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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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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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#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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#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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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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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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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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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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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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#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
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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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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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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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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
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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..

  • 2020.04.06
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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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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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Export Prospects of Korean Books

Information > Book Summary

<Priest> 1. Publication Details Imprint | Daewon C.I. Inc. Title | Priest Author | Hyeong Min-wu Genre | Special Genre Literature Format | 148×210 Binding | Paperback Pages | 360pages ISBN | 9788925276991; 9788925277004; 9788952864871; 9788925279831; 9788925279848 2. Contact Name | Lee Hanbyeol Phone | +82-2071-2160 Email | <a href="hblee@dwci.co.kr ">hblee@dwci.co.kr URL | <a href="http://www.dwci.co.kr " target="_blank">http://www.dwci.co.kr 3. Marketing Information Keyword | Comic Book; Special Genre Literature: SF; Fantasy: Act..

  • 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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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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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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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

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<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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2020 Publication Trends in Korea

Trend > Topic

Korea has fully entered a low-fertility and aging society. The number of students is rapidly decreasing, and for domestic colleges, some of the majors have been taken off the curriculum or were integrated due to a lack of applicants for 2020. This trend gives birth to new keywords for the generation such as “Millennial Generation”, “Active Senior Generation” or “Senior Generation” in our society, while on the social sensitivity side, keywords from other perspectives that were not highlighted in the society such as feminism, fairness, fragmentation, double-sidedness, and growth are em..

  • 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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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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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
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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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Export Prospects of Korean Books

Information > Book Summary

<The Neighbors at Happy Apartment> 1. Publication Details Imprint | Crayon House Co., Ltd Title | The Neighbors at Happy Apartment Author | Moon Mi-young Illustrator | Kim Soo-yeon Genre | Children's book Format | 150×217 Binding | Paperback Pages | 136pages ISBN | 9788955476255 2. Contact Name | Gu Yong LEE, Representative of KL Management Phone | +82-10-6239-9154 Email | josephlee705@gmail.com 3. Marketing Information Keyword | neighbors; communication; problem solving Target Readership | Children 4. About the Author and I..

  • 2019.07.08
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Export Prospects of Korean Books

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<Fantasy Fixer> 1. Publication Details Imprint | BIR Publishing Co., Ltd. Title | Fantasy Fixer Author | Kang Minjeong Illustrator | Kim Reahyeon Genre | children’s story Format | 130×190 Binding | Hard cover Pages | 232pages ISBN | 9788965483755 2. Contact Name | Claire Yang Phone | +82-2-515-2000 Email | claire@bir.co.kr URL | http://bir.co.kr/ 3. Marketing Information Keyword | children’s fiction; fantasy fiction; mystery Target Readership | age 6 to 12 4. About the Author Author - Kang Minjeong Kang Minjeong made her debut..

  • 2019.09.09
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Export Prospects of Korean Books

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<Flowers That Never Bloomed> 1. Publication Details Imprint | Humanist Publishing Group inc. Title | Flowers That Never Bloomed Subtitle | The unfinished art lessons of the Korean women who were sex slaves to the Japanese Imperial Army. Author | Lee Kyungshin Genre | Humanities and Social Science Format | 145×190 Binding | Paperback Pages | 304pages ISBN | 9791160801477 2. Contact Name | Choe Inyoung Phone | +82-70-7842-9409 Email | iy2001@humanistbooks.com URL | www.humanistbooks.com 3. Marketing Information Keyword | History; The..

  • 2019.10.07
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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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Export Prospects of Korean Books

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<The world is beautiful even with tears> 1. Publication Details Imprint | Bulkwang Media Title | The world is beautiful even with tears Subtitle | Buddha's teachings on how to love pain Author | Venerable Bokak Genre | Humanities: social science Format | 150×214 Binding | Paperback Pages | 336pages ISBN | 9788974796730 2. Contact Name | Choi Changho Phone | +82-2-420-3200 Email | <a href="mailto:pepsichoi@naver.com ">pepsichoi@naver.com URL | <a href="http://www.bulkwang.co.kr " target="_blank">http://www.bulkwang.co.kr 3. Mark..

