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2020 Overseas Publication Grants

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Overview Purpose To establish a foundation for creating a K-wave for the publishing industry through the overseas publication of outstanding Korean works Summary Partial financial support for overseas publishers that have already published Korean publication content under a copyright contract or are planning to publish a Korean book Screening Result 17 titles of 16 publishers from 9 countries were selected * The following list is in the order of the country’s name, book’s title, and the writer’s name. 1. Taiwan, Alvita Publishing Co., Ltd, <Are You Coming..

  • 2020.08.03
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Current status of each field in the Korean publishing market

Knowledge > Publishing Industry

There is a wide variety of practical books that provide tips for diverse fields necessary in our daily life. So, this part divides the section into two: practical books for making homes and living a good social life. The former type mainly includes areas important at home such as raising children, cooking, keeping fit, and hobbies, while the latter type includes language books and traveling guides that are needed in living a social life. Books that feature tips for maintaining a good social relationship and those for expanding financial property can belong to the latter part as economic..

  • 2020.08.03
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Agency list

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ABBA COMMUNICATION Launched as a translation and interpretation agency in 204, Abba Communication (Abba hereafter) now also acts as a copyright agency. Abba supports young Korean publishers who are aspiring to build experiences in moving on to the international market, providing consultation on the way until they become global. Abba’s special forte is its excellent professional team with expertise in re-writing and/or editing synopses and introductions into texts both competitive and persuasive. Other services Abba provides include translating original materials and creating promotiona..

  • 2020.08.03
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2nd Week, July

Information > Best Sellers

There is one book that ranked first among bestsellers of the four major online bookstores in Korea in the second week of July 2020. It is <Reboot>, written by a famous instructor Kim Mi-Kyung who is currently running a Youtube channel “Kim Mi-Kyung TV” with 1.1 million subscribers. With the subtitle “How to stand up and reboot again against COVID-19,” the book provides bountiful insight on the life, work, and growth of individuals in the post-COVID-19 era. Even though it has only been a short time since its publication, readers are already sending much love and support through comments, makin..

  • 2020.08.03
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K-BOOK Platform User Guide

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K-BOOK Platform click : k-book.or.kr About us K-BOOK PLATFORM This website was established to enable overseas publishers to search for and discover the finest Korean publications and is operated by the KPIPA. We have selected books suitable for the global publishing market. Korean publication information will be continually updated, beginning with this initial of 1,200 publications. How to Use “KPIPA introduces Korean books suitable for global publishing markets through K-Book Platform.” Leading publications are selected, and book information is provid..

  • 2020.08.03
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Bearbooks Inc.

Interview > Korean Publishers

Children have their first encounter with the world through books. They have a bath together with the fairy, prepare for the new year with family, and go on an adventure inside a refrigerator inside books. This is one of the reasons why publisher Bearbooks Inc. has fallen deep into books for children. Making children happy through stories and diversifying the world they will live in are its goal. Let’s hear what Woo Ji-Young, the chief editor of Bearbooks has to say. Logo of Bearbooks Inc. The name is quite unique. What does “Bearbooks” mean? The way the bear is sitting look..

  • 2020.08.03
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Agency list

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ABBA COMMUNICATION Launched as a translation and interpretation agency in 204, Abba Communication (Abba hereafter) now also acts as a copyright agency. Abba supports young Korean publishers who are aspiring to build experiences in moving on to the international market, providing consultation on the way until they become global. Abba’s special forte is its excellent professional team with expertise in re-writing and/or editing synopses and introductions into texts both competitive and persuasive. Other services Abba provides include translating original materials and creating promotiona..

  • 2020.07.13
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Publication Industry’s Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Trend > Topic

Critique and composer Choi Jung-Woo said in his article “Era of Social Media: What is the Role of Humanities (The Kyunghyang Shinmun, December 18, 2012)” that Twitter and Facebook are referred to as bywords for modern “communication” but are never in the style of “dialogue,” and as such are paradoxically against the communicative function expected of them as “Social Networks.” He argued that Twitter is closer to laying out “testimonies” and that Facebook is more like an “exhibition” than being a platform for communication, and that with the two having more of a “monologue” characteristi..

  • 2020.07.13
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Korean Books Sought by Chinese Readers

Trend > Export Case

During the three years of China’s import ban on Korean content that began in August 2016, Korea’s export of general books was significantly hit. However, for complete children’s book collections, picture books, educational materials, and comics, Chinese publishers omitted imprints and left out the nationality part of the authors, not bringing a stop to the import of copyrights. It was because the demand was high. Around September last year, beginning with the Beijing International Book Fair, Korean books’ export to China enjoyed eased regulation across books for adults and children, con..

  • 2020.07.13
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Jeonju, Jeollabukdo

Trend > Book Trip

Jeonju, the biggest city in Julloabukdo Province. A city filled with places to go and things to see. A city with a long history. Home to Gyeonggijeon Hall (the shrine where the portrait of Taejo, the first king of the Joseon Dynasty is preserved) and Jeondong Catholic Church built in the Romanesque style. It is difficult to put Jeonju into a few words. Now, let’s write down a number of things that we would like to see. With this list, the story in Jeonju will be able to flow in a clear direction. Matured with time Jeonju Hanok Village The most famous ..

  • 2020.07.13
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Current status of each field in the Korean publishing market

Knowledge > Publishing Industry

Self-development books in Korea are referred to as those related to the know-how on social relationships, success, skill cultivation, and educational tips. Put in other words, they are like guide books to live a better life. Among general books published for adult readers, self-development books are regarded as the low-level genre for practical books. As they are not specified to a particular genre, some books of this kind are put on the boundary between different fields or have several genres mixed in them. The reason readers choose to read self-development books is to pull themselves ..

  • 2020.07.13
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3rd Week, June

Information > Best Sellers

June is the perfect season to read books in a warm breezy room. Scorching hot summer seems to have arrived in Korea. What did Korean readers read in the third week of June? There is a book that hit the upper sales rank among bestsellers in June only within a month of its publication. It is the newly announced <Take It Easy, Don’t Try Too Hard> written by Kim Soo-Hyun, the writer of <I Decided to Live as Me (Woods of Mind’s Books)>. Telling its readers how to engage in relationships that do not overwhelm one’s emotional capacity, the book has drawn support from the young generation in a shor..

  • 2020.07.13
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Agency list

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ABBA COMMUNICATION Launched as a translation and interpretation agency in 204, Abba Communication (Abba hereafter) now also acts as a copyright agency. Abba supports young Korean publishers who are aspiring to build experiences in moving on to the international market, providing consultation on the way until they become global. Abba’s special forte is its excellent professional team with expertise in re-writing and/or editing synopses and introductions into texts both competitive and persuasive. Other services Abba provides include translating original materials and creating promotiona..

  • 2020.06.01
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Why K-Books are drawing attention from across the world

Trend > Topic

Amidst the time when countries are closing gates due to the spread of COVID-19, Korean literature is taking a step closer to overseas readers while drawing attention from the US, Britain, Germany, and Japan. The global interest in Hallyu (Korean Wave) and the Korean culture that once again swept the world with the movie “Parasite” from director Bong Joon-Ho early this year is said to have spread to literature with the outbreak of the pandemic. Corresponding to the phenomenon, diverse genres of Korean literature, including poems, novels, and children’s stories, are winning globally pro..

  • 2020.06.01
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3rd Week, May

Information > Best Sellers

If we look at the bestsellers of four major online bookstores in Korea for the third week of May, books written by Youtubers will catch our attention. <New Yorker This Month> that hit the top list the day after its publication is about the episodes which Hong Se-Rim - a Youtuber with 600K subscribers (channel name: Serim’s Life) - experienced when she was living in New York for a month. Also, <COVID-19: Investment War> written by three Youtubers of an economy channel “the Three Professionals TV” talks about their opinion on the changing economic landscape after the outbreak of COVID-19. Thi..

  • 2020.06.01
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Current status of each field in the Korean publishing market

Knowledge > Publishing Industry

Science &amp; technology publication is one of the major pillars of a generation. It is because, for readers who have to adapt to the rapidly changing environment and seek survival strategies amidst the advent of the fourth industrial generation, those books are essential. Now a perception that science is only reserved for scientists and technology is something to do with robots is no longer acceptable. We need knowledge that can help us make decisions by ourselves in this changing world. We need knowledge that we can actively make use of. Therefore, books that professionals wrote in an..

  • 2020.06.01
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Writer Heungeul

Interview > Korean Authors

There is a writer that utilizes Social Media as a medium to empathize with followers. His writings are composed of delicate words, and are not lengthy with a spectacular storyline. They are just consoling and empathizing short sentences that warm the souls of people. Let’s take a deeper look at Heungeul, a sentimental writer on Social Media, blowing a new wind of poems with 300 thousand followers. It is an honor to have you here. Could you please introduce yourself to all our subscribers? Hi, hello. Nice to meet you. I am Heungeul (Cho Seong-Yong) never stops writing even in this mom..

  • 2020.06.01
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Gloyeon

Interview > Korean Publishers

There is a publisher specialized in picture books. It is Gloyeon, which dreams of opening the window to the world with literature. Making picture books targeting children and teenagers aged between 13 and 18, breaking free from the idea that picture books are reserved for kids, Gloyeon is also the winner of the BIB Golden Apple Award 2019 and Lotte Publishing Culture Awards. Now, let’s take a sneak peek into what Gloyeon has to say. Logo of Gloyeon Please introduce us to Gloyeon. Gloyeon is a publisher that specializes in publishing picture books. Its name means “literature o..

  • 2020.06.01
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Chuncheon

Trend > Book Trip

The most sentimental city in Korea would be Chuncheon, Gangwondo Province. There are many reasons to visit Chuncheon: college students go to Chuncheon for workshops every spring, young couples come to enjoy the beautiful scenery, and gourmets visit Chuncheon every year to taste the famous spicy stir-fried chicken and makguksu (buckwheat noodles). Alongside the lake and river, all sorts of water sports facilities, bike roads, and rail-bike trails are connected, which makes Chuncheon a perfect place for those that love outdoor activities. Just take ITX-Cheongchun in Seoul and ride for a..

