D.C. stays old-school, buys more print books than any U.S. city

WASHINGTON — Washington, D.C. buys more print books than any other city in America and is the fifth most well-read city overall, Amazon says.

Seattle, Washington, (home to Amazon’s headquarters) topped the list, with Portland, Oregon, bringing in second. Baltimore also made the list at No. 12. 

The list ranks the top 20 cities in terms of sales per capita among cites of 500,000 or more. Book, magazine and newspaper sales are all assessed, including both print and Kindle purchases. D.C. led the nation in print purchases, while Seattle bought the most Kindle editions.

Virginia is supposed to be for lovers, but when it comes to books, that title goes to Las Vegas. Vegas, which came in third on the list overall, purchased more romance novels than anywhere else.

California is the most well-read state, with three cities (San Francisco, San Diego and San Jose) on the list. Gone Girl was the top-seller in seven of the top 20 cities, including Baltimore.

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