For the last few weeks I’ve had a number of readers and subscribers contact me querying the paper quality in the English editions of Daydreams and Summer Nights by Swedish artist, Hanna Karlzon. The paper in these books is beautiful. It is ivory, smooth, a medium weight and approximately 160 gsm (copy paper is about 60 gsm).
At first, I thought it must be a one off problem with the book when a reader described it as “cheap coloring book” and others described it as “gritty” and like “construction paper”. The more messages that I received I realized that something had changed in this book from the one that I have on my shelf.
Gibbs Smith the English publishers of Hanna Karlzon’s coloring books went to a massive amount of effort to replicate the look and feel of Dagdrommar and Sommarnatt for the English market, including using the same paper mill as used by the Swedish Publishers, Pagina Forlag. One reader questioned whether they had printed a “good” run of books and then just substituted cheap paper for future sales. That seemed bizarre considering the amount of work that Gibbs Smith had already done to produce these high quality coloring books.
On behalf of a reader, I contacted Gibbs Smith and queried the paper. The representative from Gibbs Smith advised that the supplier had, without their knowledge and consent, substituted the paper for the second print run of books. Gibbs Smith advised that purchasers of the books should contact them at email firstname.lastname@example.org with subject line “coloring book” to arrange a replacement copy to be issued to them.
Open your book up, and on the publication information page, it should state whether it is a second print run of the book. The first and third print runs of the English editions of Daydreams and Summer Nights contain the correct paper. If you feel the paper is thinnish, gritty not what you expected, but you cannot find the print run information, contact Gibbs Smith.
Many people are new to Hanna’s work, having only purchased her English releases of coloring books, and consequently could not understand what the hype was with the paper. They were left loving the illustrations but unimpressed with the paper.
When I review books I always try and state what quality the paper is. It saddens me to think that many people would have relied on my judgement that it was “beautiful, medium quality”” and received something far less. I can only say, that mistakes do happen in the printing and publishing world, and if you are in any doubt, always contact the seller or the publisher and query it.
Gibbs Smith endeavored to let customers know that they will replace copies of the book via their individual responses to Amazon feedback that you can see here.
Many readers have already received their replacement coloring books from Gibbs Smith who are operating very efficiently to deal with these requests. A member of staff called Cortney (Email Cortney) has been praised by readers for “getting things done”.
If you have received either Daydreams or Summer Nights by Hanna Karlzon and it is from the second print run Gibbs Smith will replace it for you. Just use the contact details that I have given you above. You are going to LOVE the paper that is in your replacement copy!
As Christmas approaches, many of you may receive these books from Santa as well. Make sure you discreetly check the print run on the copy, and if you have a second print run copy email Gibbs Smith for a replacement. I am sure that Santa would have been far too busy to check paper quality in books for you so rather than end up on the naughty list you may want to keep it your little secret 🙂
Happy coloring x