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Sokcho, Gangwondo Province

Trend > Book Trip

The vast-open East Sea shining cobalt blue, a tranquil lake, and Seoraksan Mountain with a jaw-dropping view; these are just some of the many charms Sokcho boasts throughout the year. Plus, the delicacies presented by the Sokcho Central Market are enticing more gourmet travelers to Sokcho today. The book <Winter in Sokcho (Book Recipe)> even chose the sophisticated feeling of cities that stands on the border of thrilling excitement and sentimental recollection for its background. Now, let’s dive into Sokcho, a place whose name makes you want to take to the road. "> <Winter in Sok..

  • 2020.08.03
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2020 Overseas Publication Grants

Information > Info

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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Online Business Meeting for the Copyright Import of K-Books

Knowledge > Publishing Policy

held by the Publication Industry Promotion Agency of Korea for active copyright export of Korean books" src="/download/img/vol25/en_8_01.jpg"> <img alt="COVID-19 is showing no signs of abating Global publication industry is undergoing difficult times with canceled international book fairs and limited traveling across borders " src="/download/img/vol25/en_8_02.jpg"> <img alt="'“Online Business Meeting for the Copyright Import of K-Books” ▶ Contactless business matching between publishers - Introduce K-Books to the global market - Help overseas publishers’ copyright im..

  • 2020.08.03
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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..

  • 2020.08.03
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#Minorities in society

Information > #K-Book

<Greatest Fish> 1. Publication Details Title | Greatest Fish Author | Gu Byungmo Publisher | Wisdomhouse Mediagroup Inc. Publication Date | 2018-03-30 ISBN | 9791162203392 No. of pages | 220 Dimensions | 128 * 188 2. Copyright Contact Name | Julia Kwon Email | ohappyday@wisdomhouse.co.kr Phone | +82-31-936-4199 3. Book Intro Gon breathes through gills and swims in a deep, blue lake with his scales shining. He has hidden himself from the world and lived a secluded life, feeling limitless freedom underwater. Kangha gives Gon a new name and life. Haeryu escapes..

  • 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

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..

  • 2020.08.03
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Writer Baek Se-Hee

Interview > Korean Authors

Depression and anxiety are not easily tolerated emotions in our society. Maybe that is why depressed and anxious people have to ceaselessly doubt themselves about their feelings and care what others would think about them. It somehow seems <I Want to Die but I Also Want to Eat Tteokppokki> written by writer Baek Se-Hee is sending encouragement to all those people, whispering “I am just like you.” Writer Baek Se-Hee Hello. Please introduce yourself to the subscribers of <K-Book Trends>. Hello, everyone. I am Baek Se-Hee. I am just an ordinary person who has been working at a p..

  • 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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Popular Books in the Overseas Market: Second Half of 2020

Trend > Export Case

<The Laws of Virtue (Munhakdongne)> by Pyun Hye-Young has been drawing positive reviews from a number of newspapers and websites since its publication in May. This book is her third full-length novel translated and published in the United States after <City of Ash and Red (Changbi)> and <The Hole (Munji Publishing Co.)>. The New York Times Book Review introduced it as “A simmering thriller,” while Books &amp; Bao commented “The Laws of Virtue is a mystery masterpiece of two interwoven and tragic narratives drawn along by power, fear, and corruption. Hye-young Pyun at her best.” Plus, CrimeRead..

  • 2020.08.03
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K-Movie

Trend > Special Project

Movies and books are alike each other in that regardless of their different production methods, they are records with stories embedded in them. Korean movies have never stopped advancing, and the Korean film industry is marking its 101st anniversary this year. Korean movies once were marginalized in the global film industry, but with all the hard work and passion of the filmmakers to push into the global market, their reputation has grown significantly on the global stage. In particular, “Parasite” from director Bong Joon-Ho recently won the Academy Award for Best International Feature ..

  • 2020.08.03
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Books with Discourses on the Post-COVID-19 Era in Korea

Trend > Topic

Now, we can no longer live in the way we lived before. With the outbreak of COVID-19 across the world, people have begun to divide the era into two: BC (Before Corona) and AD (After Disease). This new infectious disease did not just kill innocent people , but is severing physical movement and interpersonal interaction. With the emergence of a contactless society, a massive shift is taking place in the society, economy, and politics. In the face of the pandemic, publishers are busy planning exclusive books about the COVID-19 era. Since March this year, books featuring the virus have bee..

