Buenos Aires has ranked at the top when it comes to bookstores and apparently a love for the printed word.
For every 100,000 people in the Argentinian capital city of 2.8 million, there are 25 bookstores, according to a World Cities Cultural Forum study. Hong Kong is ranked second, with 22 bookstores for every 100,000 people, The Associated Press reported May 5. Not only are bookstores king in Buenos Aires, but also print, as fewer than 10% of 1.2 million people who attended its annual book fair said they use e-readers. Moreover, consumers don’t have to pay sales tax for books in Argentina, but do have to pay a 35% surcharge when buying from foreign retailers such as Amazon.com Inc. Back in the U.S., May 2 marked Independent Bookstore Day, where about 400 bookstores put on events and offered special items. As a result, a number of bookstores saw their sales surge, such as Porter Square Books in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and Green Apple Books in San Francisco, Publishers Weekly reported May 5.
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