Amazon.com issued a news release the other day that ranked Pittsburgh #13 on a list of the Most Well-Read Cities in America. Yay! Let’s give ourselves a big pat on the back for landing a spot on another bullsh*t list!
Before you get all excited and proud that Pittsburgh made it on this list, just remember, it doesn’t matter how much you read (or how many books you buy and never finish), what matters is the quality of the content you read. Amazon included ALL books, magazines, and newspaper sales in the formula to come up with the list. This means romance novels and travel guides were part of the equation too. Most well-read? Or most money spent ordering books on Amazon.com?
Most of the cities in the list have one thing in common… senior citizens. No offense to the elder individuals in the audience, but come on, older people do read a lot. They don’t go clubbing and hanging out with friends until 6 in the morning. They don’t spend all day tweeting and browsing blogs. They sit on their porch swings and read books about the Civil War.
A few more important notes about this list:
- This is based on Amazon sales and doesn’t include libraries and statistical data from other booksellers.
- The data is only calculating sales since January 2011 – not even 6 months of information.
- Only cities with more than 100,000 residents were ranked.