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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
  • 100

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
  • 71

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
  • 256

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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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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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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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
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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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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
  • 161

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
  • 523

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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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

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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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
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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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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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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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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
  • 88

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
  • 107

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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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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