  • 2019.12.09
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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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Author Jeon Min-hee

Interview > Korean Authors

Author Jeon Min-hee is a fantasy novel writer who started her career with the serial novel <The Stone of Days> in the late 1990s on Nownuri, a now-defunct internet platform in South Korea. Since then she has penned novels like the <Children of the Rune> series, the <Archeage Chronicles> series, <The Stone of Days (Jeu Media)> and <Tower of the Sun (Jeu Media)>. Among these, <Children of the Rune> and <Archeage Chronicles> have been adapted into PC games called <Talesweaver> and <Archeage>. The original <Children of the Rune> is divided into two main parts, with the first book (Part One. Winte..

  • 2019.06.10
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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 policies to promote reading and reading movements

Knowledge > Publishing Industry

In addition to smartphones, media bombards people daily, whether they take the form of regular information, videos or other forms of entertainment. As this sort of content increases and more forms of leisure appear, concerns over people reading fewer books are also growing. According to statistics, the reading rate of South Korean adults over the age of 19 (reading rate of paper books that are not textbooks, educational material, magazines or comic books) stood at 86.8 percent in 1994 only to plummet to 59.9 percent in 2017 (the rate was 62.3 percent when e-books were accounted for). On avera..

  • 2019.11.04
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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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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
  • 289

"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
  • 87

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
  • 102

Export Prospects of Korean Books

NEWS > BOOK SUMMARY

<Xingxing Chinese Expedition > 1. Publication Details Imprint | DARAKWON Title | Xingxing Chinese Expedition Subtitle | Kid Comic to Learn Chinese, Easy and Fun Author | Sookhee Ban, Pink Dolphin Illustrator | YJ Company Format | 188*257 Binding | Paperback Pages | Main book: 176; workbook: 16(same for all volumes) ISBN | Vol.1:978-89-277-2132-1 77720 Vol.2: 978-89-277-2136-9 77720 Vol.3: 978-89-277-2143-7 77720 Vol.4: 978-89-277-2146-8 77720 Vol.5: 978-89-277-2152-9 77720 Vol.6: 978-89-277-2160-4 77720 Vol.7: 978-89-277-2164-2 77720 Vol.8: 978-89-277-2..

  • 2018.05.30
  • 93

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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A deeper world told through picture books 'Iyagikot Publishing (Story Flower)'

Interview > Korean Publishers

Some forecast in a future not too distant, technology will develop to a point where most jobs will be replaced by artificial intelligence (AI). The jobs expected to survive this test of time are expected to be those that require the sensibility and warmth of the human touch, like artists, poets and novelists. As technological advances take place faster than ever before, publisher Iyagikot, or story flower, strives to retain the emotion and warmth that analog brings to the world since its establishment in 2012. Iyagikot is a picture book publisher and not only does it simply publish pict..

  • 2019.06.10
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Nami Island International Children's Book Festival 2019

Trend > Topic

From May 4 to 26, the Nami Island International Children's Book Festival 2019 was held on Nami Island in Chuncheon, Gangwon Province. The Nami Island International Children's Book Festival was first launched in 2005 to mark the 200th anniversary of fairy tale author Hans Christian Andersen. This year marked the ninth year for the festival and visitors to the island during the festival period were delighted to see illustration works by artists from around the world, exhibitions about Andersen, performances, experience booths in addition to several other things to see and enjoy. The following ..

  • 2019.06.10
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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 ..

  • 2019.06.10
  • 604

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
  • 139

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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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
  • 70

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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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 Standard Publishing Contracts and Adaptation Rights

Knowledge > Publishing Policy Ⅰ

The establishment of standard contracts by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism Following the 'Cloud Bread Incident1)' of 2014, authorities in South Korea began mulling over fundamental issues regarding the working conditions of South Korean content creators. After this incident, the culture ministry created and distributed seven standard contracts for publishing after discussions with rights holders and publishers. The author of this piece, a member of the Korean Society of Authors, was also invited to offer opinions as part of the legislation taskforce for the standard contracts...

