How America’s Top Tech & Business Cities Are Buying My Book

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I’ve had some fun reviewing Nielsen BookScan data (for my newest book, Affiliate Program Management: An Hour a Day) through an Author Central set of tools that Amazon offers me. BookScan — which reports on 75% of all retail print book sales in the US — collects point of sale data from over 10,000 retailers, both online and offline.

It was particularly interesting to see the top 7 cities which bought my newest book over the past two weeks. These are:

  1. Los Angeles, CA
  2. New York, NY
  3. Atlanta, GA
  4. Denver, CO
  5. San Francisco, CA
  6. San Jose, CA
  7. Seattle, WA

The current “Sales by Geography” map currently looks as follows (the darker the areas, the more sales):

As I compare the above-quoted list of 7 cities with some other rankings, I see that the book is purchased both in the more “geeky”, and in the more business-oriented ones.

If we look at’s top 10 list of America’s Most Innovative Cities we see (mentions of my 7 cities highlighted):

  1. San Jose, CA
  2. Austin, TX
  3. Raleigh, NC
  4. San Francisco, CA
  5. Seattle, WA
  6. San Diego, CA
  7. Madison, WI
  8. Boston, MA
  9. Provo, UT
  10. Portland, OR

On the other hand, we have CIO’s list of the Top 10 U.S. Cities for Technology Jobs which looks as follows:

  1. New York, NY
  2. Washington, DC
  3. San Jose, CA
  4. Boston, MA
  5. Dallas-Ft. Worth, TX
  6. Los Angeles, CA
  7. Chicago, IL
  8. Philadelphia, PA
  9. Seattle, WA
  10. Atlanta, GA

Finally, MarketWatch’s list of America’s Best Cities for Business in 2011 has the following ranking:

  1. Washington, DC
  2. Omaha, NE
  3. Boston, MA
  4. Des Moines, IA
  5. Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN
  6. Denver, CO
  7. Richmond, VA
  8. New York, NY
  9. Harrisburg, PA
  10. Seattle, WA

Obviously, it’s too early to make any conclusions (it has only been about two weeks since the book became available throughout the country), but it is also obvious that the more technologically-savvy and business-oriented cities of the United States are interested in the book. Have you picked up your copy yet? If you have, don’t miss the $1,700 photo contest either!

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