Kingston Named Top City for Love of Reading and Romance

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Amazon is welcoming the summer with the release of its fifth annual list of Canadian Cities that Love to Read in celebration of the country’s 150th anniversary.

The list was compiled using data across Canada between May 2016 to May 2017 from Amazon.ca – both print and Kindle e-books – on a per capita basis in cities with over 100,000 residents.

This year, Kingston came in at #2 in the list of top 20 cities. Saskatoon, Saskatchewan was determined to be the city that most likes to read, and second place Kingston was followed by Kelowna, British Columbia; Calgary, Alberta; and Vancouver, British Columbia (last year’s #1 city – and still the top city for buying print books) in the remaining top 5 communities.

Kingston was also named the top city for Love of Reading and Romance – having purchased the most romance books per capita of all the ranked communities. We were followed in that category by two other Ontario cities, Oshawa and Barrie.

Amazon is also marking Canada’s anniversary by putting together a list of “100 Canadian Books to Read in a Lifetime“, co-presented by The 49th Shelf.


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The compilation ranges from children’s books such as Virginia Wolf to food biographies and literary classics like Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale.

Visit Amazon.ca to find the “100 Canadian Books to Read in a Lifetime

Here is the list of Top 20 Canadian Cities that Love to Read by Amazon.ca.

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Kingston, Ontario
Kelowna, British Columbia
Calgary, Alberta
Vancouver, British Columbia
Langley, British Columbia
Regina, Saskatchewan
Edmonton, Alberta
Oakville, Ontario
Guelph, Ontario
Barrie, Ontario
London, Ontario
Kitchener, Ontario
Thornhill, Ontario
Burlington, Ontario
Oshawa, Ontario
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Cambridge, Ontario
Thunder Bay, Ontario
Richmond Hill, Ontario


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