One of the biggest ongoing trends in the book business isn’t a cutting-edge Kindle or some other fancy digital device. Believe it or not, adult coloring books sold nearly two million copies last year. That’s right: grownups have literally pulled a page out of the kids section and traded book clubs for magic markers.
“Adult coloring books have become a popular way to relieve stress and calm down in our digital world,” said summer residents Scott Widmeyer and Alan Yount, who recently launched their own Nantucket-themed coloring book titled A Walk Around Nantucket. “We hope that our book will help visitors and residents alike tap into their inner artist, slow down and see the island in a new way.” Illustrated by local artists Paul McCarthy and Jean Petty, A Walk Around Nantucket packs fifty-two pages of intricate island scenes that are just begging to be brought to life with crayons and markers. The book is available for $39.99, and proceeds go to benefit the Nantucket Community Foundation’s Nantucket Fund. Preview a copy at the Nantucket Book Festival’s local author’s tent.