  • 2020.06.01
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Export Prospects of Korean Books

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<The Ghost Puppy's Adventures> 1. Publication Details Imprint | GAEAMNAMU Title | The Ghost Puppy's Adventures Author | Park Jeongan Illustrator | Lee Minhae Genre | Children's story Format | 175×235 Binding | Paperback Pages | 104pages ISBN | 9788968305412 2. Contact Name | Jo Wonson Email | jws@gaeamnamu.co.kr URL | http://blog.naver.com/gaeamnamu 3. Marketing Information Keyword | Family love; ghost; companion animal; sacrificial ceremonyTarget Readership | Children aged 9 to 12 4. About the Author and Illustrator Author - Park Jeongan Park ..

  • 2020.05.04
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Agency list

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ABBA COMMUNICATION Launched as a translation and interpretation agency in 204, Abba Communication (Abba hereafter) now also acts as a copyright agency. Abba supports young Korean publishers who are aspiring to build experiences in moving on to the international market, providing consultation on the way until they become global. Abba’s special forte is its excellent professional team with expertise in re-writing and/or editing synopses and introductions into texts both competitive and persuasive. Other services Abba provides include translating original materials and creating promotiona..

  • 2020.05.04
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K-BOOK Platform User Guide

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K-BOOK Platform click : k-book.or.kr About us K-BOOK PLATFORM This website was established to enable overseas publishers to search for and discover the finest Korean publications and is operated by the KPIPA. We have selected books suitable for the global publishing market. Korean publication information will be continually updated, beginning with this initial of 1,200 publications. How to Use “KPIPA introduces Korean books suitable for global publishing markets through K-Book Platform.” Leading publications are selected, and book information is provid..

  • 2020.05.04
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E-book Platforms and the Meaning of “Original Content”

Trend > Topic Ⅰ

According to the 2019 National Reading Survey, 52.1% of Korean adults were reading paper books. Adding e-books and audiobooks only pulled up the rate to 55.7%. The rate is falling with every survey. The reason for the fall in adults’ reading rate is a change of pattern in consuming content. People that enjoy other content than books reached 29.1%. Smartphones killed books. Yet, there are still readers. More and more readers are reading books with their mobile devices. Major online bookstores such as Yes 24, Kyobo Bookstore, and Aladdin have more than 10 million members each. Even e-boo..

  • 2020.05.04
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Korean literature spreading across the world

Trend > Export Case

Full-length novel <Lemon> "> Author Kwon Yeo-Sun ⓒShin Nara, <Lemon> The global publishing market is eyeing <Lemon (Changbi)>, a full-length novel written by Kwon Yeo-Sun. The book’s “World English Language Rights” were sold to Other Press in the US in 2019, while it could meet British readers after the rights were sold to British publisher Head of Zeus last March. The book <Lemon> sold translation rights to six countries until today including Japan, Vietnam, Thailand, and Russia. It is expected that the book will be further exported to other countries when the ..

  • 2020.05.04
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Current status of each field in the Korean publishing market

Knowledge > Publishing Industry

The 1980s were the golden age for social science publications in the Korean publishing industry. Under the ruling of the new military dictatorship, it was social science books and their readers that took the lead in the overall social transformation through intense democratic and labor movements. The books were the texts of social movement and transformation. Bookstores specialized in social science books, though most of them cannot be found today, thrived next to colleges across the nation. With the “announcement of democratization” in 1987, Seoul Olympics in 1988, and the establishm..

  • 2020.05.04
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2nd Week, April

Information > Best Sellers

In the second week of April 2020, Korea welcomed another year of warm spring, but social distancing was ongoing due to COVID-19. People refrain from going out and are staying longer at home; amidst such situation, the number ten integrated best seller <Lower-body Balance Stretching> catches our eyes. Published in March last year, this book introduces simple stretching movements that readers can easily follow indoors. It seems that Korean readers are reading books related to health and exercise tips that they can follow at home, as outdoor activities and workouts are limited. Along with this ..

  • 2020.05.04
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Agency list

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ABBA COMMUNICATION Launched as a translation and interpretation agency in 204, Abba Communication (Abba hereafter) now also acts as a copyright agency. Abba supports young Korean publishers who are aspiring to build experiences in moving on to the international market, providing consultation on the way until they become global. Abba’s special forte is its excellent professional team with expertise in re-writing and/or editing synopses and introductions into texts both competitive and persuasive. Other services Abba provides include translating original materials and creating promotiona..

  • 2020.04.06
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K-BOOK Platform User Guide

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K-BOOK Platform click : k-book.or.kr About us K-BOOK PLATFORM This website was established to enable overseas publishers to search for and discover the finest Korean publications and is operated by the KPIPA. We have selected books suitable for the global publishing market. Korean publication information will be continually updated, beginning with this initial of 1,200 publications. How to Use “KPIPA introduces Korean books suitable for global publishing markets through K-Book Platform.” Leading publications are selected, and book information is provid..

  • 2020.04.06
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Writer Lim Hong-Tek

Interview > Korean Authors

One book created multiple discourses and discussions, shaking the market for more than a year after making a meteor-like debut in the sluggish Korean publishing market. It is <People Born in the 90s are Coming (Whalebooks, 2018)> written by author Lim Hong-Tek. Now, what is this “born in the 90s” concept that made Korean society have such a great interest in the book and those born in the 90s? Let’s take a more in-depth look at the stories surrounding the work. It’s been already more than a year since <People Born in the 90s are Coming> was published, but the people born in the 90..

  • 2020.04.06
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Export Prospects of Korean Books

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<A Sad Goodbye (New Edition)> 1. Publication Details Imprint | NEXUS Co., Ltd. Title | A Sad Goodbye (New Edition) Subtitle | Seventeen stories about love and partings Author | Hwang Kyung Sin Genre | Literature Format | 127×188 Binding | Paperback Pages | 272pages ISBN | 9791157525201 2. Contact Name | Chung, Hyejin Jinny Phone | +82-2-330-5529 Email | copyright@nexusbook.com URL | https://www.nexusbook.com:446/ 3. Marketing Information Keyword | Novel; Essay; Love; Parting; LifeTarget Readership | Adults 4. About the Author Bor..

  • 2020.04.06
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Korean Children, Young People’s Literature

Trend > Export Case

The translation publication rights of <Almond (Changbi)>, a full-length novel written by Sohn Won-Pyung have been sold to 14 countries across the world including the Americas and Europe (the US, France, Italy, Spain, Greece), Asia (Japan, China, Taiwan, Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam), Mexico, and Israel. The thing we need to pay attention to next is the reaction of readers in English speaking countries. The book <Almond> is set to be published on May 5th in the US. After its publication in Japan in 2019, it has been receiving positive comments from the local readers, and its popularity i..

  • 2020.04.06
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2nd Week, March

Information > Best Sellers

Due to the globally threatening virus COVID-19, Korea is campaigning for “Social Distancing.” Kindergartens and schools are postponing the new semester, and office workers are refraining from going outside, working at home, having a time-out moment from their busy lives. What books are Korean readers reading while overcoming the tough situation today? The top best seller for the 2nd week of March in the four major bookstores in Korea was <The Plague>, a famous novel written by a French author Albert Camus. This book became a hot issue again after having been introduced in a TV program “Boo..

  • 2020.04.06
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Current status of each field in the Korean publishing market

Knowledge > Publishing Industry

Religion was the origin of publishing in both the East and the West. The common ground of <42-line Gutenberg Bible (1455)> which is regarded as the beginning of modern publication and <Jikji: Anthology of Great Buddhist Priests’ Zen Teachings (1377)>, the world’s first Buddhist scripture made with movable metal types which predate the Bible, is that they are both religious books. It is possible to say that philosophical and religious publications are from the same source in that they both talk about the ongoing struggles of humanity – what is a human being and how should one live. Acco..

  • 2020.04.06
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BIR

Interview > Korean Publishers

If there is a place where a child must stop by before becoming a grown-up, where would it be? Would it be the world of smartphones that are already rooted deep inside our life? Or, would it be the world of digital screens? If these two worlds are not the answer you are looking for, then how about the world of books, even though it feels a bit outdated? BIR hopes children stop by the pond of books where their imagination spreads its wings. Let’s take a deeper look at the hidden world of BIR – ceaselessly improving the quality of the pond. Logo of BIR It is the 26th anniversary o..

  • 2020.04.06
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Speech and Literature were the weapons of women

Trend > Topic

There is no such thing as “Korean Feminism.” Yet, there is a history of Korean feminism fighting against the deep-seated hatred against women in society. The year 2015 is likely to be recorded as the most important period in the Korean history of feminism. In January, a Korean teenage boy who sought to join the Islamic State in Syria lamented that men are being discriminated against, voicing his hatred of women. In February, a pop culture journalist, male, published a column titled “Anencephalous feminism is more dangerous than ISIS” in a fashion magazine. This triggered women’s joint c..

  • 2020.03.02
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Current status of each field in the Korean publishing market

Knowledge > Publishing Industry

The publication industry is “a mirror called record” that reflects the society. The publication of history-related books that are the archive of time and space connecting the past and the present is a clear indicator that shows Korean society’s interest in history. By looking at the published titles, best seller trends, and newly emerging trends, you can see where the current publishing market is and where the intellectual desire of readers is heading to. Historically, Korea has undergone long turbulent generations due to its geopolitical location in East Asia and invasions by surround..

  • 2020.03.02
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3rd Week, February

Information > Best Sellers

If you look at the list of best sellers for the third week of February this year in major Korean online bookstores, you will be able to find books in various fields such as essay, economics and business administration, scenario, exam, and liberal arts filling the top ranks. We introduce you to some of the key books among the best sellers mixed with newly added books and those that have been maintaining their position on the list for a long time. The thing that draws attention from the list of best sellers for the third week of February is the movies meeting the books. The scenario and sto..

