Amazon Names Top 20 Canadian Cities that Love to Read

Comments 109 by Rebecca Bollwitt

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 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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109 Comments  —  Comments Are Closed

  1. Michael BMonday, June 18th, 2018 — 9:53am PST

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

  2. ElizabethMonday, June 18th, 2018 — 9:56am PST

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

  3. MelissaMonday, June 18th, 2018 — 10:01am PST

    I love reading!

  4. Ashley BanburyMonday, June 18th, 2018 — 10:05am PST

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

  5. leanaMonday, June 18th, 2018 — 10:11am PST

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

  6. KirstenMonday, June 18th, 2018 — 11:03am PST

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

  7. MeganMonday, June 18th, 2018 — 11:19am PST

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

  8. janMonday, June 18th, 2018 — 11:21am PST

    great news all around

  9. Mike KMonday, June 18th, 2018 — 12:06pm PST

    i want the kindle to read my e books

  10. KellyMonday, June 18th, 2018 — 1:36pm PST

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

  11. AlexMMonday, June 18th, 2018 — 2:23pm PST

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

  12. Theresa PMonday, June 18th, 2018 — 2:46pm PST

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

  13. Donna LMonday, June 18th, 2018 — 3:05pm PST

    This would be great to take to the lake!

  14. SeanMonday, June 18th, 2018 — 3:54pm PST

    I could make use of that!

  15. MegMonday, June 18th, 2018 — 5:14pm PST

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

  16. LindaMonday, June 18th, 2018 — 5:37pm PST

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

  17. JeffMonday, June 18th, 2018 — 6:45pm PST

    Would love to win this contest!

  18. IainMonday, June 18th, 2018 — 9:01pm PST

    A gift to myself that keeps giving!

  19. Marcus WMonday, June 18th, 2018 — 9:09pm PST

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

  20. Christine WMonday, June 18th, 2018 — 9:10pm PST

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

  21. wenMonday, June 18th, 2018 — 10:26pm PST

    Great for a reader! Tnx

  22. KayMonday, June 18th, 2018 — 11:20pm PST

    Love reading!

  23. Jason BMonday, June 18th, 2018 — 11:23pm PST

    Who doesn’t like to read…Donald Trump?

  24. ZoeMonday, June 18th, 2018 — 11:25pm PST

    This would be such a treat!

  25. CindyTuesday, June 19th, 2018 — 12:00am PST

    My daughter would love this!

  26. Ariel CTuesday, June 19th, 2018 — 12:29am PST

    would love to win, thanks!

  27. adam steeleTuesday, June 19th, 2018 — 12:30am PST

    great prize, thx!

  28. Shelley ButcherTuesday, June 19th, 2018 — 4:12am PST

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

  29. yvonneTuesday, June 19th, 2018 — 5:44am PST

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

  30. Anita W.Tuesday, June 19th, 2018 — 9:12am PST

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

  31. EileenTuesday, June 19th, 2018 — 9:42am PST

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

  32. IrisTuesday, June 19th, 2018 — 9:46am PST

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

  33. Alayne LangfordTuesday, June 19th, 2018 — 11:23am PST

    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 WebsterTuesday, June 19th, 2018 — 1:23pm PST

    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.Tuesday, June 19th, 2018 — 1:49pm PST

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

  36. NatalieTuesday, June 19th, 2018 — 2:59pm PST

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

  37. MarinaTuesday, June 19th, 2018 — 3:12pm PST

    This would help me for back to school in Sept

  38. KirstenTuesday, June 19th, 2018 — 3:13pm PST

    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. DonaldTuesday, June 19th, 2018 — 3:22pm PST

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

  40. DonTuesday, June 19th, 2018 — 4:40pm PST

    A great way to take some reading with you

  41. Shirley STuesday, June 19th, 2018 — 5:43pm PST

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

  42. AshleyTuesday, June 19th, 2018 — 7:00pm PST

    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 CTuesday, June 19th, 2018 — 7:59pm PST

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

  44. Tina L.Tuesday, June 19th, 2018 — 11:04pm PST

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

  45. AngelaWednesday, June 20th, 2018 — 12:42am PST

    I’d love to win a Kindle!!!

  46. AngelaWednesday, June 20th, 2018 — 12:43am PST

    A Kindle is an awesome prize!

  47. Tabby72Wednesday, June 20th, 2018 — 6:11am PST

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

  48. ANA MILOSAVICWednesday, June 20th, 2018 — 8:46am PST

    I would love this prize! Amazing!

  49. Tammy Klym-WolfeWednesday, June 20th, 2018 — 9:20am PST

    I’m from Langley and love to read!

  50. GregWednesday, June 20th, 2018 — 9:55am PST

    I would love to have a Kindle!

  51. JenWednesday, June 20th, 2018 — 12:16pm PST

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

  52. Mark NicolasWednesday, June 20th, 2018 — 3:16pm PST

    I want this so badly

  53. AnnaWednesday, June 20th, 2018 — 3:48pm PST

    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. KristynWednesday, June 20th, 2018 — 4:14pm PST

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

  55. hyoWednesday, June 20th, 2018 — 5:06pm PST

    I love reading!

  56. kimWednesday, June 20th, 2018 — 5:09pm PST

    I want this!

