Amazon.ca Reveals the Most Well-Read Cities in Canada [LIST]

Amazon.ca today has unveiled today for the first time its Most Well-Read Cities in Canada–check out the top 20 list below:

  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

The list is based on book sales in both print and Kindle formats since June 1 of last year, on a per-capita basis in cities with over 100,000 people. Below is some other interesting data compiled by Amazon.ca:

  • 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 in Calgary 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 by Barbara 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.

Today Amazon also released an update to the Kindle iOS app to bring a new Free Sample Search to allow for sample downloads from the app, which allows customers to read their purchases right on their iOS devices.

 

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Earlier this year Amazon.ca brought the Kindle Paperwhite and Kindle Fire HD tablets to Canada. Are you currently buying your books from Amazon?

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  • tim

    The list is more indicative of communities where Amazon is popular I would think. Perhaps cities not on the list have better public library systems or other incentives to get their reading material. I’m suggesting the correlation is totally bunk, but a better name for it would be Amazon’s top Canadian customers (by city).

  • tim

    *NOT suggesting… that should read

  • robotomy fromotommy

    Maybe it just proves that smarter people prefer Kobo to Kindle….