Miami Is the Second Best Read City In the Country, Amazon Says

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Alex Markow
Bookleggers and O, Miami: Just a few ways Miamians get lit.
So people in Miami are stupid, huh? Miamians aren't educated, eh? People in this city are barely literate, you say?

Sit down, haters. Amazon.com begs to differ.

The online retailer (which, old folks may remember, once primarily sold books) has ranked Miami at number two in its annual list of best-read cities.

The annual rankings are based on sales of books, magazines, and newspapers through Amazon, in both print and Kindle format, between April 2013 and April 2014. The ranking assessed cities with 100,000 residents or higher.

Alexandria, Virginia, edged out Miami for the top spot -- no surprise, as it's that city's third year in first place. But Florida's well represented in the top 20. Orlando came in at number five; Gainesville ranks at number 16; Clearwater at 18; and Tallahassee rounded out the list at 20th place.

Of course, it's not surprising that Miamians read. This city is home to one of the biggest book fairs in the country, and hosts book events almost every single day. The O, Miami Poetry Festival finds new ways to expose the average South Floridian to the written word in each of its incarnations. And plans for a new publishing house in town point to further development of Miami's literary scene.

In fact, Miami's second-place finish on this list is kind of a downer. It doesn't mean Miamians read more than people in other cities; it only means that Miamians buy more reading materials from Amazon, rather than their local bookstores. It's hard to beat the convenience of downloading a novel to your iPhone, but showing up and browsing the shelves at, say, Books & Books, or trading your stuff at Bookleggers, or buying a poet's book at an O, Miami event helps those businesses continue to stage literary events. You might even have a meaningful conversation with a fellow reader in the process.

Not that there's anything wrong with reading stuff on a screen. Especially if it's, um, this blog. Hey, we're local!

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Mrinvestor2u
Mrinvestor2u

This is good news since most students in Miami can't add and subtract nor can they read.


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Sue Ryan
Sue Ryan

What Christie said! There are almost NO booksellers in the NE part of Miami, we used to have a Borders and a Barnes & Noble just a couple of years ago. Now we have one Books and Books which I believe is still in the Bal Harbour Shops. It really is a damn shame. Of course we have to order from Amazon, we have no other option.

Christie Ewell
Christie Ewell

There is exactly one bookstore in Kendall that sells new. One. There used to be five, at least, and two or more in the Culter Ridge area. I support my locals, but sometimes I have to buy from Amazon. The most southernmost in the area is West Kendall. There is nothing that sells new past Kendall Drive. THAT'S a damn shame.

Christina M Cruz
Christina M Cruz

It's not how much they buy, it's what they read that's keeping them dumb lol

Maite Jerez Robles
Maite Jerez Robles

Eric Robles with the lack of bookstores in the area, we have no choice but to get from amazon, hence the skewed data. Don't be fooled. This is NOT a literary town.

Chgo Dave
Chgo Dave

it seems like there's no more American pride ? $$$$$ I always try to buy for my local community= it's called being a good citizen to my community...... our societies didn't used to be like this ¿

Seth_Singson
Seth_Singson

Only reason Gainesville is lower is because the students would rather buy their books from local bookstores or for free at the library than just going online.

Carl Snyder
Carl Snyder

if you include hustler, sports illustrated, car and driver, penthouse....maybe.

Brandon Berretta
Brandon Berretta

Didn't know how you'd spin a negative on this but you did ... Well done negative Nancy... Well done!

Oscar Vidal
Oscar Vidal

Amazon Started in Miami in a pincrest Garage ironic Now Bezos is one of richest men in world.

Julie Anne Isaacson
Julie Anne Isaacson

I am an avid reader. I am addicted to reading books, but I do not like e-books. Here in SOBE there is only one book store which does not have a very good selection of paperbacks so I am forced to buy online. I would prefer to support our local bookstore, but they need more books for regular folks...

Ingrid M. Gonzalez-Castillo
Ingrid M. Gonzalez-Castillo

I love my bookstore, and as much as I'd love to support them all the time, $17.99 for a paperback I can get online for $3 is hardly helping the situation.

Gary McFly
Gary McFly

I bet the majority of the book/magazine sales are for people decorating a shelf than actually reading them. #Selfie

Joseph Mazon
Joseph Mazon

Yes we read! and we read in multiple languages, TAKE THAT ONE! Yankees! LOL

Sophie Blachet
Sophie Blachet

Do we still have bookstore in Miami ? Well no, the rent is so high that nobody can afford it !

Leonel Rojas
Leonel Rojas

Since I only buy e books it's true that I haven't stepped in a bookstore in ages.

Yen Fig
Yen Fig

Ok honestly though, who wouldn't? It's half the price and ships in a couple of days. Takes me that long to find a parking space at books and books, which is what like, the ONLY local book store anyway? So get off it.

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