Amazon: Knoxville is the third most well-read city

(WBIR) Knoxville is the third most-well read city in America, according to

Not only did Knoxville snag the No. 3 spot for book, magazine and newspaper sales, it also was No. 1 for most Kindle book purchases. Last year, Knoxville was the second most-well read city, but this year, Miami, Fla. took the No. 2 spot.

Amazon named Alexandria, Va. the most well-read city in the U.S. Seattle, Wash. was ranked below Knoxville at No. 4.

Knoxville also purchased the most books in the "Romance" category last year. The most popular in 2013 were E.L. James' Fifty Shades of Gray and Abby Gaines' Married by Mistake. No word if Knoxville bought the most romance books this year.

This the fourth year Amazon released its "Most Well-Read Cities" list. The online retail giant determined the ranking from compiling sales data on all book, magazine and newspaper sales in both print and Kindle formats from April 2013 to April 2014. Amazon only analyzed cities with more than 100,000 residents.

Of course, it's unclear if everyone read what they purchased. For example, Stephen Hawking's A Brief History of Time was a major bestseller, boasting more than 10 million copies sold since if first hit the shelves in 1988. But Hawking's book is also known as one of the "most bought, least read book," according to Time magazine.

Full list:

1. Alexandria, Va.

2. Miami, Fla.

3. Knoxville, Tenn.

4. Seattle, Wash.

5. Orlando, Fla.

6. Ann Arbor, Mich.

7. Berkeley, Calif.

8. Cambridge, Mass.

9. Cincinnati, Ohio

10. Columbia, S.C.

11. St. Louis, Mo.

12. Pittsburgh, Penn.

13. Vancouver, Wash.

14. Salt Lake City, Utah

15. Atlanta, Ga.

16. Gainesville, Fla.

17. Dayton, Ohio

18. Clearwater, Fla.

19. Richmond, Va.

20. Tallahassee, Fla.


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