  • 2020.03.02
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K-BOOK Platform User Guide

Information > Guide

K-BOOK Platform click : k-book.or.kr About us K-BOOK PLATFORM This website was established to enable overseas publishers to search for and discover the finest Korean publications and is operated by the KPIPA. We have selected books suitable for the global publishing market. Korean publication information will be continually updated, beginning with this initial of 1,200 publications. How to Use “KPIPA introduces Korean books suitable for global publishing markets through K-Book Platform.” Leading publications are selected, and book information is provid..

  • 2020.03.02
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Agency list

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ABBA COMMUNICATION Launched as a translation and interpretation agency in 204, Abba Communication (Abba hereafter) now also acts as a copyright agency. Abba supports young Korean publishers who are aspiring to build experiences in moving on to the international market, providing consultation on the way until they become global. Abba’s special forte is its excellent professional team with expertise in re-writing and/or editing synopses and introductions into texts both competitive and persuasive. Other services Abba provides include translating original materials and creating promotiona..

  • 2020.03.02
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Korean Non-Fiction in the Southeast Asian Publishing Market

Trend > Export Case

Centering around English-speaking countries including the Americas and Europe, public interest in Korean literature is steadily growing; meanwhile, Korean non-fiction books such as self-development and health-related books are drawing relatively positive responses in the Southeast Asian publishing market that is taking root as a major market for Korean publishing culture and contents. : Korean and English" src="/download/img/vol20/3_02.jpg"> Covers of <Blonote>: Korean and English Since the book <Blonote (Tablo, Dal Publishers)> wrote by the Korean singer Tablo was publishe..

  • 2020.03.02
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Current status of each field in the Korean publishing market

Knowledge > Publishing Industry

Interesting stories from the past will always attract people’s minds; literature was the beginning and the flower of publication in every country. The poems, novels, essays, and plays written in Korean by Korean authors that sublimate their identity, emotions, and critical minds are an irreplaceable pillar of Korean culture. In particular, while undergoing turbulent modern history including the Japanese colonization, the Korean War, military dictatorship, industrialization, democratization, globalization, and informatization, Koreans would reflect the wounds in gemlike poems, novels, a..

  • 2020.02.03
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3rd Week, January 2020

Information > Best Sellers

What were the best selling books in the first month of 2020? The top 10 best sellers in the four online bookstores are as follows: “The Intellectual Devotional” and “Broad and Shallow Knowledge for Intellectual Conversation: Zero” in liberal arts, “Eight” in self-development, “Find Your Own Happiness” in essay, and “Trend Korea 2020” in economics and business administration, which reflect the minds of readers that are preparing for a meaningful new year. Entering winter vacation, books for children readers such as “Hunhan Nammae 3”, “Seol Min-Seok’s World History Adventure 4”, and “Butt De..

  • 2020.02.03
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Export Prospects of Korean Books

Information > Book Summary

<The Strange but Extraordinary Cat Detective Vol. 2> 1. Publication Details Imprint | Gana Publishing Co., Ltd. Title | The Strange but Extraordinary Cat Detective Vol. 2 Subtitle | Where did mom disappear to? Author | Ko Heejung Illustrator | matssssal Genre | Children’s book Format | 175×235 Binding | Hard cover Pages | 128pages ISBN | 9788957362495 2. Contact Name | Lee Jungsoon Phone | +82-70-4398-2221 Email | 94sooni@gmail.com URL | http://www.ganapub.com 3. Marketing Information Keyword | Cat detective; mystery story for ..

  • 2020.02.03
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K-BOOK Platform User Guide

Information > Guide

K-BOOK Platform click : k-book.or.kr About us K-BOOK PLATFORM This website was established to enable overseas publishers to search for and discover the finest Korean publications and is operated by the KPIPA. We have selected books suitable for the global publishing market. Korean publication information will be continually updated, beginning with this initial of 1,200 publications. How to Use “KPIPA introduces Korean books suitable for global publishing markets through K-Book Platform.” Leading publications are selected, and book information is provid..

  • 2020.02.03
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Agency List

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ABBA COMMUNICATION Launched as a translation and interpretation agency in 204, Abba Communication (Abba hereafter) now also acts as a copyright agency. Abba supports young Korean publishers who are aspiring to build experiences in moving on to the international market, providing consultation on the way until they become global. Abba’s special forte is its excellent professional team with expertise in re-writing and/or editing synopses and introductions into texts both competitive and persuasive. Other services Abba provides include translating original materials and creating promotiona..

  • 2020.02.03
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South Korean bestsellers in November

Information > Best Sellers

The bestseller lists for the third week of November from South Korea's biggest online bookstores Kyobo Book Centre and Interpark were nearly identical, showing a clear trend in reader demand as the year-end wanes closer. In addition to <Trend Korea 2020> which topped both lists last month, books like <8>, <The Longevity Paradox> and <Ji-young Kim, Born in '82> were popular at both bookstores, showing South Korean readers were into a number of subjects in November like economics/management, self-development, health and novels and not just focused on one category. However, if one category h..

  • 2019.12.09
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Export Prospects of Korean Books

Information > Book Summary

<Prince in Useless Land> 1. Publication Details Imprint | GOBOOKY BOOKS Co. Ltd. Title | Prince in Useless Land Author | Kim Min Jeong Illustrator | Lee Gap Gyu Genre | Fairy tale Format | 185×240 Binding | Paperback Pages | 132pages ISBN | 9788966072026 2. Contact Name | Oh Wonyoung Phone | +82-10-4050-2662 Email | owy0209@naver.com URL | http://www.gobook2.com/main 3. Marketing Information Keyword | Children's story; teaching; education Target Readership | Children ages 9 to 12 4. About the Author and Illustrator Author - Kim Min Jeong Kim..

  • 2019.11.04
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South Korean bestsellers in October

Information > Best Sellers

In the third week of October, essay collections that can help make the chillier weather feel a bit warmer found themselves on bestseller lists at Aladin and YES24. Recently in South Korea, essay collections have seen sustained popularity as readers seek them out for comfort in their busy and tiring lives. <From a Lone Person to a Lone Person> by Lee Byung-ryul and Geulbaewoo's <Either Tired or Nothing You Like> both made it to bestseller lists with their empathy-filled sentences and words of support for readers. Meanwhile, as the end of the year nears, readers have been paying attention t..

  • 2019.11.04
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K-BOOK Platform User Guide

Information > Guide

About us K-BOOK PLATFORM This website was established to enable overseas publishers to search for and discover the finest Korean publications and is operated by the KPIPA. We have selected books suitable for the global publishing market. Korean publication information will be continually updated, beginning with this initial of 1,200 publications. How to Use “KPIPA introduces Korean books suitable for global publishing markets through K-Book Platform.” Leading publications are selected, and book information is provided in English. ・ Information provided: Sel..

  • 2019.07.08
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K-BOOK Platform User Guide

Information > Guide

About us K-BOOK PLATFORM This website was established to enable overseas publishers to search for and discover the finest Korean publications and is operated by the KPIPA. We have selected books suitable for the global publishing market. Korean publication information will be continually updated, beginning with this initial of 1,200 publications. How to Use “KPIPA introduces Korean books suitable for global publishing markets through K-Book Platform.” Leading publications are selected, and book information is provided in English. ・ Information provided: Sel..

  • 2019.08.05
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K-BOOK Platform User Guide

Information > Guide

About us K-BOOK PLATFORM This website was established to enable overseas publishers to search for and discover the finest Korean publications and is operated by the KPIPA. We have selected books suitable for the global publishing market. Korean publication information will be continually updated, beginning with this initial of 1,200 publications. How to Use “KPIPA introduces Korean books suitable for global publishing markets through K-Book Platform.” Leading publications are selected, and book information is provided in English. ・ Information provided: Sel..

  • 2019.09.09
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K-BOOK Platform User Guide

Information > Guide

About us K-BOOK PLATFORM This website was established to enable overseas publishers to search for and discover the finest Korean publications and is operated by the KPIPA. We have selected books suitable for the global publishing market. Korean publication information will be continually updated, beginning with this initial of 1,200 publications. How to Use “KPIPA introduces Korean books suitable for global publishing markets through K-Book Platform.” Leading publications are selected, and book information is provided in English. ・ Information provided: Sel..

  • 2019.10.07
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K-BOOK Platform User Guide

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K-BOOK Platform click : k-book.or.kr About us K-BOOK PLATFORM This website was established to enable overseas publishers to search for and discover the finest Korean publications and is operated by the KPIPA. We have selected books suitable for the global publishing market. Korean publication information will be continually updated, beginning with this initial of 1,200 publications. How to Use “KPIPA introduces Korean books suitable for global publishing markets through K-Book Platform.” Leading publications are selected, and book information is provid..

  • 2019.11.04
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K-BOOK Platform User Guide

Information > Guide

K-BOOK Platform click : k-book.or.kr About us K-BOOK PLATFORM This website was established to enable overseas publishers to search for and discover the finest Korean publications and is operated by the KPIPA. We have selected books suitable for the global publishing market. Korean publication information will be continually updated, beginning with this initial of 1,200 publications. How to Use “KPIPA introduces Korean books suitable for global publishing markets through K-Book Platform.” Leading publications are selected, and book information is provid..

  • 2019.12.09
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Illustrator Kim Hwan-Young

Interview > Korean Authors

Illustrator Kim Hwan-Young has captured readers' hearts with his beautiful work in children's tales like <Paper Rice (naznsan)>, <The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly (Sakyejul)> and <The Children Who Swallowed the Sun (Changbi)>, as well as picture books including <The Butterfly Catching Father (Gilbut Children)>, <Corn (Sakyejul)> and <Bbaeddaegi (Changbi)>. His illustrations are known for their powerful brush strokes that can seem crude and rough at times, while his India-ink painting style conveys Korean emotions. Kim often opens up his atelier to readers, which is nestled inside a small co..

