Living up to a slogan like the Greatest City in America is a tall order. But The City That Reads? That seems doable. And, as new data from Amazon shows, it’s actually possible to quantify.
The internet retail giant ranked Baltimore as the 12th best-read city in the country in a new list released this week. It’s not exact. Instead of books that a city has collectively read, it’s actually based on the number of books that a city has collectively bought from Amazon. Suspiciously, the city where Amazon is headquartered — Seattle — came out on top. Maybe that same-day delivery will give us a competitive edge, after all.
Amazon also parsed the data to see what books these well-read city residents were reading. Move over Anne Tyler, Laura Lippman, Nora Roberts and Tom Clancy. In Baltimore, the most-bought book of the year was Gone Girl.
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