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
4. Newcastle – Maitland
7. Sunshine Coast
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.