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Amazon: the most well-read cities in America are also the most romantic

Amazon released its "Most Well-Read Cities in America" list this week and guess what? It mirrors its "Most Romantic Cities in America" list from 2010.

According to, Cambridge, Mass., is both one of America's best-read cities – and one its most romantic.

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Web-commerce giant published its "Most Well-Read Cities in America" list this week, with Cambridge, Mass., topping the list. A similar list released by Amazon in February 2010, ranked the "Top 20 Most Romantic Cities in America." The two lists varied by only two cities.

According to Amazon, the cities on the most-well-read list were determined by "compiling sales data of all book, magazine and newspaper sales in both print and Kindle formats since Jan. 1 on a per capita basis in cities with more than 100,00 residents." The leaders were Cambridge, Mass.; Alexandria, Va.; and Berkeley, Calif.

In 2010 when it released its "Top 20 Most Romantic Cities in America" list, Amazon said that ranking was based on sales data from books, music, and sexual wellness categories, including romance novels, sex and relationship books, romantic comedy DVDs, Barry White CDs and sexual wellness products. Topping that list were Alexandria, Va.; Miami; and Cambridge, Mass.

The only variations were Tallahassee, Fla., and Columbia, Mo, which appear on the well-read list but are replaced by Portland, Ore., and St. Louis, on the most-romantic list. Which raises the question: Do these lists prove anything other than the fact that Amazon has a heavy customer base in these cities?


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