  • 2019.07.08
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EunHaeng NaMu Publishing

Interview > Korean Publishers

Stories still entice people's imaginations. We live in an age inundated by images and videos, but despite this, everything circles back to stories in books made of paper and letters. This might be the reason why books are continuously being created ever since humans created written characters. And EunHaeng NaMu Publishing has a special talent for making stories that leave readers wanting for more. Hi. It's good to meet you through <K-Book Trends>. We are aware that EunHaeng NaMu Publishing has made many efforts in publishing many stories in the form of novels and essays. Could you..

  • 2019.10.07
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KL Management's Export Success Case for Novel <Almond>

Trend > Export Case

Joseph Lee, president of KL Management, has been known for his wide-reaching efforts over the years to export South Korean books and spread Korean literature around the world. Some even call him the 'global evangelist for Korean literature'. We recently met with Lee who led export projects for the novel <Almond (Changbi Publishers)>, which was successfully exported to 12 countries and translated into 13 languages. The following details the story behind his efforts, the current status of South Korean book exports and why <Almond> came to be so successful outside South Korea. Q. We've ..

  • 2019.06.10
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Round Ground

Trend > Export Case

How does play begin? There are times when one ponders whether play has turned into learning. So much educational material and the media rarely think twice about directing children how to play, and caregivers are always eager to lead and interfere when children play. One may think there are right and wrong ways to play, but play will always be play. Playing is enough when it's enjoyed no matter the process, with fun materials and tools. Everything the eye can see, whether it be tree leaves, bubbles, passersby or the house you live in, can be materials for play or even play itself if it's visibl..

  • 2019.10.07
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South Korea's online platforms where readers can meet genre literature

Trend > Topic

Typically genre literature refers to genre fiction, which in turn is used to call novels with similar elements or narrative styles like books of science fiction, fantasy novels, detective thrillers and mysteries. As we entered the 2010s, the market for e-books and web novels which represent digital publishing content rapidly grew and genre fiction has been shaking up the conventional literature scene ever since. In South Korea, web novels centering on genre fiction appeared in earnest in January 2013 on Naver's web novel service. What sets web novels apart from conventional novels is the f..

  • 2019.12.09
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South Korean Government Policies to Shore Up the Publishing Industry

NEWS > PUBLISHING INDUSTRY

One characteristic of South Korea's publishing industry is that the government is heavily involved in the industry policy-wise. Before the South Korean government's declaration of democracy and the authorization of independent establishment of publishing companies in 1987, the military-dominated government oppressed publishers and announced many publication regulations. From 1993 when civilian administrations took control of the country and into the 2000s, the government launched policies to boost the publishing industry, introducing a completely different paradigm. Backing this curren..

  • 2018.05.30
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South Korea's publishing market based on category

Knowledge > Publishing Industry

The biggest characteristic of South Korea's publishing industry is that the portion of books on education and learning for young children to students of all ages is very large. South Korea's college-attendance rate is roughly 70 percent, which is one of the highest among OECD countries. According to a 2016 survey by the Korea Research Institute for Vocational Education &amp; Training (KRIVET), 47 percent of respondents said they went to college for a better job, 25 percent said they attended to learn more and 14 percent said they went to college because graduating from university would result..

  • 2019.12.09
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Overseas Publication Grants

NEWS > Info

Publication Industry Promotion Agency of Korea (KPIPA) requests your interest and participation in our "Overseas Publication Grants," a project that promotes export of Korean publications to overseas markets. 1. Project Overview • Purpose : upport the overseas publication of outstanding Korean works in order to lay the groundwork for a "Korean Wave" in the publishing industry. • Summary : Provide partial grants to overseas publishers that have published or will publish Korean works in 2018 under a copyright agreement with a Korean publisher. 2. Project Detail..

  • 2018.05.30
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Agencies talk actual copyright export cases

TOPIC > SPECIAL

It is a well known fact South Korea's copyrights are being exported actively throughout the globe. However, it is difficult to know in detail what books are being sold into which countries and how. This is because the information is directly connected to the business operations of agencies that are involved in intermediating export deals. It is also because so many books are being exported to other countries simultaneously. In our January webzine, we will look at what kinds of content have been exported so far including literature, children's books, practical books, series, comics, webtoons a..

  • 2017.12.22
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Essays that touch the heart

Trend > Special Project

Emotional essays that touch and 'heal' readers have seen no end to their popularity over the past several years. Works of writing that spell out everyday experiences and emotions in simple sentences as well as essays that provide comfort via narrators that are well-known animation characters have found immense demand from young readers in South Korea. 2018, in particular, was truly a year for these emotionally touching essays. <Pooh Bear, Happiness Happens Every Day>, <Every Moment Was You>, <Temperature of Language> According to 2018 bestseller data from online bookstore ..

  • 2019.07.08
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The Growth of Korean Audio Books, Celebrities Attract Listeners

Trend > Special Project

'Reading' books with your ears through audiobooks Audiobooks are books that have little to do with paper and written words, but rather, recorded voices. When audiobooks were first introduced, they saw a surge of interest as 'useful content' that could replace paper books for those unable to easily read books in physical form, like the elderly or visually impaired. Through audiobooks, those who could not read books with their eyes were now able to expand their knowledge and understanding of culture. As time passed, people without disabilities have also come to appreciate the benefits that audi..

  • 2019.06.10
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2019 Seoul International Book Fair - Arrival

Trend > Topic

From June 19 to 23, the 2019 Seoul International Book Fair (SIBF) was held at Seoul's COEX. Themes for 2017 and 2018 had been 'transformation' and 'expansion' respectively, and this year's book fair had the theme 'arrival'. The theme 'arrival' for SIBF was given in reference to prospects for books to come, and those for the world beyond books. Visitors to the 2019 SIBF were invited to learn about the 'arrival' of South Korea's publishing industry and the country's society beyond their 'transformation' and 'expansion'. Official posters for the 2019 Seoul International Book Fair So..

  • 2019.07.08
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South Korea's Publishing Industry in H1 2019 and Forecasts for H2

Trend > Topic

What kind of changes took place in the first half of 2019 for South Korea's publishing industry? First of all, typical for the first six months of every year, there were many books that looked back on the previous year and set new goals for the current year. Books that carried serious ruminations about life were snapped up by readers. And for the first time in a long time, liberal arts books -mostly philosophical books, did better than books in other categories. Befitting the age of new media, various programs introducing books could be seen on television, YouTube and podcasts. Also, due to ..

  • 2019.08.05
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Interview with author Kim Tak-hwan

TOPIC > EXPORT TRENDS

Recently, Korean author Kim Tak-hwan's <the banggakbon murder case> was given a literary prize from France's distinguished Jean Moulin Lyon 3 University. Renowned for his mystery novels, Kim's convincing story structure won over judges and as a result, he has been seen in a new light for his talent and ability. Many of his 25 novels have been turned into movies and television dramas. As an author, he has a wide spectrum, even going on to produce books addressing social issues like <It is a lie> and <He who is beautiful will be a person> KPIPAWe are pleased to introduce you to our re..

  • 2018.05.30
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GOZKNOCK ENT

TOPIC > KOREAN PUBLISHER 1

Imagine a hunter who seeks out his prey for writing, hunts it down, collects it and cooks it after. If one were to look at Gozknock ENT, they would be reminded of such a hunter, as the workers here become observers and explorers in order to find good writing. They are in their second year of existence and they already have a strong reader base and are known for their genre novels. Readers say they don’t need to think twice when it comes to books from Gozknock - they just read them. The below is a Q&amp;A with Bae Seon-a, head of Gozknock ENT currently sprouting stories for film adaptations in ..

  • 2018.07.31
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"NexusBOOKS"

TOPIC > KOREAN PUBLISHER 1

People fantasize about travel all the time. Placing those fantasies into one book can help create a guide for some, while for others; it can be equal to leaving a mark to remind them of where they had gone. Nexus' travel-specific brand NexusBOOKS is becoming a milestone, a landmark for those people. The strength of NexusBOOKS, which has set out to create books for the next generation, stems from this. The publisher moves quickly to match changing trends in travel, and not only do their writers convey information accurately, they also deliver all the emotions a trip elsewhere can prompt -- al..

  • 2017.12.01
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South Korea's Major Online Bookstores

NEWS > PUBLISHING INDUSTRY

Online bookstores account for 30 percent of South Korea's total book distribution and sales. The largest bookstore companies of this kind include YES24, Aladin, Interpark and Kyobo Book Centre, which has a large offline base. They are the 'Big 4' and when including offline sales, Kyobo dominates, but when talking about just online book sales, YES24 is the current leader. After ‘Amazon.com’ emerged in the United States in 1995, global online book sales surged sharply and in South Korea, the first online bookstore appeared in 1997. Shortly after in the early 2000s, several more online..

  • 2017.12.01
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Book Factory Dubulu

TOPIC > KOREAN PUBLISHER 1

The South Korean public's interest in animals is growing by the day. More people are recognizing animals must be protected and as many celebrities join the movement it is far from a foreign concept now. However, this trend didn't appear naturally. Society is only changing because of someone's desperate cries and actions for change from when no one thought about animal preservation. Book Factory Dubulu, founded in 2006, is one of those entities who sought change. The publisher created momentum for change in people's thoughts and actions as they consistently published books on animals. The..

  • 2018.05.30
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South Korea's April Bestsellers

NEWS > BEST SELLER

Sales of essays that comfort and heal surge A book of sayings by Winnie the Pooh called <Pooh Bear, Happiness Happens Every Day> has risen to first place on the bestseller list, driven by popularity from female readers. This book has also morphed into a publication to be 'seen' in addition to being read as readers have been sharing photos of the book cover on social media. With the sudden spike in the popularity of Winnie the Pooh, essays that focus on comforting and healing readers have also come into focus by readers. Expectations are high other essay collections that use animation..