  • 2020.08.03
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#Environment

Information > #K-Book

<In a World Gone Wrong, I Try to Live Right> 1. Publication Details Title | In a World Gone Wrong, I Try to Live Right Subtitle | Life Stories Told by Women with Strong Hearts Author | Ecofem Publisher | BookSense Publication Date | 2019-03-31 ISBN | 9788993746495 No. of pages | 280 Dimensions | 128*188 2. Copyright Contact Name | Hong Yeji Email | booksense@naver.com Phone | +82-10-9935-4759 3. Book Intro Simply looking at some people’s lives gives us courage to readjust our life directions. “Harmonizer,” an activist from Ecofeminists United, who needed en..

  • 2020.07.13
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Integrated K-Book Platform

Knowledge > Publishing Policy

<img alt="#Features - Able to search through a total of 12 categories and various hashtags - Able to search Korean authors, publishers, and agencies - Able to send inquiries to publishers and agencies" src="/download/img/vol24/en_8_03.jpg"> <img alt="#Upgraded Feature - Able to search for information, including countries with copyrights already exported and published years of books on our unique search system for different categories and readership." src="/download/img/vol24/en_8_06.jpg"> Introduction_English Introduction_Chi..

  • 2020.07.13
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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..

  • 2020.07.13
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Three Generations of Railworkers

Information > New Books

<Three Generations of Railworkers> A gripping story penetrating the 100-year-history of Korea’s modern history Tells the three-generation-crossing story of a labor activist and his ancestors who had been working as railwaymen during turbulent times in the past The three trainman generations First generation: Lee Baek-Man (worked at a train manufacturing factory) Second generation: Lee Il-Cheol (worked as an engineer during the Japanese occupation of Korea, who then moved to North Korea after the liberalization) Third generation: Lee Ji-San (worked as an engineer in North Ko..

  • 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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K-Sports

Trend > Special Project

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic spreading across the world, economic and cultural activities in many countries shrunk in size, not to mention those in Korea. Sports were not an exception. The infectiousness of COVID-19 made it difficult for players and audiences to gather in stadiums, bringing all the professional sports games to a halt across the world, including the Premier League and MLB. Even the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games set to be held in Japan were put off to next year due to the pandemic; things just became gloomier day after day. Professional sports games in Korea also faced challe..

  • 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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Maumsanchaek

Interview > Korean Publishers

There is a publisher who looks into the minds of readers and takes a walk together inside them. It is Maumsanchaek, who has been strolling inside readers’ minds for the past 20 years. Maumsanchaek is a publisher that produces books that readers can easily read anywhere they like and discovers the literary works of female writers who have been facing limitations due to the glass ceiling. Let’s take a look into the interview with publisher Maumsanchaek who wishes to respect not only the values of writers but also those of readers, hoping to prosper together. Logo of Maumsanchaek Co..

  • 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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Literary Awards and Contests in the field of Genre Literature

Trend > Special Project

The preference of readers is having more influence on the Korean publishing market than other elements. Genre literature including webtoons (online comics), web novels, and science fiction that gained little attention in the past have become popular among readers – even comparable to pure literature – and its market is expanding as well. The idea that genre literature is non-mainstream and is only enjoyed by certain fans has become nonsense today. In particular, in terms of web novels, anyone can become a writer, and as anybody can enjoy the works with a mobile device anywhere one lik..

  • 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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2020 Online Meetings with Indonesian Publishers

Information > Info

Photos from the “I Love Korea, I Love K-Book 2018” The Publication Industry Promotion Agency of Korea (KPIPA) was planning to host the “I Love Korea, I Love K-Book 2020” in Jakarta, Indonesia, which was picked as one of the major markets for Korean publishers. However, as border measures were strengthened across the world due to COVID-19, the planned offline meeting was changed to a video conference. This is the first time for the book fair to be conducted online. Major Indonesian publishers, including Kompas Gramedia Group and Mizan Group, are set t..

  • 2020.06.01
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Overseas Publication Grants 2020

Knowledge > Publishing Policy

Overseas Publication Grants 2020> Publication Industry Promotion Agency of Korea (KPIPA)" src="/download/img/vol23/en_8_01.jpg"> <img alt="Globally beloved K-Book! A perfect chance to publish outstanding Korean works in the overseas market!" src="/download/img/vol23/en_8_03.jpg"> <img alt="A whopping number of 35 titles will be selected and supported by area! More details?" src="/download/img/vol23/en_8_05.jpg"> <img alt="#Grants Europe, Britain, the US - 3,000 USD China, Japan - 2,500 USD Others - 2,000 USD" src="/download/img/vol23/en_8_06.jpg"> ..

