Stuff On Sundays: The Most Well-Read Cities in Australia


Bookworld, Australia’s biggest bookstore, has released the annual list of the most well-read cities in Australia for 2013-14, with some interesting results.

Canberra topped the list for the second year in a row, with Melbourne, a UNESCO City of Literature, making the most movement from last year jumping from #7 to #2. New additions to the Top 10 list, which is compiled using sales data of over 500,000 Australian customers over the past year, include Newcastle and Sydney.

Australia’s most well-read cities, in the correct order, are:
1. Canberra – Queanbeyan
2. Melbourne
3. Geelong
4. Newcastle – Maitland
5. Brisbane
6. Toowoomba
7. Sunshine Coast
8. Sydney
9. Adelaide
10. Hobart

Some quick and interesting facts from our research:

* Canberra was again the literary capital of the year, as the only city to have 4 literary titles making the top 10, with Eyrie by Tim Winton topping the sales list.
* Perth and Darwin dropped out of the Top 10 to #13 and #17 respectively
* In a marked departure from last year’s trends, the only city still reading 50 Shades of Grey is Brisbane…
* The Sunshine Coast was the most interested in health and food books – with The Fast Diet and Make Peace with Your Plate the two bestselling books
* Toowoomba proves its family focus with the most kids book sales for any of the cities
* Newcastle-Maitland debuted onto the list at #4 with sales of Boganaire: The Rise and Fall of Nathan  Tinkler, about the Hunter Valley Region self-made billionaire, boosting their position
* Geelong moved up one position to #3 thanks to Hold the Line: My Story by Matthew Scarlett, local Geelong Cats superstar
* Save with Jamie was the number one book overall, appearing in the Top 10 for every city and topping the list in 5 cities
* A Game Of Thrones Box Set and The Fast Diet were the only other books to make it onto all lists The most popular kids book was Diary of a Wimpy Kid Book 8: Hard Luck, following by YA novel The Fault in our Stars.
* Canberra was also the most fond of eBooks, topping the list for eBook sales with Burial Rites and The Cuckoo’s Calling the most popular downloads
* Burial Rites was the clear superstar in ebooks, coming in as the most downloaded eBook ebook in 7 out of the 10 cities.

The ranking was based on sales data from Bookworld in eBook and physical book format, from July 2013 – July 2014, on a per capita basis of Australian cities with a population of over 100,000. About Bookworld: Bookworld is Australia’s fastest growing online bookstore with over 500,000 existing customers. It offers books, eBooks, CDs, DVDs and gifts at low prices, giving Australians a viable local option to the major international companies. It offers free delivery on all orders, an Amazon Price Guarantee and is a local Australian company. Bookworld also owns the Angus & Robertson online store.



5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. writenote1
    Sep 28, 2014 @ 16:23:41

    Perth! What happened? *shakes head*

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  2. rlsharpe
    Sep 28, 2014 @ 19:15:21

    Very interesting stats. Thanks for sharing. Glad to see my city on the list 🙂



  3. Tracey
    Sep 28, 2014 @ 19:21:35

    Loved reading these stats, go Melbourne!



  4. readingwritingandriesling
    Sep 28, 2014 @ 19:52:17

    Perth – misses out on so much 😦 Where are all the crime readers in these stats?



  5. laurelrainsnow
    Sep 28, 2014 @ 22:57:27

    Amazing stats! Thanks for sharing…and enjoy your books!



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