  • 2018.05.30
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Character Licensing Fair 2017

TOPIC > ISSUE

Among South Korea's cultural contents industry, the character industry has been recognized for its infinite possibilities, even going on to be dubbed 'the goose that laid the golden egg'. Characters popular inside and outside of South Korea including Pororo, Larva, Robocar Poli and Tobot could all be seen at the Character Licensing Fair 2017. △ Crowds at the Character Licensing Fair 2017 Characters all together! The Character Licensing Fair 2017 is in its 16th year and was held at COEX in Seoul from July 12 to 16. This year, around 320 character license related firms and grou..

  • 2017.07.28
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South Korea's August Bestsellers

NEWS > BEST SELLER

Top-sellers continue to dominate Japanese author Haruki Murakami's <Killing Commendatore> topped South Korea's bestseller list for a fourth consecutive week, flaunting its popularity among Korean readers. Kiju Lee's <Temperature of Language> and Nam-joo Jo's <Ji-young Kim Born in '82> continued to enjoy their spots among the top 15 with no big changes. <Lessons in Latin>, a liberal arts book that dissects Latin snagged a place within the top 10 after seeing a fresh drive in popularity. TV programs lend a boost Some books have been riding the coattails of liberal arts television programs ..

  • 2017.08.18
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2017 Bookstore Day

TOPIC > ISSUE

Every Nov. 11 is Bookstore Day In 2016, the Korea Federation of Bookstore Association designated Nov. 11 as 'Bookstore Day' as the Chinese character for 'book' resembles books standing in a bookcase. South Korea's culture ministry decided to start providing support for this annual 'holiday' starting this year, hosting regional events to mark the day and holding other festivities to boost recognition of bookstores and those who are in the industry - including bookstores that are not in major cities. At the main event marking the holiday, awards were handed out including one gi..

  • 2017.12.01
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Black Forest

TOPIC > KOREAN PUBLISHER 2

Genre literature refers to novels that deal with a number of subjects, like horror, science fiction, chivalry, fear, mystery, fantasy and romance. Not only can they be read in physical books but in e-books and online series as well, making it easy for these genres to secure a fan base. In the case of online novels, it has acted as a driving force for genre literature and transformed into a gateway for budding novelists. Perhaps this is the reason why these works show much variety in subject matter and entertain readers with their fresh, creative content that sometimes throws messages at societ..

  • 2017.08.18
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Golden Bough

TOPIC > KOREAN PUBLISHER 1

Genre literature refers to novels that deal with a number of subjects, like horror, science fiction, chivalry, fear, mystery, fantasy and romance. Not only can they be read in physical books but in e-books and online series as well, making it easy for these genres to secure a fan base. In the case of online novels, it has acted as a driving force for genre literature and transformed into a gateway for budding novelists. Perhaps this is the reason why these works show much variety in subject matter and entertain readers with their fresh, creative content that sometimes throws messages at societ..

  • 2017.08.18
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Overseas Publication Grants

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Publication Industry Promotion Agency of Korea (KPIPA) requests your interest and participation in our "Overseas Publication Grants," a project that promotes export of Korean publications to overseas markets. 1. Project Overview • Purpose :Support the overseas publication of outstanding Korean works to lay the groundwork for a "Korean Wave" in the publishing industry. • Summary :Provide partial grants to overseas publishers that have published or will publish Korean works from August 2018 to October 2019 under a copyright agreement with a Korean publisher. 2. Project Details ..

  • 2019.06.10
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Overseas Publication Grants

NEWS > Info

Publication Industry Promotion Agency of Korea (KPIPA) requests your interest and participation in our "Overseas Publication Grants," a project that promotes export of Korean publications to overseas markets. 1. Project Overview • Purpose : upport the overseas publication of outstanding Korean works in order to lay the groundwork for a "Korean Wave" in the publishing industry. • Summary : Provide partial grants to overseas publishers that have published or will publish Korean works in 2018 under a copyright agreement with a Korean publisher. 2. Project Detail..

  • 2018.07.31
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South Korea's June Bestsellers

NEWS > BEST SELLER

<Pooh Bear, Happiness Happens Every Day>(RH Korea), which has sparked a surge in popularity for famous character-led essay collections hopped back into first place on the bestseller list in June. North Korean defector Thae Yong-ho’s <Cryptography From the Third-Floor Secretariat>(Guiparang), snapped up by senior readers thanks to volatile inter-Korean issues, slipped to third place. <Every Moment Was You>(Wisdom House) stepped up to second place. Written by Ha Tae-wan, who was propelled to fame by his social media accounts, the book saw demand after a character in a popular television drama wa..

  • 2018.07.31
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South Korea’s Literary Awards

TOPIC > TRENDS

Authors of South Korea usually start their careers by writing short stories. Every January 1st, South Korea’s key newspapers print literary works that have snagged awards, like short novels, poems, reviews and fairy tales. These contests by the papers are called “sinchunmunye”, which would translate into “spring literary contest”. This tradition began in 1925 by DongA Ilbo newspaper and for the next near century, South Korea’s key writers would first meet readers through this method. South Korea’s literary editors read these works at the beginning of the year, assess the literary potential..

  • 2018.07.31
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South Korea's digital publishing industry

NEWS > PUBLISHING INDUSTRY

From publishers to large-scale bookstores, regional bookshops and second-hand bookstores, South Korea's offline book distribution structure is detailed as it is diverse. This is a close look into South Korea's offline publication distribution structure and the issues surrounding it. Differences in growth per bookstore size According to a biennial survey carried out by the Korea Federation of Bookstore Association, there were 2,116 offline bookstores in South Korea as of 2015. This was 38 percent less than a decade ago when the country had 3,429 bookstores in 2005. The decline was ..

  • 2017.08.18
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Export Prospects of Korean Books

NEWS > BOOK SUMMARY

<It’s Because…> 1. Publication Details Imprint | Bearbook Title | It’s Because… Author | Bonsoir Lune Format | 26.5*23.5 Binding | Hardcover Pages | 52pages ISBN | 979-11-5836-028-3 2. Contact Name | Choi, Hyun K. Phone | +82-2-332-2672 Email | bear@bearbooks.co.kr URL | www.bearbooks.co.kr 3. Selling Points ★2017 New Release ★Ranked as top 5 list during 8 weeks A child who is interested about everything in the world + A mother who nurtures the curiosity of her child. 4. About the Author / Illustrator Majoring in visual design, she studied illus..

  • 2017.08.18
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Export Prospects of Korean Books

Information > Book Summary

<From Poetry> 1. Publication Details Imprint | SANZINI Title | From Poetry Author | Choi Yeongcheol Genre | Literature Format | 140×205 Binding | Paperback Pages | 224pages ISBN | 9788965455974 2. Contact Name | Kang Sugeul Phone | +82-051-504-7070 Email | sanzini@sanzinibook.com URL | https://sanzinibook.tistory.com/ 3. Marketing Information Keyword | Poetry; poet; writing; poetry theory; essay Target Readership | Adult 4. About the Author Kang made his literary debut in 1986 at the Hankook Ilbo Daily Spring Literary Competition. His published ..

  • 2019.08.05
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South Korea's National Institute of Ecology - Known for publishing content acclaimed worldwide

Trend > Export Case

South Korea's National Institute of Ecology operated by the country's Ministry of Environment calls itself 'another little Earth' with its exhibits of various plants and animals from countries around the world, including South Korea. The institute also publishes a diverse range of books on the environment for everyone from children to experts. Recently, the institute exported publishing rights of 13 books to Vietnam and Turkey, and some of them have already been translated and introduced to the local markets there. This year, seven books including <The Facts Within the Fairy Tales: Aesop's Sto..

  • 2019.08.05
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e-future, a business specializing in ELT content

Trend > Export Case

Creator of the widely-acclaimed 'Smart Phonics' series, South Korean ELT (English Language Teaching) content company e-future is leaping forward as a global English education firm, beyond South Korea's sluggish English education market. As an ELT content specializing company, e-future has been making meaningful strides in English education. I think our readers will want to know how e-future became a major ELT content provider from a country where English is not an official language. After e-future was established in 2000, we've been developing our own English education..

  • 2019.09.09
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South Korean bestsellers in August

Information > Best Sellers

As of the third week of August 2019, readers' interest in bilateral relations between South Korea and Japan peaked, largely attributed to a diplomatic rift between the two countries. As a result, <Anti-Japan Tribalism> rose to become the best-selling book at YES24 and second best-selling book at Aladin last month. Essay collection <Why Travel> ticked down to third and fourth place in the bestseller lists respectively, but it showed sustained popularity. Other genres that made the bestseller lists last month included novels, essay collections, comic books for children and exam preparation bo..

  • 2019.09.09
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Social media, or word-of-mouth marketing a must-have for one-person publishing companies

Knowledge > Publishing Industry

The publishing industry has turned downward as smartphones provide increasingly more means of entertainment, but on the other hand, there are those in the industry who are rejoicing thanks to the boons social media and mobile marketing have brought them. These would be one-person publishing companies, often referred to as the startups of the publishing industry. According to KPIPA, one-person publishers are small publishing companies that employ four or fewer workers. Usually at these establishments, the head of the company is in charge of planning, reach out efforts to authors, manuscript ..

  • 2019.09.09
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Wookwan Sunim

Interview > Korean Authors

'Where did this food come from?' Temple food refers to food cooked to capture the original taste from ingredients usually grown in Buddhist temples or found in nature. Temple food is special even in South Korea. To meet temple food is to go beyond the act of eating and think about where the ingredients came from and how the food was made. It is to realize the preciousness of food. Right now, when so many people have much interest in the preservation of humankind and protecting nature, Korean temple food is finding its place as a cultural element as it opens up a new view into food. Wookwa..

  • 2019.09.09
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East-Asia Publishing

Interview > Korean Publishers

Cultural sciences, social sciences and natural sciences are all, when taken from a broad point of view, part of liberal arts. East-Asia Publishing Co. is a South Korean publisher that focuses on turning these fields of science into culture. Rather than just acting as a publishing archive, East-Asia Publishing says it is constantly working to set the agenda and create trends for the publishing industry by finding common ground with the public. The following article details the goals and plans for East-Asia Publishing where communication with readers is of utmost importance. <img src="/d..

