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Amazon Names Top 20 Canadian Cities that Love to Read

Monday, June 18th, 2018 — 9:25am PDT
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Today, a new city was crowned the monarch on Amazon Canada’s list of Canadian Cities that Love to Read as Kingston, Ontario received the top spot in the sixth annual list. In second place, and appearing for the first time ever on the list, is another Ontario city, Waterloo. The list looks at print and Kindle e-book sales from on a per capita basis in Canadian cities with more than 100,000 residents from May 2017 to May 2018.

Top Canadian Cities That Love to Read

Top 20 Canadian Cities that Love to Read

*New in 2018

1. Kingston, Ontario
2. Waterloo, Ontario*
3. Vancouver, BC
4. Kelowna, BC
5. Langley, BC
6. Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
7. Calgary, Alberta
8. Oakville, Ontario
9. Regina, Saskatchewan
10. Edmonton, Alberta
11. Red Deer, Alberta*
12. Guelph, Ontario
13. Burlington, Ontario
14. London, Ontario
15. Delta, BC*
16. Oshawa, Ontario
17. Kitchener, Ontario
18. Barrie, Ontario
19. Winnipeg, Manitoba
20. Thornhill, Ontario

Top Canadian Cities That Love to Read

Taking a closer look at the data Amazon Canada revealed the top two cities are home to some of Ontario’s leading post-secondary institutions. Kingston led the way in the fiction literature, textbooks, history, medical and law categories, while Waterloo residents purchased the most science and math, computers and technology, and technical professional books

For the second year in a row, Vancouver and Cambridge took the cake as the top cities that purchased the most cookbooks. Vancouverites lead in categories pertaining to health and fitness, social sciences, self-help, travel and arts and photography.

When it comes to romance novels, no one is quite as passionate as Kingston, Oshawa and Barrie, remaining in the top three spots for a second year.

Even though Vancouver has dropped to number three in the overall rankings, they have taken the top spot as the city that purchases the most physical books, proving that they are loyal to hardcovers and paperbacks.

To start preparing your own summer reading list, visit Amazon Books and Amazon Kindle Books.

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I have a new Kindle Oasis to give away courtesy of Amazon! Here’s how you can enter to win:

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I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Sunday, June 24, 2018.

Update The winner is Marcus!

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  1. Michael B says:

    I would love to win this Kindle! Thanks for the chance 🙂

  2. Elizabeth says:

    Nice to see Vancouver so high on this list. A new Kindle would be great for my summertime reading!

  3. Melissa says:

    I love reading!

  4. Ashley Banbury says:

    I love that Vancouverites buy health/diet/fitness! So like the ‘couve! I would love a kindle too!!

  5. leana says:

    I love to read and a Kindle would make it so much easier. No more lugging around heavy books camping!

  6. Kirsten says:

    I would love to win a Kindle! Thanks for the contest!

  7. Megan says:

    I love the feel of physical books, but the Kindle would be a great way to be more environmentally conscious!

  8. jan says:

    great news all around

  9. Mike K says:

    i want the kindle to read my e books

  10. Kelly says:

    Good to see Kelowna up there on the reading list! Would love a Kindle to celebrate.

  11. AlexM says:

    I’d love one of these for my bus commutes!

  12. Theresa P says:

    I’ve lived in both Vancouver and Delta! Both great places to live!

  13. Donna L says:

    This would be great to take to the lake!

  14. Sean says:

    I could make use of that!

  15. Meg says:

    I love to read, and would love be the new Kindle Oasis

  16. Linda says:

    This is fantastic! I could read a lot more books this way.

  17. Jeff says:

    Would love to win this contest!

  18. Iain says:

    A gift to myself that keeps giving!

  19. Marcus W says:

    Love my kindle, and would love this one even more.

  20. Christine W says:

    I love to read – and having a Kindle would be amazing!

  21. wen says:

    Great for a reader! Tnx

  22. Kay says:

    Love reading!

  23. Jason B says:

    Who doesn’t like to read…Donald Trump?

  24. Zoe says:

    This would be such a treat!

  25. Cindy says:

    My daughter would love this!

  26. Ariel C says:

    would love to win, thanks!

  27. adam steele says:

    great prize, thx!

  28. Shelley Butcher says:

    I love to read! And would love to win! 📚

  29. yvonne says:

    Nice to see Vancouver’s #3 on this list.

  30. Anita W. says:

    My kids keep borrowing my Kindle when I want to read it. Would love this for our family!

  31. Eileen says:

    I love my ebooks…a new Kindle would be perfect for me!

  32. Iris says:

    I love my local library for books but a Kindle would be great for summer boating and camping. Happy Reading everyone.

  33. Alayne Langford says:

    I live close to Kingston so I would like to think that I am one of those passionate readers! 🙂 I would love the Kindle, as it may help me get through even more books this summer! 🙂 Thank you for the chance! @AlayneLangford

  34. Linda Webster says:

    I love to read and would be so pleased to win the Kindle Oasis. I’d be able to carry my own library with me!

  35. Michelle L. says:

    Yay Vancouver! Of course we’re on the list, thanks for posting this Rebecca!

  36. Natalie says:

    Books are my favourite way to spend a break, lunch or evening!

  37. Marina says:

    This would help me for back to school in Sept

  38. Kirsten says:

    I have just been looking for a new Kindle! Had a good laugh about the genre of books most purchased in Vancouver. Thanks for the contest. 🙂

  39. Donald says:

    I never tried an E-reader. I’m use to old fashion hard cover books and paperbacks.

  40. Don says:

    A great way to take some reading with you

  41. Shirley S says:

    I would love to win a Kindle Oasis! Thanks for the opportunity!