  • 2019.08.05
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Discussions on public lending rights and tasks ahead

Knowledge > Publishing Policy

Public lending rights (PLR) refer to the rights authors, and other original content creators have in regards to books that are loaned to the public by institutions like public libraries. PLR is a credit-type right to claim compensation in order to make up for losses the content creator may face due to the lending of their book by libraries to the public. It is not a real proprietary right that has the power to permit or ban the use of the published work itself. Countries that have adopted PLR Nearly all the countries that have PLR are in Europe because the program implementat..

  • 2019.09.09
  • 203

Ji-hyeon Lee's "Pool"

TOPIC > EXPORT TRENDS

<Pool> is the first picture book that was created by author Ji-hyeon Lee. It is a book with detailed and beautiful illustrations that can easily be enjoyed by readers all around the world. Lee recently released after finding success among readers with her first publication that stirred the imaginations of those globally. KPIPA conducted the following interview with Chang-sung Kim, the president of Iyagikot which published the two books. <img width="200" align="center" alt="" src="/download/img/vol03/ to1.jpg"> <img width="700" alt="" src="/download/img/vol03/ to2.jpg"> KPIPA H..

  • 2017.08.18
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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
  • 362

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
  • 165

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
  • 357

South Korean web novels become a trend of their own

Trend > Topic

The web novel market in South Korea has been expanding at a breakneck pace, with readers drawn to their easy-to-read content. According to the Korea Creative Content Agency, the web novel market in South Korea was estimated to be around 10 billion won in 2013, and by 2017, it had expanded to 270 billion won. Last year, sales of web novels alone amounted to around 400 billion won. In line with this soaring popularity and growing market, there are now web novel authors who earn six-figures a year. In 2016, 8.2 percent of all web novelists were found to be earning more than 10 million won per yea..

  • 2019.09.09
  • 464

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
  • 124

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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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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Discussions on introducing typographical copyright in South Korea

Knowledge > Publishing Policy

1. Summary of typographical copyright Typographical copyright refers to the proprietary publishing rights for typographical arrangements of published editions. Typographical copyright is being acknowledged as a type of neighboring right to protect the efforts and investments of publishers that play a key role in delivering published material through planning, providing authorship support, editing (setting layouts, proofreading and revising), designing and producing. Typographical copyright was first implemented to U.K. copyright law in 1956. Currently as of 2017, 26 countries around the..

  • 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
  • 686

Exports to Southeast Asia

REPORT > COLUMN 1

As publication business exchanges with China have declined exorbitantly over the past 18 months, South Korea's publishing industry has turned its eye towards Southeast Asia and exports to this region have been increasing as a result. Along with efforts to make up for the gap created by declining publishing trade with China, South Korean publishers seem to have come to the conclusion they must expand their territories to move in line with today's changes. Exchanges with those in the publishing industry in Southeast Asia began around 2005 and have been continued ever since. However, one ..

  • 2018.05.30
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Yaong Seoga

TOPIC > KOREAN PUBLISHER 2

A publisher that likes books and loves cats: Yaong Seoga. The following interview introduces the uniqueness Yaong Seoga carries by lovingly creating books with the keywords 'healing' and 'growth' to address the relationship between humans and cats. KPIPACould you introduce Yaong Seoga for us. △ Logo of Yaong Seoga, portraying a combination of a book and a cat's face Ko Kyoung-won (Ko below) Yaong Seoga was created in July 2017 as a one-person publisher specializing in cat books by myself after having written books on cats for 15 years. Our company's name starts wit..

  • 2018.05.30
  • 125

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

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..

  • 2018.06.28
  • 73

Export Prospects of Korean Books

NEWS > BOOK SUMMARY

<Operate the Chefbot of Hamburger Castle> 1. Publication Details Imprint | Hanbit Media Title | Operate the Chefbot of Hamburger Castle Author | Kyungsun Yoo Illustrator | Misun Kim Format | 183*235 Binding | Paperback Pages | 76 pages ISBN | 978-89-684-8870-2 2. Contact Name | Seungmo Cho Phone | +82-2-2128-8748 Email | marketing@hanbit.co.kr URL | http://www.hanbit.co.kr 3. Marketing Information Issued Copies / Bestselling Ranking | 5,000 copies Subject | Fairy Tale for Children Target Readership | Ages 7-10 Media Review and Advertisem..