  • 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 Trend of Self-Development Books in Korea

Trend > Export Case

There are self-development books in Korea that are growing in presence in the Japanese publishing market. They are <I Decided to Live as Myself (Woods of Mind’s Books)> by Kim Su-Hyun, <I Almost Lived Hard (Woongjin ThinkBig)> by Ha-Wan, and recently-published <The Power of Language (PlanetB)> by Shin Do-Hyeon and Yun Na-Ru. While being bestsellers in the Korean market already, the review and recommendation of K-pop stars helped them earn greater popularity. "> "> "> <I Decided to Live as Myself>, <I Almost Lived Hard>, <The Power of Language> * <K-Book Tre..

  • 2020.06.01
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#Science and Humanities

Information > #K-Book

<Chemist in My House> 1. Publication Details Title | Chemist in My House Subtitle | Professor Kim Min-Kyung’s Story of Chemistry in our Lives Author | Kim MInkyoung Publisher | Humanist Publishing Group Inc. Publication Date | 2019-03-08 ISBN | 9791160802160 No. of pages | 248 Dimensions | 150*220 2. Copyright Contact Name | Kim Ju-Won Email | kjw2001@humanistbooks.com Phone | +82-70-7842-9401 3. Book Intro If you understand chemistry (theory), you can see chemistry (risk)! Professor/walking chemistry encyclopedia Kim Min-Kyung’s story of chemistry Issu..

  • 2020.06.01
  • 145

Writer Sohn Won-Pyung

Interview > Korean Authors

There is a novelist who won the first prize with her first novel and won the second prize with her second novel. She was also awarded the film critics award, and scenario synopsis award in the film industry before her novel won its prize. She has always wanted to achieve two dreams: becoming a novelist that writes novels by herself, and a movie director that creates a story with others. It would not be an exaggeration to call her a true storyteller with a perfect sense of balance as she has achieved both of her dreams. Let’s take a deeper look at Sohn Won-Pyong, who became a great sensation in..

  • 2020.05.04
  • 295

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..

  • 2020.05.04
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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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Korea’s Diverse Children’s Literature Awards

Trend > Special Project

As children are referred to as the “future” of a generation, the emotional experience children get from books is very important. The Caldecott Medal, Newbery Medal, and Hans Christian Andersen Award are the most famous children’s literary awards in the world, but there are also ones given to excellent children’s literature in Korea as well. In particular, as Children’s Day is in May, the winners of many children’s literary awards are announced this month. While there are various children’s literary awards ranging from those named after famous literary people in history to those held ..

  • 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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The Creative World of Baek Heena

Trend > Topic Ⅱ

Picture book author Baek Heena (49) has been named the 2020 laureate of the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award (ALMA), the world’s most renowned prize for children’s literature. In doing so, she is the first Korean writer to win the award. The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award was founded by the Swedish government to honor the late Astrid Anna Emilia Lindgren (1907–2002), the author of the best-selling 《Pippi Longstocking series》 which has been translated into over 100 languages and beloved by readers of all ages. Past laureates of the award include Maurice Sendak (Where the Wild Things Are), ..

  • 2020.05.04
  • 184

Books and Book Clubs

Trend > Topic

Book clubs are where book lovers naturally gather to read books together and share ideas. As more people share each other’s preferences and hobbies, the number of book clubs is also increasing today. Book clubs in Korea receive applications for both free and paid memberships, and members usually read selected books for a certain period and have regular on and offline meetings. The hosts of book clubs vary from big bookstores and independent bookstores to regional bookstores, publishers, libraries, and individuals. Below are the stories of three representative book clubs in Korea: Book ..

  • 2020.04.06
  • 453

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..

  • 2020.04.06
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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
  • 169

Korea’s Flagship Literary Awards for Poems

Trend > Special Project

Poet Kim Su-Young (1921-1968), Sowol Kim Jung-Sik (1902-1934) Kim Su-Young Literary Award Kim Su-Young, a representative poet in Korea who participated in movements with literature, entered the literary world in 1947 when his poem <The Song of Myojeong> was published in a literary magazine ≪Art Village (Yesul Burak)≫. His passion for art never faded amidst the gloomy reality during the Japanese occupation. With endless efforts to equalize poems with life, the language used in his poems did not draw a line between poetic and daily expressions for the first time in Korea’s modern..