  • 2019.09.09
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Busan

Trend > Book Trip

Busan. Frequently referred to as 'the second-largest city in South Korea' but these words don’t do the city justice. Of course, when it comes to objective data like population or the size of the economy, the description is true, but it would be regretful to leave the city's description at that single sentence, as Busan has its own unique culture. That uniqueness only grows in the oldest parts of the city. This is why one should walk through the streets and cross bridges to take a true look at Busan. Travel into layers of time The oldest and most cultural area of Busan..

  • 2019.09.09
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Agency list

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ABBA COMMUNICATION Launched as a translation and interpretation agency in 204, Abba Communication (Abba hereafter) now also acts as a copyright agency. Abba supports young Korean publishers who are aspiring to build experiences in moving on to the international market, providing consultation on the way until they become global. Abba’s special forte is its excellent professional team with expertise in re-writing and/or editing synopses and introductions into texts both competitive and persuasive. Other services Abba provides include translating original materials and creating promotiona..

  • 2019.09.09
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South Korea's Fixed Book Price Policy

Knowledge > Publishing Policy Ⅱ

Fixed book price policies are rules that set consumer prices for books at levels the publishers select. Countries where these policies exist, sell books at the same price anywhere you go. Instead of competition through prices at the commercial sale level, price competition takes place at the production stage between publishers, boosting the diversity of distribution channels and convenience of readers. The global publishing market is divided into countries that have fixed book prices and those that do not. English speaking countries like the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada and Aus..

  • 2019.08.05
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Visual adaptation rights for books and sales

Knowledge > Publishing Industry Ⅱ

Global attention towards South Korea's cultural content has been growing. Music records, videos, performances, art, clothing, food and even temple-related cultural content have been subject to global interest. The following takes a look at visual content adaptations of South Korean literature on the global stage and offers an outlook for these adaptations going ahead. Rights to adapt South Korean literary works into television dramas, movies and musical performances are being sold overseas. Previously, diverse South Korean television dramas like <Winter Sonata>, <Autumn In My ..

  • 2019.10.07
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South Korean bestsellers in September

Information > Best Sellers

Comparing online bestsellers at South Korea's Interpark and Kyobo Book Centre in the second week of September shows the same books have mostly been included on their top-selling lists. Books including <Normal Siblings 1, 2>, <One Day I Became a Princess (luxury limited edition)> and <You Can Fix Your Brain> were all among the top 10 bestselling books in September, showing how popular they were. Among the bestsellers at Interpark and Kyobo Book Centre, Kim Young-ha's <Why Travel> drew intrigue. <Why Travel> is now marking its fifth month after release and despite this, it was the fifth best..

  • 2019.10.07
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Agency list

Information > Agency List

ABBA COMMUNICATION Launched as a translation and interpretation agency in 204, Abba Communication (Abba hereafter) now also acts as a copyright agency. Abba supports young Korean publishers who are aspiring to build experiences in moving on to the international market, providing consultation on the way until they become global. Abba’s special forte is its excellent professional team with expertise in re-writing and/or editing synopses and introductions into texts both competitive and persuasive. Other services Abba provides include translating original materials and creating promotiona..

  • 2019.06.10
  • 444

Agency list

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ABBA COMMUNICATION Launched as a translation and interpretation agency in 204, Abba Communication (Abba hereafter) now also acts as a copyright agency. Abba supports young Korean publishers who are aspiring to build experiences in moving on to the international market, providing consultation on the way until they become global. Abba’s special forte is its excellent professional team with expertise in re-writing and/or editing synopses and introductions into texts both competitive and persuasive. Other services Abba provides include translating original materials and creating promotiona..

  • 2019.07.08
  • 442

Agency list

Information > Agency List

ABBA COMMUNICATION Launched as a translation and interpretation agency in 204, Abba Communication (Abba hereafter) now also acts as a copyright agency. Abba supports young Korean publishers who are aspiring to build experiences in moving on to the international market, providing consultation on the way until they become global. Abba’s special forte is its excellent professional team with expertise in re-writing and/or editing synopses and introductions into texts both competitive and persuasive. Other services Abba provides include translating original materials and creating promotiona..

  • 2019.08.05
  • 85

Agency list

Information > Agency List

ABBA COMMUNICATION Launched as a translation and interpretation agency in 204, Abba Communication (Abba hereafter) now also acts as a copyright agency. Abba supports young Korean publishers who are aspiring to build experiences in moving on to the international market, providing consultation on the way until they become global. Abba’s special forte is its excellent professional team with expertise in re-writing and/or editing synopses and introductions into texts both competitive and persuasive. Other services Abba provides include translating original materials and creating promotiona..

  • 2019.10.07
  • 73

Agency list

Information > Agency List

ABBA COMMUNICATION Launched as a translation and interpretation agency in 204, Abba Communication (Abba hereafter) now also acts as a copyright agency. Abba supports young Korean publishers who are aspiring to build experiences in moving on to the international market, providing consultation on the way until they become global. Abba’s special forte is its excellent professional team with expertise in re-writing and/or editing synopses and introductions into texts both competitive and persuasive. Other services Abba provides include translating original materials and creating promotiona..

  • 2019.11.04
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Agency list

Information > Agency List

ABBA COMMUNICATION Launched as a translation and interpretation agency in 204, Abba Communication (Abba hereafter) now also acts as a copyright agency. Abba supports young Korean publishers who are aspiring to build experiences in moving on to the international market, providing consultation on the way until they become global. Abba’s special forte is its excellent professional team with expertise in re-writing and/or editing synopses and introductions into texts both competitive and persuasive. Other services Abba provides include translating original materials and creating promotiona..

  • 2019.12.09
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Books and Writers of the Year Selected by Bookstores

Trend > Special Project

Autumn, with days perfect for reading, is the season of books. There is a reason why autumn in South Korea is special. The Korea Federation of Bookstores Association celebrates every Nov. 11 which is 'Bookstore Day' and announces books and author of the year selected by bookstores. A shortlist is made from a list of recommended books and authors selected by bookstore professionals from South Korea, and finalists are chosen by a panel of judges comprised of well-known experts from the bookstore industry, publishing industry and reading movements. The Korea Federation of Bookstores As..

  • 2019.11.04
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Published in more than 40 countries, an unprecedented achievement in Korean literature

Trend > Export Case

Shin Kyung-sook's <Please Look After Mom> was a novel that affirmed the fact Korean literature had the ability to penetrate overseas markets. The novel was a signal flare that marked in earnest the beginning of Korean book exports to the world. Today, non-Korean editors ask Shin for book recommendation comments and the following is the story of the author who has captured the hearts of the international publishing market. Author Shin Kyung-sook We're elated to introduce you to our webzine readers. Please introduce yourself to our <K-Book Trends> readers. Hello, I'm..

  • 2019.11.04
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South Korea's May Bestsellers

NEWS > BEST SELLER

Explosion of interest in <Cryptography From the Third-Floor Secretariat>, a tell-all on Kim Jong Un’s regime amid swift changes on the Korean peninsula Former North Korean deputy ambassador to the United Kingdom Thae Yong Ho’s memoir <Cryptography From the Third-Floor Secretariat> topped YES24’s bestseller list in the fifth week of May for a second week. This book, which tells the secrets of Kim Jong Un’s regime in North Korea sold roughly 3,000 copies within three days of publication on YES24 and has been at the center of a whirlwind in the bookstore industry. Among its readers, 38.9 pe..

  • 2018.06.28
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Overseas Publication Grants

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Publication Industry Promotion Agency of Korea (KPIPA) requests your interest and participation in our "Overseas Publication Grants," a project that promotes export of Korean publications to overseas markets. 1. Project Overview • Purpose : upport the overseas publication of outstanding Korean works in order to lay the groundwork for a "Korean Wave" in the publishing industry. • Summary : Provide partial grants to overseas publishers that have published or will publish Korean works in 2018 under a copyright agreement with a Korean publisher. 2. Project Detail..

  • 2018.06.28
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South Korea’s Digital Publishing Contents Platform

NEWS > PUBLISHING INDUSTRY

In the digital age, books are no longer only in paper form but in all kinds of versions becoming evolved and expanded thanks to digital technology. When you take books only in paper form, it looks like the crisis of books is structurally inevitable, but when you combine them with all kinds of digital publications and digital publication content, a new publication market and reading culture have born anew. One thing that represents this change would be the platform services for publications. One characteristic of publishing platforms is that it brings together content goods that users, who have..

  • 2018.06.28
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Book Ecosystem Vision Forum - the 3rd

TOPIC > ISSUE

The third part of the <Book ecosystem vision forum> called ‘The Birth of An Author’ was hosted at a hall inside the JU center, a cultural space for young South Koreans on May 31. “What do publishers need to do in order for authors to feel the actions of publishers are a form of ‘beautiful interference’? This is a place where we will discuss how to increase the number of local writers,” said Jeong Eun-sook, head of the forum’s executive committee. This section of the webzine aims to summarize what was discussed at the forum regarding the birth of new authors while introducing what lies ahead fo..

  • 2018.06.28
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Diverse Ways to Love Books

TOPIC > TRENDS

Authors of South Korea usually start their careers by writing short stories. Every January 1st, South Korea’s key newspapers print literary works that have snagged awards, like short novels, poems, reviews and fairy tales. These contests by the papers are called “sinchunmunye”, which would translate into “spring literary contest”. This tradition began in 1925 by DongA Ilbo newspaper and for the next near century, South Korea’s key writers would first meet readers through this method. South Korea’s literary editors read these works at the beginning of the year, assess the literary potential..

