray for Books in Old Town. “The nice thing about being in Alexandria and Old Town is that there really is a reading community and people that come into the store that support independence and literacy.”
Alexandria has finished no lower than second in the three-year history of the list.
Last year, Amazon revealed Alexandrians read more romance titles than anyone else. According to this year’s analysis, Gillian Flynn’s “Gone Girl” was the best-selling book in Alexandria since June 2012, followed by the three titles in E.L. James’ “Fifty Shades” trilogy.
The top 20 most well-read cities in the country are:
2. Knoxville, Tenn.
4. Cambridge, Mass.
5. Orlando, Fla.
6. Ann Arbor, Mich.
7. Berkeley, Calif.
9. Columbia, S.C.
11. St. Louis
12. Salt Lake City
14. Vancouver, Wash.
15. Gainesville, Fla.
17. Dayton, Ohio
19. Clearwater, Fla.
20. Tallahassee, Fla.
Arlington fell out of the list after placing seventh in 2012. Vancouver, Wash.; Dayton, Ohio; Clearwater, Fla.; and Tallahassee, Fla.; are all first-timers on the list.