  • 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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Author Serang Chung

Interview > Korean Authors

Is there anything more exciting than imagination? Many people agree with the idea that if you take away imagination from a human being, you will see nothing left. Author Serang Chung would nod her head to this more than anyone for sure. She is someone that has boundless imagination. Besides, the world she created makes not only herself but everyone joyful. So her imagination brought to reality through letters is now turning into a video, going beyond paper books. As the stories are rooted in the author’s imagination that are not tied to anything, the news is more welcoming to hear. ⓒ ..

  • 2020.03.02
  • 276

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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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
  • 71

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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2020 Overseas Publication Grants

Knowledge > Publishing Policy

<img src="/download/img/vol19/8_01_en.jpg" alt="Do you want to import Korean books, or publish Korean books, but it is financially burdensome?"> <img src="/download/img/vol19/8_02_en.jpg" alt="The Publication Industry Promotion Agency of Korea (KPIPA) is supporting publishers with the !"> <img src="/download/img/vol19/8_04_en.jpg" alt="KPIPA is waiting for overseas publishers’ applications for this year. Anyone who wishes to import and publish Korean publishing content in 2020 can apply."> <img src="/download/img/vol19/8_05_en.jpg" alt="More titles to be supported thi..

  • 2020.02.03
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Creating a window into the future with books

Interview > Korean Publishers

There is a publisher that makes issue-driving books every October. It is Miraebook, with its series “Trend Korea” that predicts the next year trend in Korea based on the analysis of trends in the published year. Let’s take a look at Miraebook that plays a role as the window into the future, just as its name implies, and its publications. Please introduce Miraebook to the webzine readers. Established in 2000, Miraebook has been publishing books in various fields such as liberal arts, history, self-development, and essay, with its flagship books in economics and business admi..

  • 2020.02.03
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Kim Cho-Yeop

Interview > Korean Authors

Curious title, warm and dreamy pastel-colored cover, and the future embedded inside. The short story collection “If We Cannot Move at the Speed of Light (Hubble)” by Kim Cho-Yeop has been a sensation since its publication. The author’s compassionate science fiction stories are based on understanding and empathy towards others. Please briefly introduce yourself to the readers of <K-Book Trends> Hello, I am Kim Cho-Yeop, the writer of the first short story collection “If We Cannot Move at the Speed of Light” published last year. Having majored in Chemistry, I am writing sc..

  • 2020.02.03
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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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Writer of the Year Award

Trend > Special Project

If overseas publishers have one yardstick that they choose to adopt when they encounter Korean authors and works, it is whether the work received a literary award in Korea. Winning a literary award in Korea does not guarantee success in the international market, but it can be a reference that the work’s value and popularity among readers are recognized. Therefore, whether a work has won a literary award in Korea has become a criterion for overseas publication companies for assessment. There are many literary awards in Korea. Each of the awards has different characteristics and standar..

  • 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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Author Kim Yun-jeong

Interview > Korean Authors

When you hear the word 'book', what shape comes to your mind? Most likely a rectangular, straight, hard form where stories are told page by page. What about books that have transparent OHP film as pages instead of paper? And books you need to shine a light on to see the title? This writer is the author of those books. She is an author who attempts the creation of books that have diverse form, breaking away from conventional formats. This was our meeting with author Kim Yun-jeong, who also runs her independent publishing brand called YUN Edition, named after herself. Please intro..

  • 2019.12.09
  • 868

Great places to meet South Korean books

Trend > Topic

The Publication Industry Promotion Agency of Korea (KPIPA) has been managing an online platform since December 2018 through which users outside South Korea can search for Korean published content and use the information. Called 'K-Book', this platform has selected books determined to be well suited for global readers and provides detailed information on those books in English. When it first went online in December last year, it offered 1,147 book entries, and the number has been growing since. www.k-book.or.kr When 'K-Book' first went online in December last year, it offered 1..

  • 2019.10.07
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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
  • 73

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
  • 61

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
  • 63

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..

  • 2019.11.04
  • 249

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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How Eduwill successfully exported the <PERFECT TOPIK> series to China and Taiwan

Trend > Export Case

Eduwill is a South Korean education company that prides itself on turning dreams into reality. A business that focuses on many aspects of education in addition to providing online and offline classes on obtaining various certificates and licenses, Eduwill also runs a publishing business for education material. Among the company's publications is the <PERFECT TOPIK> series that helps students study for the official Test of Proficiency in Korean. The series had previously been available only in South Korea before it was exported to China in 2016 and Taiwan in 2018. "Education can change lives ..

