Thumbs Down: Copycat coloring books | Lifestyle.INQ

OCTOBER 27, 2022

Adult coloring books are keeping their white-hot sales streak going, with the bookstores rolling out an impressively diverse selection of offerings.


Both foreign and local publishers have stepped up to showcase original, quirky examples. As a result, coloring materials from makers like Faber-Castell have also become hot sellers. The modern coloring books can now be found everywhere, even in mall department stores.


But even as the coloring-book market shows no signs of saturation, the trend has led to one negative development: the appearance of inferior, copycat coloring books on the shelves. These coloring books are designed to look like the popular exemplars and even have similar titles, but use thinner paper stock and generic designs.


There are even outright knockoffs: skinny, incomplete versions of best-selling coloring books with fewer pages but the same covers. These bad copies are, of course much cheaper—and in this case you really do get what you pay for.






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