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:
- 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
- In a marked departure from last year’s trends, the only city still reading 50 Shades of Grey is Brisbane
- Perth and Darwin dropped out of the Top 10 to #13 and #17 respectively
- 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
- The most popular kids book was Diary of a Wimpy Kid Book 8: Hard Luck, followed by YA novel The Fault in our Stars
- Burial Rites was the clear superstar in ebooks, coming in as the most downloaded eBook ebook in 7 out of the 10 cities
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