Kingston #1 in Amazon’s List of Canadian Cities that Love to Read

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Kingston has been named the top city in Amazon Canada’s newest List of Canadian Cities that Love to Read.

The company’s sixth annual list looks at print and Kindle e-book sales from Amazon.ca between May 2017 and May 2018 on a per capita basis in Canadian cities that have over 100,000 residents.

Not only is Kingston the top city overall for print and kindle e-book sales, we were also #1 in purchasing romance novels. No surprise, as Kingston has often been called one of the most romantic Canadian cities based on reading habits and our local restaurants.

Vancouver, the top city in Amazon’s list last year, fell to the number 3 spot but remains tops when counting who buys the most soft and hard cover physical books.

Amazon reports Kingston led the pack by purchasing more in the fiction literature, textbooks, history, medical and law categories, while number 2 city Waterloo bought the most science and math, computers and technology, and technical professional books.

Mayor Bryan Paterson posted a video this afternoon to show an unboxing of the trophy from Amazon Canada, writing “Check it out Kingston – we secured the top spot on Amazon’s List of Canadian Cities that Love to Read! Proud to be a part of a community that loves reading!”


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Here’s the full list of 2018’s Top 20 Canadian Cities that Love to Read:

1. Kingston, Ontario
2. Waterloo, Ontario (new in 2018)
3. Vancouver, British Columbia
4. Kelowna, British Columbia
5. Langley, British Columbia

6. Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
7. Calgary, Alberta
8. Oakville, Ontario
9. Regina, Saskatchewan
10. Edmonton, Alberta

11. Red Deer, Alberta (new in 2018)
12. Guelph, Ontario
13. Burlington, Ontario
14. London, Ontario
15. Delta, British Columbia (new in 2018)

16. Oshawa, Ontario
17. Kitchener, Ontario
18. Barrie, Ontario
19. Winnipeg, Manitoba
20. Thornhill, Ontario