Each year Amazon.com crunches the numbers to determine which cities in the country with more than 100,000 residents are the most well-read. The ranking uses data for all book, magazine and newspaper sales in both print and Kindle format on a per capita basis.

Taking the number one spot this year is Alexandria, Va., while Knoxville, Tenn., made the biggest gain, shooting up from the number 12 spot in 2012 to the second position this year. Here's the list:

  1. Alexandria, Va.
  2. Knoxville, Tenn.
  3. Miami, Fla.
  4. Cambridge, Mass.
  5. Orlando, Fla.
  6. Ann Arbor, Mich.
  7. Berkeley, Calif.
  8. Cincinnati, Ohio
  9. Columbia, S.C.
  10. Pittsburgh, Penn.
While earning the crown for “most well-read” city may bring to mind images of Alexandria residents tucking into tomes by Tolstoy and Melville, the ranking is more quantitative than qualitative. The fun thriller "Gone Girl" was the best-selling book in Alexandria, followed by the three installments from the "Fifty Shades" trilogy.

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Amazon.com lists Alexandria, Va., as the leading city for book sales in its annual ranking.