  57. kimWednesday, June 20th, 2018 — 5:13pm PST

    I love reading.

  58. daneWednesday, June 20th, 2018 — 8:46pm PST


  59. KamWednesday, June 20th, 2018 — 11:00pm PST

    This would be awesome to have during summer travels!

  60. Cynthia BishopThursday, June 21st, 2018 — 1:03am PST

    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 HustonThursday, June 21st, 2018 — 10:31am PST

    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. RubyThursday, June 21st, 2018 — 2:41pm PST

    would love to win!

  63. emThursday, June 21st, 2018 — 7:52pm PST

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

  64. AndyThursday, June 21st, 2018 — 8:45pm PST

    I would love to win 🙂

  65. Karen MillerThursday, June 21st, 2018 — 8:45pm PST

    I’d love it!

  66. DeniseThursday, June 21st, 2018 — 8:59pm PST

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

  67. AnnThursday, June 21st, 2018 — 10:02pm PST

    So read-y to win

  68. Mei LING LIUThursday, June 21st, 2018 — 10:07pm PST

    would love to win thanks

  69. KrystalThursday, June 21st, 2018 — 10:22pm PST

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

  70. JeanetteThursday, June 21st, 2018 — 10:26pm PST

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

  71. NARCELI LIBASTEFriday, June 22nd, 2018 — 1:16am PST

    Yes, please! Thank you!

  72. JoFriday, June 22nd, 2018 — 7:35am PST

    Wow! 3 BC cities in the top 5!

  73. AindreaFriday, June 22nd, 2018 — 9:59am PST

    Always thought I would enjoy a kindle…

  74. EmmaFriday, June 22nd, 2018 — 10:47am PST

    been thinking about getting a new e-reader!

  75. Esther AllardFriday, June 22nd, 2018 — 11:04am PST

    I would love to win!

  76. ShelleyFriday, June 22nd, 2018 — 11:25am PST

    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. JeanneFriday, June 22nd, 2018 — 11:26am PST

    Love to win this prize

  78. Lori MezzomoFriday, June 22nd, 2018 — 11:27am PST

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

  79. Debbie FFriday, June 22nd, 2018 — 1:02pm PST

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

  80. JoyceFriday, June 22nd, 2018 — 1:03pm PST

    Would love to be entered, thank you!

  81. Season LauFriday, June 22nd, 2018 — 1:34pm PST

    Reading- food for the brain

  82. Phyllis W.Friday, June 22nd, 2018 — 3:20pm PST

    Love to read! Would love to own a Kindle!

  83. LoriFriday, June 22nd, 2018 — 3:20pm PST

    Great to Vancouver on the list.

  84. LoriFriday, June 22nd, 2018 — 3:22pm PST

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

  85. Robin WoolmerFriday, June 22nd, 2018 — 4:32pm PST

    Looking forward to a relaxing summer of quiet reading.

  86. IanFriday, June 22nd, 2018 — 6:09pm PST

    Reading, what’s not to like?

  87. ChristineFriday, June 22nd, 2018 — 6:48pm PST

    This would be awesome!

  88. Mariette BayntonFriday, June 22nd, 2018 — 6:55pm PST

    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. JillFriday, June 22nd, 2018 — 10:33pm PST

    Perfect for the lake.

  90. DavidSaturday, June 23rd, 2018 — 6:33am PST

    We are a family of readers. Great giveaway!

  91. MeredithSaturday, June 23rd, 2018 — 6:36am PST

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

  92. Sunshine GSaturday, June 23rd, 2018 — 7:31am PST

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

  93. SandraSaturday, June 23rd, 2018 — 8:59am PST

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

  94. KiranSaturday, June 23rd, 2018 — 11:14am PST

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

  95. LauraSaturday, June 23rd, 2018 — 11:19am PST

    I have been wanting an ereader for ages!

  96. Angela HSaturday, June 23rd, 2018 — 1:49pm PST

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

  97. Trevor MSaturday, June 23rd, 2018 — 1:57pm PST

    Great opportunity!

  98. Krista MSaturday, June 23rd, 2018 — 3:19pm PST

    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 WhyteSaturday, June 23rd, 2018 — 4:42pm PST

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

  100. bonnie lamSunday, June 24th, 2018 — 12:25am PST

    Sweet. Good luck to you all. Huggies.

  101. StotesSunday, June 24th, 2018 — 10:05am PST

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

  102. Lindsay LafreniereSunday, June 24th, 2018 — 3:59pm PST

    i love to read!!!

  103. AmberSunday, June 24th, 2018 — 8:06pm PST

    This would be so helpful for my reading. Fantastic!

  104. WesSunday, June 24th, 2018 — 8:50pm PST

    A Kindle would really help me get reading more!

  105. HughMonday, June 25th, 2018 — 3:06pm PST

    Kindle pour moi SVP.

  106. StephanieMonday, June 25th, 2018 — 5:59pm PST

    a Kindle would be so convenient!

  107. Sandra PinkMonday, June 25th, 2018 — 7:37pm PST

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

  108. AnandTuesday, June 26th, 2018 — 8:17am PST

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

  109. Theresa (Terry) SampsonTuesday, June 26th, 2018 — 7:06pm PST

    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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