Hamilton ranks last on an Amazon.ca list of the most well-read cities in Canada.

In Amazon's world, well-read is defined by its own online sales. Bookstore sales and library usage aren't included.  Using its print and Kindle sales data from the last year, the online book giant compiled a list using per capita data of cities with more than 100,000 residents.

Hamilton ranks 20th of 20.

Here’s the list:

  1. Calgary, Alta.
  2. Vancouver, B.C.       
  3. Saskatoon, Sask.
  4. Regina, Sask.
  5. Edmonton, Alta.
  6. London, Ont.
  7. Toronto, Ont.
  8. Winnipeg, Man.
  9. Ottawa, Ont.
  10. Kitchener, Ont.
  11. Burnaby, B.C.
  12. Mississauga, Ont.
  13. Gatineau, Que.
  14. Windsor, Ont.
  15. Richmond, B.C.
  16. Markham, Ont.
  17. Surrey, B.C.
  18. Brampton, Ont.
  19. Halifax, N.S.
  20. Hamilton, Ont.

The data found that Calgary, the most well-read city, is fond of science fiction and self-help books.

Vancouver residents bought the most print books, while Calgarians ordered the most Kindle books. The top Kindle book purchased in Calgary was Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northup, and Vancouverites favoured Soul Healing Miracles: Ancient and New Sacred Wisdom, Knowledge, and Practical Techniques for Healing the Spiritual, Mental, Emotional, and Physical Bodies by Zhi Gang Sh.

Saskatoon residents purchased the most novels by Canadian authors (particularly Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese).