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Old 05-16-2012, 03:36 AM   #1
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Amazon's 2nd Annual "Most Well-Read Cities in America"

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Kicking off the summer reading season, Amazon.com, Inc. announced its annual list of the Most Well-Read Cities in America. The ranking was determined by compiling sales data of all book, magazine and newspaper sales in both print and Kindle format since June 1, 2011, on a per capita basis in cities with more than 100,000 residents.
Top 5
  • Alexandria, VA
  • Cambridge, MA
  • Berkeley, CA
  • Ann Arbor, MI
  • Boulder, CO
The rest of the Top 20 are in the news release, along with some interesting bits of trivia.

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Those are all cities with huge Universities, right?
In the case of Virginia I'm thinking Naval Academy, are there others?
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Old 05-16-2012, 05:33 AM   #3
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Those are all cities with huge Universities, right?
In the case of Virginia I'm thinking Naval Academy, are there others?
Alexandria is across the Potomac River from Washington D.C., the US Naval Academy is in Annapolis, Maryland.
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Old 05-16-2012, 09:05 AM   #4
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Old 05-16-2012, 11:55 AM   #5
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There are many Universities in the Metro DC area, Annapolis is normally not included in that mix because it is a bit further out. There is George Mason, George Washingotn, American University, Georgetown, and a whole host of others. I don't think any of them are located in Alexandria.

Northern Virginia tends to be very well represented on the list of richest districts in the US. There are quite a few individuals running around with fancy degrees who work for Contractors or the Government. It is not surprising that one of those cities would show up on a list like this.
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Old 05-16-2012, 01:20 PM   #6
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The news here in St Louis were making a big deal out of it, because we're 18th. Yay, we're beating Atlanta....
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Old 05-16-2012, 01:37 PM   #7
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I added a link to last year's list for comparison. The Top 5 are the same, except Cambridge and Alexandria switched places.
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Old 05-16-2012, 02:21 PM   #8
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Interesting list. I would've liked to have seen more factoids about the other cities on the list.
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Old 05-16-2012, 08:51 PM   #9
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I've not read the small print, but I would imagine this is just the cities with the most number of people buying from Amazon. As a resident (not a collage student) in Ann Arbor, I can tell you that we also have two independent bookstores (both with wonderful owners/sales people), a B&N (we used to have 3 Borders -- sigh), and uncounted used bookstores. And Ann Arbor is a pretty small city -- the entire population could fit in UM's football stadium with room to spare.

If there really was a contest for the most books read, I'd say bring it!
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Top 5
  • Alexandria, VA
  • Cambridge, MA
  • Berkeley, CA
  • Ann Arbor, MI
  • Boulder, CO
The rest of the Top 20 are in the news release, along with some interesting bits of trivia.

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Boulder is close enough for me. My son lives there as well.
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Old 05-16-2012, 10:31 PM   #11
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I've not read the small print, but I would imagine this is just the cities with the most number of people buying from Amazon. As a resident (not a collage student) in Ann Arbor, I can tell you that we also have two independent bookstores (both with wonderful owners/sales people), a B&N (we used to have 3 Borders -- sigh), and uncounted used bookstores. And Ann Arbor is a pretty small city -- the entire population could fit in UM's football stadium with room to spare.

If there really was a contest for the most books read, I'd say bring it!
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Old 05-16-2012, 10:34 PM   #12
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Boulder is close enough for me. My son lives there as well.
Seattle dropped from #9 to #13. We be getting dumber
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Seattle dropped from #9 to #13. We be getting dumber
Maybe monkey population decreasing? Humanoids takeing over?
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Maybe monkey population decreasing? Humanoids takeing over?
Well, if so, then at least Charlton Heston will be pleased.
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Well, if so, then at least Charlton Heston will be pleased.
I thought they had pried the gun from his dead cold hands.
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