Knoxville reads a lot – Amazon ranks city 3rd nationally

Marble City residents love their Kindles, according to Amazon.

Their list of most well-read cities, based on data collected from April 2013 to April 2014, says Knoxville downloads the most Kindle books on its list. The release:

1. Alexandria, Va.

2. Miami, Fla.

3. Knoxville, Tenn.

4. Seattle, Wash.

5. Orlando, Fla.

6. Ann Arbor, Mich.

7. Berkeley, Calif.

8. Cambridge, Mass.

9. Cincinnati, Ohio

10. Columbia, S.C.

See that? What’s up now, Cambridge?! Really this is only based on Amazon sales, and it means that Knoxville just buys a bunch of stuff from there. I’ll trade bookstores with Cambridge any day, which, I’m betting, is where a lot of Harvard and M.I.T. people buy their books.

Nonetheless, it’s a good indicator that reading is not dead. Not yet. Heck, as someone who relies on people who read so that I can keep the lights on, pay student loans and debt from those early newspaper gigs, ANYONE who reads is good by me. That just means that someone may pick up a newspaper, and, golly, maybe even buy one. Thanks, as always, readers.

More from the release:

Inferno by Dan Brown was the best-selling book overall in Alexandria, Va., followed by Divergent by Veronica Roth and The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt. Divergent was the most-read book by Goodreads users in Alexandria.
• While Alexandria, Va. bought the most books overall, Cambridge, Mass. bought the most print books, and Knoxville, Tenn. purchased the most Kindle books.
•Seattle, Wash.—home to’s corporate headquarters—made the biggest gain this year, jumping from the #13 spot in 2013 to #4.
•Cambridge, Mass. continues to grow more budding entrepreneurs than any other city, ordering the most books in the Business & Investing category. Top titles include Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman and perennial best seller StrengthsFinder 2.0 by Tom Rath.
• Looking only at cities with more than 1 million residents, San Diego, Calif. is the most well-read

Speaking of not being dead yet …


About Gerald

A journalist in Knoxville, TN. Work (mostly) inside and play (mostly) outside. I'm a part of the X or the Y generation. None of us claim the other.
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