Dog-Eared and Dispatched: August 30, 2015
If you like soothing hobbies that allow you to multitask, adult coloring books might be the new trend for you. And if you don’t, well, Cormac McCarthy is hard at work in his next novel, slated for release in 2016, giving you a prime public-transit-manspreading opportunity. Ready? Set? Read!
Coloring books are for kids…except when they’re not. We’ve all heard Samuel L. Jackson’s reading of the adult picture book Go the F*ck to Sleep, but the new “childish” activity sweeping through adult hobbies is coloring books. According to adult colorists interviewed by CBS News, they find the pastime hypnotic and soothing while still being productive, an effect not unlike that experienced by yarncrafters. Though adult coloring books have been gaining notoriety throughout the year, they are credited this week with a 9% bump in adult nonfiction sales, according to Publishers Weekly, and could be summer’s hottest book trend. Johanna Bashford’s Secret Garden appears to be a popular selection amongst adult colorists. There’s also an app for it: a Finnish company has released an app called Recolor, allowing colorists to get some stress-relief and coloring time on their phones and tablets. Coloring books like Bashford’s are selling faster than they can be printed, but it will be interesting to see if the trend becomes another commonplace hobby like yarncrafting or if it fades to a temporary curiosity. [YouTube, CBS News, Publishers Weekly, HNGN, The Guardian]
- Netflix…and books? Netflix, along with Amazon Prime and Hulu, are becoming rights buyers to produce TV series based off of books, most frequently children’s titles.
- The New York Times’ article on corporate Amazon’s intense work culture has had little effect on Amazon shoppers.
- Do you ever get déjà vu when you’re reading book titles? BookBub, a service that shares info on free or discounted ebooks, has aggregated book titles into word clouds to show the most common titles in each genre.
- Growth of digital content and delivery options thereof may have made the Chinese market key to the publishing industry’s continued growth as translation becomes ever more accessible and possible.
- The Oxford Dictionaries team has added ‘manspreading’ and ‘hangry’ to the website; indeed that final arbiter of lexica, the spellchecker, lets ‘manspreading’ slide (typical), but still objects to ‘hangry’.
- Cormac McCarthy is working on a new novel, tentatively titled The Passenger and slated for release in 2016.