  • 2019.07.08
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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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Genre Novel Publisher 'Arzak Livres'

Interview > Korean Publishers

Arzak Livres is a South Korean publisher that plans, discovers and translates good genre novels. Arzak aims to act as a beacon for readers in South Korea who love genre novels and to show them the publisher's vision for genre novels. With that in mind, Arzak has been consistently publishing genre novels until today, saying it believes in the value of science fiction novels as a 'literature of subversion'. The below is a Q&amp;A with Arzak, where the publisher discussed its vision, future publications and representative books. Hello, we are happy to introduce Arzak Livres through..

  • 2019.08.05
  • 338

South Korea's literary awards and competitions of 2019

Trend > Special Project

South Korea's publishing industry has been making efforts to consistently discover new writers, fresh writing and excellent works of literature through literary awards and literary contests. Here is a look into the written work that received literary awards and/or were submitted to literary competitions in 2019. Gateway to bigger success for new authors: new author awards The writers go on to have active careers after receiving the award and entering the field. Every January, South Korea's biggest newspapers hold literary competitions. These spring competitio..

  • 2019.12.09
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Independent Publishing

TOPIC > TRENDS

Recently in South Korea, independent bookstores are gaining increasingly more attention, especially among younger Koreans. As a testament to this, the number of independent bookstores has been on the rise after being pushed to the brink of extinction by large bookstores, online booksellers and a general decline in the number of book readers. At an event not too long ago where 20 independent bookstores introduced and sold books at Seoul's international book fair, many visitors came to see what it was all about. This section takes a look at the reasons behind this recent trend. 1...

  • 2017.07.28
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2017 Korea Book Fair in Vietnam

TOPIC > ISSUE

From July 26 to 27, the Korea Book Fair was held at the Lotte Hotel in Hanoi. This book fair, which was held in part by the cooperation of the Korea cultural center in Vietnam, achieved great success through seminars held for Korean and Vietnamese participants alike, addressing the publishing market in Vietnam and the publishing industry in South Korea. The opening ceremony for the 2017 Korea Book Fair in Vietnam Publishing officials and executives from both South Korea and Vietnam were present at the book fair's opening ceremony. "The potential in the exchanges between South..

  • 2017.08.18
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Author Lee Yong-han

Interview > Korean Authors

Lee Yong-han is a poet who is comforted by cats and feels happiness through the feline creatures. Starting with his book <Hello, The Cat Was Thankful (Bookfolio, 2009)> in order to present street cats in a friendly light, Lee has gone on to publish more books about cats he has met during his travels and everyday life, like <Be Bright, Cat (Bookfolio, 2011)> and <Travel, Love and Cat (Bookfolio, 2014)>. The author's books have gained him the nickname 'cat writer', and Lee says another stage of his career has opened with <Humans Are Busy So Leave it to the Cats (Yedam, 2015)>. The book is abou..

  • 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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Hongdae, a neighborhood with a free and unique culture

Trend > Book Trip

When one hears the word 'Hongdae', they immediately think of the area's image, rather than the physical location. Hongdae is hard to put into just one word thanks to its unique and diverse culture. It's a location where new culture is made by people who turn away from the mundane and routine. This is why Hongdae is a good location to try out something new that hasn't existed previously. Hongdae is one of Seoul's key spots for young people. Hongdae's vibe and culture attract young people who are always looking for something new, and those young people, in turn, create Hongdae's image. The..

  • 2019.08.05
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<K-Book in Berlin>

Trend > Special Project

It is rare for German publishers to release South Korean books. Considering this, the first exhibition for South Korean books in Germany, <K-Book in Berlin> embarked on a mission to spread the word about great South Korean books. It's been three years since I came to Germany for personal reasons. As I run a publishing company in South Korea, I visit bookstores and libraries in Germany often in search of good ideas for publications. Naturally, I found myself seeking out South Korean books translated into German, and I found Han Kang's <The Vegetarian (Changbi)> and Jeon..

  • 2019.09.09
  • 304

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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Author Kang Gyeong-su

Interview > Korean Authors

The book <The Stories Shouldn't Be True (Sigong Junior)> was awarded a Ragazzi Award for non-fiction at the 2011 Bologna Children's Book Fair. This book, like its title, calmly tells the horrific story of some children's situations that seem like lies but are happening in reality. Explaining the motive behind the book, the author said he was incredibly shocked one day while watching a documentary to find children in terrible situations in other parts of the world that was beyond his imagination. <K-Book Trends> met with author Kang Gyeong-su who was compelled to tell their stories in a book. ..

