Milan top Italian city for reading

Amazon ranks Milan top of Italian list for buying books.

Milan has topped the list of Italian cities for buying books, both in traditional paper format and as downloadable e-books, for the fifth year running, announced leading online book-seller Amazon this week.

Milanese readers tend to buy books of every genre, particularly travel literature, cookery books and works on the economy, business and finance, but rank in second place to Bolzano for romantic novels.

The ranking was drawn up on a per capita of population basis among Italian towns and cities with over 90,000 residents.

Apart from Rome, coming in this year at sixth place and up from 9th in 2016, all the other cities in Amazon’s top 10 are from the north: (in order) Trieste, Padova, Bologna, Trento, Verona, Florence, Turin and Udine.

Cities in the south brought up in the rear of the ranking, with Naples, Bari and Palermo not reaching even the 30th place.

Turning to e-books, Milan remains in the lead, followed by Trieste and Trento. Surprisingly, Turin and Rome score distinctly lower ranks, at 14th and 15th place respectively.