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Canberra is most well-read city, says survey

Canberrans are Australia's biggest bookworms, according to research by one of the country's largest online bookstores.

The capital topped the list as the most well-read city in the inaugural study by Bookworld, the owners of Angus & Robertson.

Toowoomba, Brisbane, Geelong and Hobart also featured among the top 10 Australia's most well-read cities. Sydney finished in 13th position and Melbourne was seventh.

According to the statistics, cookbooks, prize-winning literature and military novels are the ACT's most popular genres.

The research, which was based on sales from April 2012 to April 2013, found that the most popular books in Canberra - in e-books, paperbacks and hardbacks - were Jamie Oliver's Jamie's 15 Minute Meals (pictured), Exit Wounds: One Australian's War on Terror by Major-General John Cantwell and Greg Bearup, All That I Am - the 2012 Miles Franklin winning title by Anna Funder - and 2012 Man Booker Prize winner Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel.

While the Fifty Shades trilogy dominated the best-sellers list of every other state, the erotic novels failed to excite Canberrans.


''Canberra was definitely a hot spot for high-end literature. It also had an equal split between people buying electronic books and physical books,'' Bookworld chief executive James Webber told Fairfax Media.

Of the independent sellers, Manuka's Paperchain Book Store regularly sells out of prize-winning titles.

''Last Wednesday [June 19], after the Miles Franklin announcement, we sold out of the winning novel and had to re-order more stock,'' senior sales consultant Rose Ward said.

She said all copies of Michelle de Kretser's Questions of Travel were snapped up by close of trade on Friday.