Congratulations Calgary! When It Comes to Being Well-Read, We're at the Top of the List!

Posted by Justin Havre. on Friday, June 20th, 2014 at 8:01am.

According to, Calgarians are the leading bookworms in Canada. released its latest list of the cities in Canada that are the most well-read. Last year, Calgary took second spot but this year it received the top ranking.

To compile this list, examined the book sales that included printed material and books that were available in the Kindle format from May of last year up until May 2014. Only cities with a population of 100,000 or more were included in the statistics.

All of the top 5 cities on the list come from the west and include Vancouver, Saskatoon, Regina, Calgary and Edmonton. Calgary residents ordered the most ebooks while the people in Vancouver purchased the most books in print.

In Saskatoon, the residents there were purchasing the most novels authored by Canadians. Here in Calgary, bookworms were looking for science fiction novels and books in the self-help genre. The most purchased book for children was “The Very Hungry Caterpillar”.

Last year, Vancouver was in first place but slipped to the second spot this year. Cities in Ontario were appearing on the list the most taking up 9 out of the 20 top spots.

Québec residents weren't ordering many books from this year and they weren't last year either. Montréal, the biggest city in Québec, has never appeared on these lists, which have been compiled for the last 2 years. The only Québec city that found its way onto the list was Gatineau. As well, there was only one city in Atlantic Canada, Halifax, which appeared on the list.

The most purchased book last year in Calgary was “Twelve Years a Slave” by Solomon Northup. This movie won the best picture Oscar at the Academy Awards this year.

The top 5 cities in order are listed below:

1. Calgary

2. Vancouver

3. Saskatoon

4. Regina

5. Edmonton

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