on Book Riot:
For book lovers, being in a bookish city is a beautiful thing. Maybe you’re hoping to drop in to a beautiful bookstore, go on a bookish road trip, engage in some literary tourism, or perhaps you’re even looking for a new city to call home. Either way, I did a deep dive into the data to figure out what the most bookish cities in the world are.
So, what defines a “bookish city” anyway? Is it the number of publishing houses in a city? (If so, New York and London win hands down.) Is it inspiration? Literary culture? Libraries? Bookstores? The answer, it turns out, depends. On what? Why, on who’s asking, of course!
Take a moment to peruse this list of bookish cities. Some of the places on this list will be expected, but others may surprise you.