May 26, 2011, 10:25 AM

Bookworms are thick on the ground in Cambridge, Amazon says

The Massachusetts city, home to Harvard and MIT, orders the most reading matter per capita.

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Which city reads the most? Cambridge, MA, home to Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, says Amazon.com Inc.

Amazon ranked the top 20 cities with at least 100,000 residents by their per capita purchases at Amazon.com since Jan. 1 of books, magazines and newspapers, either in printed or electronic form for Amazon’s Kindle electronic reader. Amazon is No. 1 in the Internet Retailer Top 500 Guide.

Cambridge ranked first overall and in orders of nonfiction books. Alexandria, VA, a northern Virginia suburb of the nation’s capital, came in second, and ranked first in purchases of children’s books. For good food and drink, head to Boulder, CO, whose residents bought the most books in the cooking, food and wine category.

Here are the top 20 cities in per capital reading matter purchases on Amazon since Jan. 1:

1.       Cambridge, MA

2.       Alexandria, VA

3.       Berkeley, CA

4.       Ann Arbor, MI

5.       Boulder, CO

6.       Miami

7.       Salt Lake City

8.       Gainesville, FL

9.       Seattle

10.   Arlington, VA

11.   Knoxville, TN

12.   Orlando, FL

13.   Pittsburgh

14.   Washington, DC

15.   Bellevue, WA

16.   Columbia, SC

17.   St. Louis

18.   Cincinnati

19.   Portland, OR

20.   Atlanta

"In anticipation of the summer reading season—one of our favorite times to catch up on pleasure reading and unwind with the new titles being published this season—we're excited to reveal the Most Well-Read City list," says Mari Malcolm, managing editor of books, Amazon.com. "We hope book lovers across the country enjoy this fun look at where the most voracious readers reside, and that everyone gets the chance to relax with some great summer reads."

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