  • 2018.06.28
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The Birth of Publishing Company ‘BookGoodCome’

TOPIC > KOREAN PUBLISHER 1

Reading picture books always leaves one wanting more. They take roughly 10 minutes to read. Like swallowing noodles, one can easily leaf through picture books but the content lingers for longer. That lingering feeling like a savory flavor one finds difficult to shake even after a long period of time. Here is a publisher that creates its own savory flavor while creating small universes in picture books. After opening its doors in 2009, BookGoodCome has been contacted by distinguished publishers from locations around the world. We spoke to author couple Lee Rury and Lee Sun-young who manage ..

  • 2018.06.28
  • 110

Export Prospects of Korean Books

NEWS > BOOK SUMMARY

<Sandstorm> 1. Publication Details Imprint | SIGONGSA Co., Ltd.Title | Sandstorm Author | Jin-ki Do Format | 130*203 Pages | 352 pages ISBN | 978-89-5277-868-0 2. Contact Name | Sunju Jung Phone | +82-2-2046-2895 Email | alliswell1224@sigongsa.com URL | http://www.sigongsa.com/main/main.php 3. Marketing Information Media Review and Advertisement | Korean-style mystery fiction, revived and evolved. Author Jin-ki Do’s fourth title in the “Jinu Series.” 4. About the Author After completing bachelor’s and master’s courses at the Seoul N..

  • 2018.07.31
  • 166

Ha Seong-Ran, An Author Ready to Talk

TOPIC > EXPORT TRENDS

In the April issue of Asymptote, which has a global circulation of 70,000, a book by South Korean author Ha Seong-ran was featured inside. Ha is known for her detailed depictions in her writing and the book that was introduced was <Bluebeard’s First Wife>(Changbi). Whether she is far away or close by, Ha is ready to talk and the following is a Q&amp;A with the author. KPIPA Please tell us about yourself. Ha Seong-ran(Ha below) Since my short novel <Grass> was selected in a literary competition by Seoul Daily in 1996, I’ve been writing short, long novels and prose. Be..

  • 2018.07.31
  • 152

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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Daewon CI

TOPIC > KOREAN PUBLISHER 1

Daewon Culture Industry(Daewon C.I.), formerly called Daewon Donghwa(1991), is one of South Korea's representative cartoon publishers. As one of the cornerstones for South Korea's comics industry, it has walked hand in hand with the history of the country's cartoons for the past 27 years. Daewon C.I. is a subsidiary of content licensing company Daewon Media and one of its more successful businesses.Anyone who was born and raised in South Korea is likely to have at least one of Daewon C.I.'s comics characters in their memories. Times have changed and paper comics that used to be turned page b..

  • 2017.12.22
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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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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
  • 56

"SangSang Publications"

TOPIC > KOREAN PUBLISHER 2

SangSang is a publisher in South Korea that resembles a friend on a journey. Whether you're planning a busy trip to a far place, or a short journey to a close by destination, SangSang provides books that can accompany all kinds of travelers that are fun and chock full of information. The company is now nine years old and one of South Korea's travel-specific publishers. Their books provide information on traveling both inside South Korea and abroad and offer a plethora of themes everyone who is itching to travel can enjoy. The publisher has broadened its boundaries to include books on cooking..

  • 2017.12.01
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Interview with Mi-kyoung Song

TOPIC > EXPORT TRENDS

There is one South Korean author of fairy tales who has created her own forte with experimental and uncommon imagination along with her fantasy-infused stories. Mi-kyoung Song debuted as a fairy tale author in 2008 in South Korea and has since received numerous awards since. She is known for writing for children and teens that enjoy her fairy tales and novels. Of her books 『Some Kid Lived Here』 was named as one of this year's final contestants for the In Other Words program by BookTrust, an influential reading group in the U.K. The book had been selected with another seven books after compe..

