According to Amazon.com’s sales statistics, Cambridge is ranked the most well-read city in the United States. Of course, there is a long history of literary giants who have made Cambridge their home: Margaret Fuller, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Julia Child – not to mention all the professors who have written books on subjects ranging from public education policy to nuclear physics. Cambridge also holds an impressive place in the history of the printing press: The Whole Booke of Psalmes Faithfully Translated into English Metre, was printed by Stephen Daye in 1640 in Cambridge – the first book printed in British North America.
Even though it’s great that Cantabrigians are shopping Amazon, don’t forget to support one of the many amazing locally owned bookstores in Cambridge, and of course, visit the Cambridge Public Library. We have several resources to help you choose a book, including staff picks, new titles, titles in demand, and a database that helps you choose what to read next.
Read the Cambridge Chronicle article to learn more about the pros and cons of Amazon’s ranking.