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Adult Coloring Books are Good for Your Mental Health


Adult coloring book blog

Have you noticed the recent adult coloring book trend? In the past few years coloring books for adults have grown in popularity; the New York Post reports that more than 2,000 adult coloring books have been published since 2013. And as of this writing, seven of the top 100 best sellers on Amazon are coloring books.

Here at Advanced Print & Finishing, we’ve had a first hand view of this trend–we’ve printed a number of them in the past couple of years. And it makes sense that this number will continue to grow as new studies show adult coloring books are good for your mental health.



Bing Introduces Best-Selling Books Carousel in Search Results


 Bing Carousel Best Selling Fiction Books

Looking for the next best-seller to read? You may want to head over to Bing.

The search engine has just introduced a carousel that displays the current New York Times best-sellers when you search for them.

For example, searching for “best-selling nonfiction books” gives you the following results:



Print Book Sales Up in 2014



Sales of print books in the U.S. were up 2.4 percent during 2014 over the previous year. Total sales of printed books was over $635 million.

Though the rise is relatively small, the Nielsen BookScan data shows that print books are selling better than they have since 2010 when ebooks first became immensely popular, according to Publishers Weekly. Sales through the “Retail & Club” channel were the primary driver of growth, with a 3.4 increase over the previous year. This channel includes online sources like Amazon as well as traditional bookstores. On the other hand, the “Mass Merchandiser Channel” (which includes stores like Wal-Mart and Target) saw a decrease, with sales falling 1.8 percent.



Reddit Launches Crowdfunding Service Redditmade


by David Rogers


Reddit is getting into the crowdfunding game with its just announced redditmade platform.

Joining a slew of other crowdsourcing platforms including Kickstarter, Indiegogo and Pubslush (the latter exclusively for authors), redditmade will serve as a platform designed specifically for the reddit community.

Reddit is one of the largest online communities, and essentially is a place for users (known as redditors) to share information. This information can be a news story, a photograph, a piece of original art or nearly anything else that can be shared on the internet.

How is redditmade Different from Kickstarter?



Crowdfunding Books: Kickstarter vs. Indiegogo


by David Rogers

Book Crowdfunding Comparison Infographic Featured

Not too long ago we took a look at the best crowdsourcing website for authors, comparing Kickstarter, Indiegogo and the books-only site Pubslush. Hivewire’s new infographic exploring the differences between Kickstarter and Indiegogo caught our attention because it cites historical data from the two platforms.



Amazon Releases Top 10 Books of 2014 So Far


by David Rogers

Best of 2014 So Far

I guess the middle of the year is as good a time as any to start breaking out the best-of lists. Amazon Books Editors’ have just released their choices for the “Top 10 Best Books of the Year So Far.”

Interestingly, the number one spot on the list is a biography. “Updike,” the biography of writer John Updike by Adam Begley, took the top position on the list and it seems the editors over at Amazon knew this choice would be seen as unexpected.

“It’s never easy to narrow down our favorites, but after much debate and discussion, we’ve arrived at a list that will fit every customer’s summer reading agenda—whether you’re headed to the beach, traveling the world or enjoying a staycation,” said Sara Nelson, Editorial Director of Print and Kindle Books at Amazon.com, according to a press release. “Updike may seem like an unusual choice for our number one pick, but it’s poised to be one of the best biographies of 2014. It’s a candid, enthralling book that readers won’t be able to put down.”

Below is the list in full. You also can head over to the release site linked above to see the editors’ reasoning for each choice.

1. “Updike”
– Adam Begley

2. “The Book of Unknown Americans: A Novel”
– Cristina Henríquez

3. “Redeployment”
– Phil Klay

4. “Euphoria”
– Lily King

5. “No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State”
– Glenn Greenwald

6. “In Paradise: A Novel”
– Peter Matthiessen

7. “The Invention of Wings: A Novel”
– Sue Monk Kidd

8. “Red Rising”
– Pierce Brown

9. “Savage Harvest: A Tale of Cannibals, Colonialism, and Michael Rockefeller’s Tragic Quest for Primitive Art”
– Carl Hoffman

10. “Hollow City: The Second Novel of Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children”
– Ransom Riggs



Only 17% of Parents Say Reading is a Priority for Kids This Summer


by David Rogers

Reading is Fundamental Logo


As we get ready to welcome in the official beginning of summer in a couple of days, a new study has some disturbing findings: only 17 percent of parents say reading is a top priority for their children this summer.

The study, from Reading is Fundamental (RIF) and Macy’s (and conducted by Harris Poll), surveyed more than 1,000 parents with children under age 11. There were a couple of more troubling stats reported by the survey:



‘Reading Rainbow’ is Back with a New Kickstarter Project. But Should it Be?


by David Rogers

Reading Rainbow Kickstarter Emmy Awards Screenshot

A screenshot from the Reading Rainbow Kickstarter Campaign

In case you haven’t heard yet, the internet’s nostalgia-inducing topic du jour is “Reading Rainbow.” Former host Levar Burton has posted a Kickstarter project to fund a desktop computer app version of the long running children’s show that went off the air in 2009. The project reached it’s $1 million goal in a matter of hours, and as of this writing has raised well over $2.5 million with 33 days left before the final deadline.

The classic PBS television show first aired in 1983 and was cancelled in 2006, though it continued airing episodes until 2009.

But it didn’t stay away for long. Burton and the team at his company RRKIDZ bought the rights to the Reading Rainbow brand and brought it back as a tablet app in 2012. Like the show, the app encourages kids to read via read-alongs and educational video field trips inspired by the themes of books featured in the app.



America’s Favorite Books


by David Rogers

America's Favorite Books

America’s favorite book is the Bible.

A new Harris Poll asked more than 2,000 adults in the U.S. to name their favorite book, and the Bible came in number one across all different demographics. Number two overall is “Gone with the Wind” by Margaret Mitchell, followed by the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling.

These top two spots remain the same from the previous Harris Poll asking the same question back in 2008. Rowling’s series, however, has moved up one spot in those eight years, switching places with the Lord of the Ring Series by J.R.R. Tolkien, which now comes in at number four. Rounding out the top five is the classic Harper Lee novel, “To Kill a Mockingbird.”

Of the remaining five books, only “The Catcher in the Rye,” by J.D. Salinger, appeared on the list in both 2008 and 2014 (it jumped from number 10 in 2008 to number seven this year). “Moby Dick,” “Little Women,” “The Grapes of Wrath” and “The Great Gatsby” are all new to the list this year.

Those that didn’t make the cut this year



On the Bookshelves of the Famous


by David Rogers


For many book lovers, there’s a certain and exciting thrill in knowing what other book lovers read. Discovering and comparing favorites, shared interests and shared hatreds add to said thrill.

These are the bonds we share as book lovers – whether we know one another or not. And though the intimate knowledge of another’s book shelf is just that – intimate – it’s like we can’t look away.

All that is to say there is quite a thrill indeed in getting an inside peak at the bookshelves of those we will never meet. The famous and the dead. The great authors and the fictitious.

Fortunately, if this is the type of thing that you look forward to, the folks over at Bid 4 Papers have put together an infographic depicting famous people’s bookshelves – taken from a variety of interviews and other sources.

What is John F. Kennedy’s favorite book? Well, he likes “The Emergence of Lincoln” and “From Russia with Love.” Books Madonna likes include “The Little Prince” and “The Time Traveler’s Wife.” Joey Tribbiani’s favorites include “10 Ways to Get Better at Acting” and “The Shining” (so we’re told).

See many more favorites of famous people by clicking here or on the photo above.