Vancouver Most Well-Read City in Canada

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Today, Amazon.ca for the first time revealed its list of the Most Well-Read Cities in Canada. After compiling sales data of all Amazon.ca book sales in print and Kindle formats since June 1, 2012, on a per capita basis in cities with more than 100,000 residents, the Top 20 Most Well-Read Cities in Canada are:

  1. Vancouver, British Columbia
  2. Calgary, Alberta
  3. Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
  4. Edmonton, Alberta
  5. Regina, Saskatchewan
  6. London, Ontario
  7. Toronto, Ontario
  8. Ottawa, Ontario
  9. Winnipeg, Manitoba
  10. Kitchener, Ontario
  11. Burnaby, British Columbia
  12. Mississauga, Ontario
  13. Gatineau, Quebec
  14. Windsor, Ontario
  15. Richmond, British Columbia
  16. Markham, Ontario
  17. Surrey, British Columbia
  18. Halifax, Nova Scotia
  19. Hamilton, Ontario
  20. Brampton, Ontario

In taking a closer look at the data, Amazon.ca also found:

  • A Hub for Entrepreneurs: Not only the number one Well-Read City in Canada, Vancouver is breeding a population of entrepreneurs. This locale topped the list for ordering the most books in the Business & Investing category. In fact, the top title purchased overall by Vancouverites was StrengthsFinder 2.0 by Tom Rath.
  • Loving Canadian Authors: Saskatonians showed their Canadian pride by buying the most novels written by Canadian authors. Saskatoon residents’ favourite Canadian novel was 419: A Novel by Will Ferguson.  Ferguson’s novel was also recognized by Amazon.ca Book editors as one of the Best Books of the Year in 2012.
  • Hungry for Travel: Locals in Vancouver; Calgary; and Toronto are on the hunt for their next vacation destination. These locals are buying the most travel-related books. While Vancouverites were looking for local hiking trips—the most popular book purchased was 103 Hikes in Southwestern British Columbia by Jack Bryceland, residents inCalgary were looking for fun in the sun with the most popular travel book being Maui Revealed: The Ultimate Guidebook by Andrew Doughty and Leona Boyd. Toronto locals, on the other hand, were looking for great weekend trips with their most popular book being The New York Times 36 Hours: 150 Weekends in the USA & Canada byBarbara Ireland.
  • Kindle Readers Love Romance Novels: Locals in Saskatoon downloaded the most Kindle books. The most popular Kindle title for Saskatonians was romance novel Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks.

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