  • 2017.12.01
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Export Prospects of Korean Books

NEWS > BOOK SUMMARY

<Art and Gravitational Acceleration> 1. Publication Details Imprint | Bookhouse Publishers Title | Art and Gravitational Acceleration Author | Myounghoon Bae Format | 140*210 Binding | Paperback Pages | 324pages ISBN | 978-89-56057-85-9 2. Contact Name | Areum Han Phone | +82-2-3144-2703 Email | reumie@hanmail.net URL | http://www.bookhouse.co.kr 3. Marketing Information Circulation, Sales Rank | 4,000 copies Subject | The future and the value of communication Primary Readers | Fans of science fiction who have been waiting for another author like Arth..

  • 2017.12.01
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Risu·Reading Cat Publishing Company

TOPIC > KOREAN PUBLISHER 2

It has been nearly 18 years since two sisters started operating an independent publishing company together in a corner of an animal hospital. Seeking the nature of things that are not always visible, rather than things tangible and in this process, creating books that know 'me' and the world is what Risu·Reading Cat Publishing Company tries to pursue. We are in the age of competition amongst independent publishers. The following is a Q&amp;A with Risu·Reading Cat Publishing Company, operated with unique individuality. KPIPA We'd like to ask you to introduce your company to our rea..

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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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Interview with author Soon-won Lee

TOPIC > EXPORT TRENDS

Works by novelist Soon-won Lee are pure, traditional and nature-centric. He has lived some 30 years as a novelist and his writing at times has been published in textbooks or produced into short television films. His works, known for their deep Korean narratives, are now garnering attention overseas. There is a saying that the most traditional things are usually the most global, which would explain why his pure, Korean writing has been gaining interest outside of the country. We spoke to the novelist on his recently exported <the whale who returned to the sea>, where he gets his inspiration fro..

  • 2017.11.01
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Export Prospects of Korean Books

NEWS > BOOK SUMMARY

<Mr. Madang’s Happy Days> 1. Publication Details Imprint | Wurinabi Publishing House Title | Mr. Madang’s Happy Days Author | Hong Yeon-sik Illustrator | Hong Yeon-sik Format | 150*210 Binding | Paperback Pages | 420pages ISBN | 979-11-86843-17-8 2. Contact Name | Rosa Han Phone | +82-70-8879-7093 Email | joerosa@hanmail.net URL | http://blog.naver.com/michel61 3. About the Author / Illustrator Hong Yeon-sik studied visual arts at Korea National University of Arts and made his debut as a graphic novel artist in the New Comics ..

  • 2017.11.01
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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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Dolbegae

TOPIC > KOREAN PUBLISHER 2

In the summer of 1979, publisher Dolbegae was founded. Since that time it has already been almost 40 years since the company started publishing meaningful books one by one like a stone, firm and steady. Today, it enjoys its leading position as a publisher that creates books on humanities, society and science. A publisher that creates books we all need to live today. A company that publishes honest books based on the trust from readers. These are all titles that well describe Dolbegae. To meet with Dolbegae's executive editor Su-han Kim, we arrived at the book cafe on the first floor of the ..

  • 2017.10.10
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The 2017 Guadalajara International Book Fair

TOPIC > ISSUE

The biggest book fair in Central, South America A massive range of South Korean books will be introduced at the 2017 Guadalajara International Book Fair taking place for nine days from Nov. 25 in Mexico. This book fair is the largest of its kind in Central and South America and has been considered as a comprehensive cultural festival by many. Every year, roughly 800,000 participants come to the fair, while last year it celebrated its 30th year with even more vibrant festivities. The publishing industry size of Mexico as well as Central and South America is still small compared to ..

  • 2017.10.10
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Interview with You-jeong Jeong

TOPIC > EXPORT TRENDS

She may be, undoubtedly, the best writer of Korean-style thriller novels. She is also gearing up to spark a new wave abroad with her writing. She is You-jeong Jeong, renowned for novels like 『A Night of Seven Years』, 『28』 and 『Origin of Species』. Jeong's novels explore the true nature of mankind hidden deep in the folds of humans and they have captured not only Korean readers but those abroad, leading to her books becoming translated and published in different countries. Her most representative work 『the night of seven years』 tells the story of a man who has lost all from a murder case that..

