From Shelf Awareness:
Adult coloring books apparently are indelible. A year after Shelf Awareness’s last roundup, sales in the coloring category are still soaring, alongside the number of titles on offer, from one million units sold in 2014 to 12 million last year, and 300 titles in 2014 to 2,000 in 2015, according to Nielsen BookScan.
Booksellers confirm the boom. At Bank Square Books, Mystic, Conn., “adult coloring books were crazy in 2015,” said owner Annie Philbrick. “They’re coded under Art, and that section’s sales increased from $6,969 in 2014 to $23,213 in 2015. Total units sold increased from 300 in 2014 to 1,300 in 2015.”
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Publishers of all stripes, even university presses, are making their marks on the genre, leading, perhaps, to the first cramps of coloring fatigue.
“The coloring books are still doing well for us, though with the amount available I have to be careful not to over-order,” said Jill Hendrix, owner of Fiction Addiction, Greenville, S.C.
“Our coloring book section is overflowing; I can’t fit another book,” said Diane Holcomb, book buyer at East West Bookshop, Mountain View, Calif. “I’ve stopped ordering frontlist coloring books unless there’s something unique about them, due to space constraints.”
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Hutchinson, of Byrd’s Books, said her store holds “monthly coloring nights at the arts center across the street. We supply the materials and food, and folks bring their beverage. We have date nights, ladies meeting for fun and singles–so we really have fun, relaxing, colorful evenings!”
“We offered two coloring book events in our store, one for adults and one for children,” said Holcomb of East West. “The only event that had participants was the one for adults!”
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Other publishers are looking for the next children’s-turned-adult crafting activity. Little, Brown released two connect-the-dots titles in March (Dot-to-Dot: Journeys and Dot-to-Dot: Nature). Barron’s released one in February (Ultimate Dot-to-Dot) and one in March (Extreme Dot-to-Dot). Ulysses Press will publish Calming Dot-to-Dot in September. In February, Dover continued its popular Creative Haven series (12 million copies sold) with Wild Animals Dot-to-Dot, which doubles as a coloring book once the dots are connected.
Link to the rest at Shelf Awareness
Coloring nights for singles?
PG is very pleased to say he hasn’t been single for a long, long time. From what he can remember about being single, he thinks a monthly singles coloring night would have been way, way down his list of ways to spend an evening. Somewhere near cleaning out the gutters and reorganizing his file drawers.