Announces the Most Well-Read Cities in America Announces the Most Well-Read Cities in America

 Alexandria, Va. tops the list for the second year in a row; Knoxville, Tenn.
                     and Miami, Fla. come in at #2 and #3

Business Wire

SEATTLE -- April 24, 2013

(NASDAQ: AMZN)— today announced its third 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, 2012, on a per capita basis in cities with more than 100,000
residents. The Top 20 Most Well-Read Cities are:

1.Alexandria, Va.
2.Knoxville, Tenn.
3.Miami, Fla.
4.Cambridge, Mass.
5.Orlando, Fla.
6.Ann Arbor, Mich.
7.Berkeley, Calif.
8.Cincinnati, Ohio
9.Columbia, S.C.
10.Pittsburgh, Penn.
11.St. Louis, Mo.
12.Salt Lake City, Utah
13.Seattle, Wash.
14.Vancouver, Wash.
15.Gainesville, Fla.
16.Atlanta, Ga.
17.Dayton, Ohio
18.Richmond, Va.
19.Clearwater, Fla.
20.Tallahassee, Fla.

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

  *Welcome to the club: Vancouver, Wash., Dayton, Ohio, Clearwater, Fla. and
    Tallahassee, Fla. are all new on the list this year.
  *Knoxville, Tenn. made the biggest gain this year, jumping from the #12
    spot in 2012 to #2 this year. Knoxville residents also purchased the most
    books in the Romance category—top titles include Fifty Shades of Grey and
    Married by Mistake.
  *Blockbuster novel Gone Girl was the best-selling book overall in
    Alexandria, Va., followed by the three titles in the Fifty Shades trilogy.
  *Cambridge, Mass. continues to grow the most budding entrepreneurs. This
    locale topped the list for ordering the most books in the Business &
    Investing category, as well as overall nonfiction, with the top titles
    purchased being Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss What Matters Most
    and StrengthsFinder 2.0.

“The results of our annual Most Well-Read Cities list is proof that people
across the country are reading, and also that we’re still seeing the
popularity of Fifty Shades of Grey,” said Sara Nelson, Editorial Director of
Books and Kindle. “It’s fun for us to see facts like the citizens of Cambridge
are buying the most books in the business category or that one of our favorite
novels of 2012, Gone Girl, is the best-selling book in the Most Well-Read
City, Alexandria.”

To help contribute to their city’s well-read status and find their next great
read, customers can visit and

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