  • 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

NEWS > BOOK SUMMARY

<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

NEWS > BEST SELLER

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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Export Prospects of Korean Books

NEWS > BOOK SUMMARY

<Farewell> 1. Publication Details Imprint | SANZINI Title | Farewell Subtitle | Learning about Death Author | Ki-Sook Lee Format | 188*257 Binding | Paperback Pages | 262pages ISBN | 978-89-65454-37-3 2. Contact Name | Haneulbada Park Phone | +82-51-504-7070 Email | ehreh1111@daum.net URL | http://www.sanzinibook.com 3. Marketing Information Issued Copies / Bestselling Ranking | 1,000 copies Topic | Life and death Target Readership | General public Media Review and Advertisement | The study of death deals not with death but with life. – Psychologist..

  • 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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South Korea Book Exports

REPORT > COLUMN 1

Some foreign readers may think of young authors who have just arrived on the scene when they hear "Korean novelists". That may change as the work of Soon-won Lee, a veteran novelist who has consistently published pure and lyrical novels, is now being actively introduced abroad. Many of his work have didactic messages that deal with elements like nature or growth. German readers can soon expect to enjoy his work, for which Lee has received many literary prizes at home. Cover art for the Korean language version of [The Whale Who Returned to the Sea] ⓒ BookGoodCome South Kore..

  • 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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Changes in South Korea's reading demographics

NEWS > PUBLISHING INDUSTRY

The popularity of paper books is fading while more people are reading books and text on e-books and other digital means. It is a common change that has been observed throughout the world and not just in South Korea. It is also a natural one that has come in hand with the paradigm changes as mediums of recording text have evolved. When looking at the history of mankind's communication evolution, elements like readability, preservation and economical efficiency have been key in record-keeping. Digital mediums are tools for reading that fulfill all of these.According to South Korea's most extensi..

  • 2017.09.11
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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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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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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 July Bestsellers

NEWS > BEST SELLER

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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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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Export Prospects of Korean Books

NEWS > BOOK SUMMARY

<Laziness Is a Habit> 1. Publisher Sigongsa Co. Ltd. http://www.sigongsa.com/main/main.php 2. Publication title | Laziness Is a Habit Author | Myeong-gi Choi 3. Book Details Pages | 264 Format | 146☓215 (mm, width☓length) Binding | Paperback Publication Date | January 5, 2017 ISBN | 9788952777768 4. Point of Contact Name | Sunju Jung Phone | +82-2-2-46-2895 E-mail | alliswell1224@sigongsa.com 5. Marketing Information Rights Sold | Thailand, Indonesia Copies Printed, Sales Rank | A best seller in the self-help category Subject | Escaping ..

  • 2017.06.30
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Korean Bestsellers Trend in June

NEWS > BEST SELLER

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
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Sales of key South Korean bookstores

Knowledge > Publishing Industry Ⅰ

Today in many countries, online bookstores are a solid part of their publishing distribution networks. Up until the early 1990s, only physical bookstores of varying scale existed and readers' selection of books was based on book displays and how accessible the stores were. However, following the emergence of Amazon in 1995, online bookstores have solidified their position as key sales channels of the publishing industry in countries around the world. That change markedly took place in South Korea compared to other countries. After online bookstores first emerged in South Korea in 1..

  • 2019.07.08
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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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South Korea's budding publishing experts

NEWS > PUBLISHING INDUSTRY

University education inside South Korea to create experts in the publishing industry peaked in the 1990s. This was reflected in how even regional universities outside the capital area created new majors for this purpose while more than 10 two-year community colleges also did the same. There were also several locations that used the title "electronic publishing". Currently there is only one four-year university that has a publishing related major(Semyung University) and two two-year colleges(Shingu College, Seoil University). In today's modern world where job education is key, the numb..

  • 2017.12.22
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Publication lndustry Promotion Agency of Korea

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