The unexpected craze for adult colouring books has created a bonanza for publishers. Can they keep it going?
The publishing world has gone colouring-book mad. Since 2013
an unprecedented boom in adult colouring books on subjects from
art, fashion and science fiction to US politics (which has become science fiction) have filled tables and kiosks once reserved for novels and non-fiction in highly respected bookshops in Paris, Rome, London and elsewhere. At New York’s largest, The Strand, display table space on three floors has been given over not just to stacks of books, but to specially designed boxes of pencils, erasers, crayons, markers and other drawing supplies. (For a short while, Chinese manufacturers could not keep up with the demand for coloured pencils.)
Steven Heller, design writer, New York
Read the full version in Eye no. 93 vol. 24, 2017
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