Amazon.com announced its annual list of the Most Well-Read Cities in America. The ranking was determined by compiling sales data of all book, magazine and newspaper sales in both print and Kindle format since June 1, 2011, on a per capita basis in cities with more than 100,000 residents. Ann Arbor ranked #4 on the list. The top three were 1) Alexandria, VA, 2) Berkeley, CA, and 3) Cambridge, MA.
This ranking is not surprising. As a college town, it hosts the University of Michigan, which has over 20 specialty libraries open to faculty, students, staff and the general public. As a family town, the Ann Arbor District Library has five branch locations where residents can borrow books/DVDs, attend special events and exhibits, and register for computer classes.