  • 2018.06.28
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South Korea's May Bestsellers

Information > Best Sellers

A look at the bestseller lists at South Korea's biggest bookstore chains for the third week of May this year shows two Korean authors keeping a strong grip at the top. According to Kyobo Book Centre, YES24 and Aladin, Kim Young-ha's <Why Travel (Munhakdongne)> and Hong Chun-wook's <The History of Money Through 50 Incidents (Rok Media)> took the top spots, showing their popularity is still going strong. Meanwhile, Cho Hyun-ah's <Yeon's Letters (Sonbom Books)> surged quickly in the charts even before its official release scheduled for May 27, thanks to pre-orders for the book version of the o..

  • 2019.06.10
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Export Prospects of Korean Books

Information > Book Summary

<Secrets to Winning Hearts without Words> 1. Publication Details Imprint | SigongsaTitle | Secrets to Winning Hearts without Words Subtitle | Body Language of Attraction Author | Heo Haengyang Genre | Business ManagementFormat | 140×207 Binding | Paperback Pages | 208pages ISBN | 9788952794994 2. Contact Name | Lee Youngeun Phone | +82-2-2046-2900 Email | annlee@sigongsa.com 3. Marketing Information Keyword | Personal development; negotiation; persuation; communications; social skills; psychologyTarget Readership | Young Adult, AdultMedia Review and Adver..

  • 2019.06.10
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Interview with author Jung-hyuk Kim

TOPIC > EXPORT TRENDS

It is not an easy feat melding sharp and piercing insight and bright humor into one piece of literature. Novelist Jung-hyuk Kim, the interviewee of this month's issue, debuted in 2000 with 『Penguin News』 and since, he has been publishing novels and essay collections to consistently show his work. He also does work related to cinema while giving lectures and working as a podcast DJ. In South Korea, Kim has a wide group of fans thanks to his witty dialog and he is known for being an all-round novelist with knowledge in a variety of areas. The 'star writer' is only bound for more success and this..

  • 2017.12.22
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Book exports by authors Sun-mi Hwang, You-jeong Jeong and Jung-myung Lee

REPORT > COLUMN 1

December, for most, is a month that symbolizes the close of the year. Over the past year, many South Korean books took a stroll outside South Korea to various countries around the world. It shows South Korean literature has received consistent attention from foreign readers in a number of different countries and fuels hopes they will garner more success in the future. Sun-mi Hwang's 『Miracle on Cherry Hill』 Sold Into the United Kingdom Cover art for Yeon-su Kim's 『World's End Girlfriend』 ⓒ Sakyejul Sun-mi Hwang's 『Miracle on Cherry Hill』 was sold into the ..

  • 2017.12.22
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South Korea's December Bestsellers

NEWS > BEST SELLER

Hot from Pre-orders! 『Mom Studying Self-Esteem』 Mi-kyung Kim's 『Mom Studying Self-Esteem』 saw a wave of interest from prospective readers ever since it became available for pre-orders and after its publication, the book soared to the top of the bestseller list. Word of the book had already spread like wildfire through television shows and lectures and the content itself was enough to attract the interest of many women. Sales breakdowns easily show female readers overwhelmingly outnumber male readers while women in their 30s attributed for 50.4 percent of all readers of the book. ..

  • 2017.12.01
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UU Press

TOPIC > KOREAN PUBLISHER 1

Of South Korea's publishers, 76.1 percent are one-person businesses. And among these, there has been one that has stood out in particular -- UU Press, established in 2012. UU Press, which has a joyful ring to its name, has gained popularity among South Korean readers gradually and is now firmly positioned within the sector thanks to its unique style. It may be an unfamiliar name to offshore readers, but it is a publisher attracting interest from readers in South Korea who love to read. How was UU Press made? Its founder and CEO Seong-woong Cho's answer to that question was simpler and clear..

  • 2017.11.01
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Asian Publishers Fellowship Program in Seoul 2017

TOPIC > ISSUE

The Korea Publishers Association, in hand with the Korea Publishers Society also representative of South Korea's publishers, has been hosting conferences of publishing industry experts in East Asia as an external cooperative project. The conferences aim to share business know-how between global publishers and the latest publishing marketing techniques. Particularly, the Asia Publishers Fellowship Program (APS) has been held from 2010 to strengthen international networks through exchanges between publishing industry professionals and create a platform on which South Korea's publications and cop..

  • 2017.11.01
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South Korea's Key Publishing Related Organizations

NEWS > PUBLISHING INDUSTRY

In South Korea's publishing industry, there are many private organizations. Inside these organizations are members who work for competing businesses, but inside the groups they seek interests and order for the greater good. They also help pass on voices from inside the industry to a larger audience. The following are organizations key to South Korea's publishing industry linked to production, distribution, sales and research. The most representative of publishers' groups would be the Korean Publishers Association, founded in 1947. Inside the group are all kinds of publishers, big and s..

  • 2017.11.01
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South Korea's November Bestsellers

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The Nobel Prize in Literature 2017 The first week of October is always called the season of the Nobel prize. Every year around this time, the Nobel prize committee convenes in Sweden to announce the winners in six different categories. This year on Oct. 5, the 117th Nobel Prize in Literature was given to Kazuo Ishiguro. According to Interpark Books, Ishiguro's <The Remains of the Day>, one of his most famous novels, reached the top of their bestseller list the next day as soon as readers heard of the Nobel Prize news. Sales of the author's books in general soared in the days following the ..

  • 2017.11.01
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The Present and Future of South Korea's "Screensellers"

TOPIC > TRENDS

The word "screenseller" can now be heard every now and then in everyday conversations. "Screensellers" are original novels that gain interest after they are made into movies. Even those who do not use the word screenseller on the personal basis, the concept is now well-known among readers and moviegoers. Read on to learn how screensellers came to be in South Korea, diverse screenseller film festivals in the country and books that are likely to become screensellers in South Korea. The Emergence of Screensellers in South Korea It has been less than a decade since the word screenseller ..

  • 2017.10.10
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Humanist Books

TOPIC > KOREAN PUBLISHER 1

Recently, I set out to conduct an interview with Seo-hyeon Hwang, executive editor at Humanist Books. After setting out from Hongik Univ. Station and finding my way through the narrow paths of Yeonnam-dong, passing by several pretty cafes with outdoor seating, I found myself before a gray, modern building. The word "Humanist" can plainly be seen on one side of the building. After stepping into the coffee shop on the first floor and making my way down a set of stairs I discovered books Humanist has published, all organized neatly. From the basement to the top, the floors of the building ar..

  • 2017.10.10
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Where Korean readers meet books (2)

REPORT > COLUMN 2

The Gangnam area is one of the busiest places in Seoul. The COEX Mall is a location with unique eateries and various shops that lead latest trends. As a comprehensive shopping mall, many Korean couples and families can be found enjoying its services. Amid this hustle and bustle, a library was created. This library was not pushed to a vague corner but rather placed in the middle of the shopping complex, making it even more special. This is the Starfield Library. A Library in a Shopping Mall The Starfield Library inside COEX Mall ⓒ http://www.shinsegaeproperty.com It ..

  • 2017.10.10
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Haemin Sunim's 『The Things You Can See Only When You Slow Down』

TOPIC > EXPORT TRENDS

“The Things You Can See Only When You Slow Down” Haemin Sunim's [The Things You Can See Only When You Slow Down] recently stayed at #1 on Amazon UK's bestseller list for three weeks, surprising many as it is rare for a South Korean collection of essays to gain so much popularity overseas. Even the editor who was in charge of putting the UK version of this book together had been taken by surprise at the book's success. In the United States, the book sold over 30,000 copies in two weeks, as readers sought a moment of rest in their busy everyday lives. It is not an easy feat for a Sout..

  • 2017.09.11
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Export Prospects of Korean Books

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<Firefly Goes Poo Poo Poo> 1. Publication Details Imprint | A Thousand Hopes Title | Firefly Goes Poo Poo Poo Author | Yoon, Yeo-Rim Illustrator | Cho, Won-Hee Format | 192*230 Binding | Hardcover Pages | 64pages ISBN | 979-11-87287-13-1 2. Contact Name | Kim Ji-yeon Phone | +82-31-955-5242 Email | jiyeony12@hanmail.net URL | http://blog.naver.com/athousandhope 3. About the Author / Illustrator Author: Yoon, Yeo-Rim Yoon once met a cheerful old lady called Bicky in San Diego. Bicky explained to Yoon that there are words in English t..

  • 2017.10.10
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South Korea's October Bestsellers

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The prolonged rule of bestsellers Young-ha Kim's <Memoir of a Murderer> has topped the bestseller list for two consecutive weeks. As the film adaptation of the novel gains momentum, interest in the original novel has spiked. As a result, Kiju Lee’s <Temperature of Language> lost some ground, but Lee's <Dignity of Words> rose two spots, enjoying steady popularity. Also, books like <I Have Decided to Live as Me>, <A Lesson in Self-Eeteem> and <Miracles of the Namiya General Store> also inched up, enjoying more time on the bestseller list. This was seen as reflecting readers' wanting ..

  • 2017.10.10
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Publishing Educational Materials for 40 Years “Darakwon”

TOPIC > KOREAN PUBLISHER 1

"Let's develop educational materials necessary for foreign language skill improvement!" Following its establishment in 1977, Darakwon has conducted its business with this motto in mind. Quickly rising among the country's foreign language learning material publishers, Darakwon also exports educational materials for learning Korean abroad. A closer look at the publisher follows, with details on how it is expanding its influence globally. Darakwon is a medium-sized publisher that has put together and published roughly 2,000 books on learning languages. The materials it offers is divers..

  • 2017.09.11
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Export Prospects of Korean Books

NEWS > BOOK SUMMARY

<The Love You Wished For Will Come Soon> 1. Publication Details Imprint | Sigonsa Co., Ltd Title | The Love You Wished For Will Come Soon Author | Ae-kyung Lee Format | 130*180 Binding | Paperback Pages | 272pages ISBN | 978-89-5278-518-3 2. Contact Name | Sunju Jung Phone | +82-2-2046-2895 Email | alliswell1224@sigongsa.com URL | www.sigongsa.com 3. Selling Points Subject | Who will I fall in love with and how will I love? A Q&amp;A Book for myself to ask and answer Target Readers | Anyone who dreams of meeting someone to love Media Reviews &..

