According to Amazon’s "Election Heat Map," Minnesota is one of only two states where people are reading conservative and liberal books at the same rate. While the map suggests “conservative-themed books are outselling left leaning ones coast to coast,” Wired offers a caveat:
The map presents a rolling 30-day average of book-buying data and classifies them as red or blue depending on promotional materials and customer classifications. And there’s no sliding scale. A book is either red or blue, so there’s no nuance for centrists. “Just remember, books aren’t votes,” Amazon says on the heat map site. “So a map of book purchases may reflect curiosity as much as commitment.”
I wonder if there’s another factor: Some of us on the left try to minimize buying from Amazon, opting for local independent stores or non-Amazon online booksellers, or head to the library.