  • 2019.11.04
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I-Seum

Interview > Korean Publishers

Mirae N's children's book publishing arm I-Seum was established in 2000. The name I-Seum means "to help children and young adults who will lead the future to create their own thoughts". The publisher has established itself in the industry as one that has succeeded in exporting learning comics, books on liberal arts and general education, workbooks for young children and other educational material. Their books have proved to be fun and useful in diverse areas. The following provides a look into I-Seum's vision for the future as a publisher that wishes to become a stepping stone for children who..

  • 2019.12.09
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2019 South Korea-China Publishing Copyright Exchanges Event

Trend > EVENT

Currently, in 2019, many South Korean publications can be seen throughout the world regardless of genre, including literature, books on hobbies, learning languages and children's books. Thanks to the efforts of many publishing experts and professionals inside and outside the country, South Korean publications have now started to become known overseas. However, exchanges came to a standstill after active engagement for many years with one country. This country was China. After political conflict arose between the two countries over the deployment of an anti-missile system called THAAD in Sou..

  • 2019.12.09
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<K-Book Trends>

ABOUT US > ABOUT US

<K-Book Trends> is a web magazine published by the Publication Industry Promotion Agency of Korea. It provides highly effective Korean publishing contents for international stakeholders to secure global competitiveness in the publishing industry. We produce professional data about promising Korean books for oversea markets and share success cases of Korean publications and copyright export, and reach out to international stakeholders through rich information collected by Korea’s major international book fair activities, bestselling books and an overview of publishing industry. <K..

  • 2018.07.31
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South Korea's picture book exhibit at the Guadalajara International Book Fair, Traveling book fair in Central America

TOPIC > ISSUE

The joy of discovery, South Korea's picture book exhibit From Nov. 25 to Dec. 3 in Mexico, the 31st Guadalajara International Book Fair was hosted. Spain participated as the guest country of honor while more than 2,000 publishers from around 40 countries took part in the book fair, cementing the fair's status as the largest of its kind in Central America. With the support of the South Korean culture ministry, KPIPA also participated with KBBY and operated a picture book exhibit at the book fair. It was the third year for the picture book exhibit, which began in 2015. The the..

  • 2017.12.22
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Characteristics of South Korean Web Novel Platforms and Ventures Overseas

TOPIC > TRENDS

There is a Korean phrase that goes: pearls are only good when they have been strung together. It means even if you have good resources, they will be of little good if you don't use them properly. South Korean genre literature used to be like this. There were many talented authors who could write genre literature and fans who wished to read it, even if their numbers fell short of other countries where genre literature developed far sooner than South Korea like Japan, the United States and places in Europe. However, there was not a platform for them to converge together. There were many reasons..

  • 2017.09.11
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Bookpal

REPORT > INTERVIEW

South Korea's web fiction market has been growing quickly. As businesses dealing with the Internet and mobile platforms develop, web fiction, or web novels in the country's publishing industry have been receiving more attention. 'Bookpal' is the leading web fiction website in South Korea which mainly focuses on romance novels. The following is an interview with Bookpal, which is also aiming to look beyond South Korea. Publication Industry Promotion Agency of Korea (KPIPA) Hello, thank you for sitting with us in a <k-book trends> interview. Could you provide us with an introdu..

  • 2017.07.28
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Visiting Book Fair Thailand 2017

TOPIC > ISSUE

It is well known that Korean books are drawing great interest in Southeast Asia. The Southeast Asian publishing market has been acknowledged for its huge growth potential and Korean publishes are also seeking new opportunities for exporting their books. The Publication Industry Promotion Agency of Korea will visit Southeast Asian countries and introduce Korean books consecutively for two years. △ View of Visiting Book Fair Thailand 2017 For two days from June 1st to 2nd 2017, the Bangkok Landmark Hotel in Thailand was crowded with Korean and Thai publishers. This was because..

  • 2017.06.30
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Translated and Published in Taiwan, Meet Chin-Myong Kim's [THAAD]

TOPIC > EXPORT TRENDS

Chin-Myong Kim, who is one of the most respected writers in Korea with his powerful novels, "The Rose of Sharon Blooms Again" and "Goguryeo" was interviewed by in commemoration of the translation of his work first published in 2014. The Publication Industry Promotion Agency of Korea (hereafter KPIPA) Congratulations on Taiwan translation to <THAAD>, which recently completed 28 prints, 200,000 copies. Please give us some comments. Chin-Myong Kim (hereafter Kim) It is a great pleasure to receive attention from many readers. However, I have a concern that the interest..

  • 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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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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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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