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Looking Back at 2015 in Book Publishing


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Looking Back at 2015 in Book Publishing - by Alexandra Alter/ Books/ International New York Times/ The New York Times/ nytimes.com

Audiobook sales soared, while e-book sales tapered off. Harper Lee came out with a second novel, 55 years after “To Kill a Mockingbird,” and a long-lost Dr. Seuss book was published posthumously. Millions of adults bought coloring books.

The year in publishing defied expectations and overturned conventional wisdom. Here are some of the most surprising stories from the literary world in 2015.

Stay Inside the Lines

If 2015 stands out for nothing else, it will be remembered as the year when millions of adults unabashedly regressed to their preschool selves and rediscovered the allure of coloring books.

The reigning queen of coloring is the Scottish illustrator Johanna Basford, whose intricately patterned adult coloring books have sold more than 16 million copies in some 40 countries, according to Penguin, her publisher. Her latest, “Lost Ocean,” which came out in October, has 1.3 million copies in print in the United States..."


“What Pet Should I Get?” came out this summer, an unexpected addition to the Dr. Seuss canon. Credit Joe Raedle/Getty Images