  42. Ashley says:

    Omg this would be amazing! My iPad is too old to download amazon reader so I need something else for my books, so I can finally read them!

  43. Kim C says:

    I’ve been looking for an e-reader for my husband. This would make a great anniversary gift!

  44. Tina L. says:

    I would love an e-reader for my transit commute.

  45. Angela says:

    I’d love to win a Kindle!!!

  46. Angela says:

    A Kindle is an awesome prize!

  47. Tabby72 says:

    I love to read and would love to try out a Kindle! Thanks!

  48. ANA MILOSAVIC says:

    I would love this prize! Amazing!

  49. Tammy Klym-Wolfe says:

    I’m from Langley and love to read!

  50. Greg says:

    I would love to have a Kindle!

  51. Jen says:

    my Kobo is so old and busted – it’s been so well loved! Curious about Kindle

  52. Mark Nicolas says:

    I want this so badly

  53. Anna says:

    I would LOVE to win one of these… and my boyfriend would love me to win one of these so I don’t keep stealing his!!! Hahaha

  54. Kristyn says:

    I have never owned a e-reader and think it would be an amazing upgrade, thanks for the giveaway!

  55. hyo says:

    I love reading!

  56. kim says:

    I want this!

  57. kim says:

    I love reading.

  58. dane says:


  59. Kam says:

    This would be awesome to have during summer travels!

  60. Cynthia Bishop says:

    I lost my ereader just yesterday. I had hundreds of books ready to be re visited and to meet for the very first time. I feel lost without my beautiful friend and constant companion.

  61. Kara Huston says:

    I read alllllll the time, and it would be even better and easier on a Kindle! I’m a teacher and will be off for the summer so this would be a good way to relax. Thanks!

  62. Ruby says:

    would love to win!

  63. em says:

    this would be great to use at the cottage instead of carrying several books

  64. Andy says:

    I would love to win 🙂

  65. Karen Miller says:

    I’d love it!

  66. Denise says:

    Love to see Vancouver and Langley as number 3 and 5 on reading list

  67. Ann says:

    So read-y to win

  68. Mei LING LIU says:

    would love to win thanks

  69. Krystal says:

    This would be so great! I’ve been thinking about getting an e-reader for a while now.

  70. Jeanette says:

    Thank you for this contest. I’d love to win a kindle!


    Yes, please! Thank you!

  72. Jo says:

    Wow! 3 BC cities in the top 5!

  73. Aindrea says:

    Always thought I would enjoy a kindle…

  74. Emma says:

    been thinking about getting a new e-reader!

  75. Esther Allard says:

    I would love to win!

  76. Shelley says:

    It doesn’t surprise me that Vancouver is one of the cities that purchase the most cook books and lead in the category of health and fitness. We’re a bunch of food loving fitness lovers! The Kindle Oasis looks awesome. Thanks Amazon and Miss 604 for the chance to win.

  77. Jeanne says:

    Love to win this prize

  78. Lori Mezzomo says:

    I would LOVE to continue reading on a new Kindle eReader!

  79. Debbie F says:

    The first ebook I would buy is the Stephen King novel – The Outsider

  80. Joyce says:

    Would love to be entered, thank you!

  81. Season Lau says:

    Reading- food for the brain

  82. Phyllis W. says:

    Love to read! Would love to own a Kindle!

  83. Lori says:

    Great to Vancouver on the list.

  84. Lori says:

    Great to Vancouver on the list and would be amazing to get a new kindle

  85. Robin Woolmer says:

    Looking forward to a relaxing summer of quiet reading.

  86. Ian says:

    Reading, what’s not to like?

  87. Christine says:

    This would be awesome!

  88. Mariette Baynton says:

    I’ve never had any e-reader so this would be amazing. It would definitely encourage me to read me, especially when I travel.

  89. Jill says:

    Perfect for the lake.

  90. David says:

    We are a family of readers. Great giveaway!

  91. Meredith says:

    I take my kids to the library at least once a week but wouldn’t say “no” if we won this!

  92. Sunshine G says:

    We spend a lot of time at the library, and this would be fantastic for travelling!

  93. Sandra says:

    I would love the opportunity to win a Kindle Oasis. Thank you for this chance! 🤗

  94. Kiran says:

    I’m a teacher going on summer break. The kindle would be a great way to spend my days 🙂

  95. Laura says:

    I have been wanting an ereader for ages!

  96. Angela H says:

    Great Cities all of them but Delta is the Best! I live there 😉
    Thanks for the chance to win!

  97. Trevor M says:

    Great opportunity!

  98. Krista M says:

    This would make a wonderful summer birthday present for my teen daughter who loves her technology! I know she would read more with the Kindle Oasis & would be extremely useful for her high school years starting in September!

  99. Robert Whyte says:

    To read or not to read……..that is the question…….

  100. bonnie lam says:

    Sweet. Good luck to you all. Huggies.

  101. Stotes says:

    This would be great to take a lot of books travelling!

  102. Lindsay Lafreniere says:

    i love to read!!!

  103. Amber says:

    This would be so helpful for my reading. Fantastic!

  104. Wes says:

    A Kindle would really help me get reading more!

  105. Hugh says:

    Kindle pour moi SVP.

  106. Stephanie says:

    a Kindle would be so convenient!

  107. Sandra Pink says:

    a brilliant way to read while on vacation, without the added weight

  108. Anand says:

    I would love to win this Kindle! Thanks for the chance Vancouver !

  109. Theresa (Terry) Sampson says:

    Tweeted @tsam3435 I’d so love to win this one! I just lost my old Sony e-reader and I miss the heck out of it !!!!!

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