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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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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
  • 54

K-Sports

Trend > Special Project

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

  • 2020.07.13
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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
  • 238

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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3rd Week, May

Information > Best Sellers

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

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

Knowledge > Publishing Industry

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

  • 2020.06.01
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E-book Platforms and the Meaning of “Original Content”

Trend > Topic Ⅰ

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

  • 2020.05.04
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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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Export Prospects of Korean Books

Information > Book Summary

<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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Korea’s Flagship Literary Awards for Poems

Trend > Special Project

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

  • 2020.04.06
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2nd Week, March

Information > Best Sellers

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

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

Knowledge > Publishing Industry

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

  • 2020.03.02
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3rd Week, February

Information > Best Sellers

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

  • 2020.03.02
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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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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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South Korea's digital publishing industry

NEWS > PUBLISHING INDUSTRY

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

  • 2017.08.18
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South Korea's December Bestsellers

NEWS > BEST SELLER

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

  • 2017.12.01
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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's publishing industry

NEWS > PUBLISHING INDUSTRY

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

  • 2017.07.28
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Current State of Korean Publishing

NEWS > PUBLISHING INDUSTRY

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

  • 2017.06.30
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Korean Bestsellers Trend in June

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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