  • 2017.09.11
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South Korea's January Bestsellers

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Self-development book 『The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck』 reigns for fourth straight week U.S. influencer Mark Manson's 『The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck』 stayed atop YES24's bestseller list(as of the first week of December) for a fourth consecutive week thanks to its overwhelming popularity. The book has offered a fresh paradigm that has trumped conventional self-help books known for stressing unlimited positivity, resulting in it catapulting in popularity around the world. Novels see fiery demand on new releases from non-Korean authors With year-end holi..

  • 2017.12.22
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South Korea's September Bestsellers

NEWS > BEST SELLER

An analysis into the popularity behind South Korea's bestsellers From the final week of August through the first week of September For the Ji-youngs inside all of us <Ji-young Born in '82> When this book was published in October last year, it did not gain big interest, but word of mouth from April this year helped it climb the bestseller list. Sales of the book jumped especially after Aug. 27 when local broadcaster SBS aired a special on the book called <Ji-young Kim Born in '82 -- The Story of Half of the World>. This book is one most people in our everyday world can relate to. I..

  • 2017.09.11
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The Online and Digital Marketing of South Korea's Publishing Industry

TOPIC > TRENDS

Previously, marketing related to publishing was all done in-store. The most effective way to manage this was to place materials where people would most go and where their eyes would focus most inside a store. However like all other industries in this day and age, offline channels are losing their effectiveness and book reviews, which were one of the most effective ways to market books in the past, are also losing their influence in line with printed materials. As B2B, B2C out-bound marketing tactics no longer work as they used to, everyone is now thinking about what to do about content marketi..

  • 2017.08.18
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Export Prospects of Korean Books

NEWS > BOOK SUMMARY

<Pa-Yo-Ming's Recycled Crafts Book> 1. Publication Details Imprint | Bearbook Title | Pa-Yo-Ming's Recycled Crafts Book Author | Payoming (AHN, Seung-Ha; KIM, Tae-Sim; YOO, Joo-Yeon) Format | 215*297 Binding | Softcover Pages | 184pages (Includes a guidebook for decorating) ISBN | 979-11-5836-034-4 2. Contact Name | Choi, Hyun K. Phone | 82-2-332-2672 Email | bear@bearbooks.co.kr URL | http://cafe.naver.com/bearbook 3. Selling Points Recommendations &amp; Selections | Ranked as top 50 on the children’s book list for 5 consecutive weeks after its p..

  • 2017.07.28
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South Korea's publishing industry

NEWS > PUBLISHING INDUSTRY

From publishers to large-scale bookstores, regional bookshops and second-hand bookstores, South Korea's offline book distribution structure is detailed as it is diverse. This is a close look into South Korea's offline publication distribution structure and the issues surrounding it. Differences in growth per bookstore size According to a biennial survey carried out by the Korea Federation of Bookstore Association, there were 2,116 offline bookstores in South Korea as of 2015. This was 38 percent less than a decade ago when the country had 3,429 bookstores in 2005. The decline was mai..

  • 2017.07.28
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South Korea's July Bestsellers

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Haruki Murakami's [killing commendatore] Parts 1, 2 Dominate Bestseller Lists for Two Weeks Japanese author Haruki Murakami's [Killing Commendatore] has topped the bestseller list at YES24 for two consecutive weeks after it went on sale on July 12, with parts one and two sitting at No.1 and No.2 of the list, respectively. The novel, split into two parts, saw 3,174 copies snapped up by readers on release day. When including pre-orders that began on June 30, there have been roughly 18,000 copies sold, kicking up another storm of demand for Murakami's books. When compared to the writer's prev..

  • 2017.07.28
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Review of Seoul International Book Fair 2017

TOPIC > TRENDS

The International Book Fair 2017 was held for five days from June 14th to 18th in Seoul, the capital city of South Korea. The event was a lively scene, celebrating new trends in the Korean publishing industry with enthusiastic industry insiders and book-lovers. Beyond Huge Online Bookstores Online bookstores are sweeping around the world, following the trend started by Amazon. Due to this tremendous change, local independent bookstores in our town are closing one after another. People quickly get used to the convenience of online bookstores, left behind the memories of sitt..

  • 2017.06.30
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Current State of Korean Publishing

NEWS > PUBLISHING INDUSTRY

To translate and publish Korean books, it is important to understand the current status of the local publishing market. This section provides macro-data and statistics on the Korean publishing industry from the perspective of publishing experts. Differences in growth per bookstore size According to a biennial survey carried out by the Korea Federation of Bookstore Association, there were 2,116 offline bookstores in South Korea as of 2015. This was 38 percent less than a decade ago when the country had 3,429 bookstores in 2005. The decline was mainly driven by smaller bookstores clos..

  • 2017.06.30
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Korean Bestsellers Trend in June

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Political books “rising” and novel “neck and neck game” On May 10th, as the new government was formed in Korea, [Jae-in Moon's Destiny] reached the number one spot for three consecutive weeks until June. The parliamentary hearing continued after the presidential election, so the readers' interest in politics remained steady. Especially, competition in the fiction section was fierce in this week. Bernard Werner’s new book, "Slumber 1", ranked third on the list with the release of " Homo Deus" of Yuval Noah HararI, and Nam-joo Jo's [Ji-young Kim Born in 1982]rose 11.8% from the previous week..

  • 2017.06.30
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South Korea's June Bestsellers

Information > Best Sellers

The top two bestselling books in the fourth week of June at South Korea's biggest online bookstores were both essay collections - author Kim Young-ha's <Why Travel (Munhakdongne)> and Tottenham Hotspur footballer Son Heung-min's <Thoughts While Playing Football (Brainstore)>. Kim's <Why Travel> topped the charts thanks to a cover re-design just in time for the summer holidays. The book, released roughly two months ago, has been enjoying steady popularity since. Son's <Thoughts While Playing Football> is thought to have received a boost after Son recently played in several football matches as..

  • 2019.07.08
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Overseas Publication Grants

Information > Info

Publication Industry Promotion Agency of Korea (KPIPA) requests your interest and participation in our "Overseas Publication Grants," a project that promotes export of Korean publications to overseas markets. 1. Project Overview • Purpose :Support the overseas publication of outstanding Korean works to lay the groundwork for a "Korean Wave" in the publishing industry. • Summary :Provide partial grants to overseas publishers that have published or will publish Korean works from August 2018 to October 2019 under a copyright agreement with a Korean publisher. 2. Project Details ..

  • 2019.07.08
  • 254

South Korea’s Key Publishing Related Organizations

Knowledge > Publishing Industry Ⅱ

In South Korea's publishing industry, there are many private organizations. Inside these organizations are members who work for competing businesses, but inside the groups they seek interests and order for the greater good. They also help pass on voices from inside the industry to a larger audience. The following are organizations key to South Korea's publishing industry linked to production, distribution, sales and research. The most representative of publishers' groups would be the Korean Publishers Association, founded in 1947. Inside the group are all kinds of publishers, big and..

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South Korean Bestsellers in July

Information > Best Sellers

Itching to know what books sold the most in South Korea in July? Below is a comparison of the top 10 bestselling books at South Korea's biggest online bookstores Kyobo Book Centre and Interpark as of the third week of July. With the exception of some small differences, the two bookstores saw the same books take up spots from 1 to 6. However, for the rest of the bestsellers, Kyobo saw liberal arts books and novels take up the remainder of its list while Interpark's list included self-help books and books for children. Kim Young-ha's <Why Travel>, which topped the bestseller lists at both ve..

  • 2019.08.05
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Paju Book City

Trend > Book Trip

There are cities that focus on creating things. Usually, in the case of these planned cities, all the businesses that provide the raw materials, packaging and shipping tend to be clustered together. Industrial zones tend to show this type of congregation as if they are sapped of romance and all the businesses simply exist for efficiency. However, the story becomes a little different if that industrial zone creates books. Publishers that left the city Its official name is Paju Publishing Culture Information National Industrial Zone. The name, already a mouthful, brings to m..

  • 2019.10.07
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A Diagnosis of South Korea's E-book Market Amid Subscription Competition

Knowledge > Publishing Industry

On May 9, the Korean Publishers Association held a seminar on current issues that affect the digital publishing industry called 'The Attack of Netflix, Fixed Price System for Books Challenged'. Participants at the seminar debated whether e-book subscription services and the fixed price system for books can co-exist in South Korea. Subscription services refer to online services where members can read an unlimited number of books online after paying low monthly fees, like Netflix. Meanwhile, South Korea's fixed price regulations for book sales prevent bookstores from lowering prices beyond what ..

  • 2019.06.10
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A Society Easily Hurt: Readers In Search of Emotional Essays

REPORT > COLUMN 2

A list of bestselling books at times can be perceived as a miniature version of a society. Especially at times like now when far fewer people are buying books, the act of purchasing a book reflects a person's strong want to own a book even at the expense of paying one's hard-earned money. Not only do trendy books sell, but books that accurately secure society's general flow and emotions do well. From that perspective, looking at bestsellers becomes an act of analysis into a society. At present time in 2018, emotional essays are seeing no end to their fame in South Korean bookstores. ..

  • 2018.05.30
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Author Jo Jung-rae

Interview > Korean Authors

Jo Jung-rae is an author known for his piercing novels that shrewdly punch through contemporary Korean history. He has become one of South Korea's most revered novelists by telling the painful history of the country including Korea's colonial rule by Japan, the Korean War and military dictatorship through three novel series: <Taebaek Mountain Range>, <Arirang> and <Han River>. Jo's literary work has been acknowledged through countless accolades, including the Hyundae Munhak Award, the Korean Literature Award, Manhae Daesang, Danjae Literature Award and Noshin Literature Award. His novels have..

  • 2019.10.07
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