Online bookstore and retailer Amazon.com revealed today (June 10) its second-annual list of most well-read cities in Canada, and leading the pack is Calgary, Alberta.
The list, which includes 20 cities across the country, is based on sales data of all Amazon.com book sales for both print and Kindle formats between May 2013 and 2014.
Vancouver, which placed first in last year’s list, slipped to second place in 2014. Other B.C. cities named included Burnaby at number 11, Richmond at 15, and Surrey at 17.
Ontario cities appeared the most number of times on the list, occupying nine of the 20 spots. London, Ontario, which was ranked sixth, fared better than Toronto and Ottawa, which came in seventh and ninth place, respectively.
Meanwhile, Canadian prairie cities Saskatoon, Regina, and Edmonton rounded out the top-five spots on the list.
One major Canadian city was noticeably missing from the list: Montreal, which also did not appear on the list in 2013, was not included this year. The only city in Quebec to make the list was Gatineau. Halifax, Nova Scotia, which placed 19th was the only city located in Atlantic Canada that appeared.
According to an Amazon.com news release, the most popular genres in Canada’s most well-read city were science-fiction and self-help books. Calgary residents ordered the most digital books, while Vancouver readers purchased the most print books. The most popular book purchased in Calgary last year was Solomon Northup’s Twelve Years a Slave, a story that also happened to win the Oscar for Best Picture at the 2014 Academy Awards.
In Vancouver, the top book purchased was Soul Healing Miracles: Ancient and New Sacred Wisdom, Knowledge, and Practical Techniques for Healing the Spiritual, Mental, Emotional, and Physical Bodies by Zhi Gang Sha. The book provides readers with spiritual wisdom and techniques for soul enlightenment.
Amazon.com's top-20 most well-read cities in Canada 2014:
1. Calgary, Alberta
2. Vancouver, British Columbia
3. Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
4. Regina, Saskatchewan
5. Edmonton, Alberta
6. London, Ontario
8. Winnipeg, Manitoba
9. Ottawa, Ontario
10. Kitchener, Ontario
11. Burnaby, British Columbia
12. Mississauga, Ontario
13. Gatineau, Quebec
14. Windsor, Ontario
15. Richmond, British Columbia
17. Surrey, British Columbia
18. Brampton, Ontario
19. Halifax, Nova Scotia
20. Hamilton, Ontario