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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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Agency list

Information > Agency List

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

  • 2020.08.03
  • 29

#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
  • 51

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-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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K-Movie

Trend > Special Project

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

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

Trend > Topic

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

  • 2020.08.03
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Agency list

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

  • 2020.07.13
  • 101

Three Generations of Railworkers

Information > New Books

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

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

Trend > Topic

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

  • 2020.07.13
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K-Sports

Trend > Special Project

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

  • 2020.07.13
  • 205

Jeonju, Jeollabukdo

Trend > Book Trip

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

  • 2020.07.13
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3rd Week, June

Information > Best Sellers

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

  • 2020.07.13
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Agency list

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

  • 2020.06.01
  • 62

Songpa, Seoul

Trend > Book Trip

The 123-storey-high Lotte World Mall, Olympic Stadium where the 88 Seoul Olympics were held, Lotte World and Seokchon Lake, which are always crowded throughout the year. With such places to go and see, the time in Songpa-gu flows fast just like other big cities. Named after the lush pine trees growing in the city, Songpa-gu is now filled with high buildings and big apartment complexes – there are so many that the city is often called a “Building Forest.” Yet, if you look a little bit deeper inside, there are still places where you can find relaxation in your life. Discover ..

  • 2020.05.04
  • 177

Export Prospects of Korean Books

Information > Book Summary

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

  • 2020.05.04
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Agency list

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

  • 2020.05.04
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K-BOOK Platform User Guide

Information > Guide

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

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

Trend > Topic Ⅰ

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

  • 2020.05.04
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Korea’s Diverse Children’s Literature Awards

Trend > Special Project

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

  • 2020.05.04
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2nd Week, April

Information > Best Sellers

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

  • 2020.05.04
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Agency list

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

  • 2020.04.06
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K-BOOK Platform User Guide

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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The future of bookstores seen in GyeongJu

Trend > Book Trip

For about 1,000 years from 57 B.C. to 935 B.C., Gyeongju was the capital of the ancient kingdom Silla; it is a city of history and culture treasuring ancient heritage. Royal Tombs - where the tombs of ancient kings are gathered, Cheomseongdae Observatory - the best observatory in the Eastern world built with 365 stones, Bulguksa Temple and Seokguram - world cultural heritages, and the Underwater Tomb of King Munmu – where the king was buried underwater and urged to protect the kingdom from the afterlife as a dragon, are all located in Gyeongju. Gyeongju, the treasure chest of mysterio..

  • 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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BIR

Interview > Korean Publishers

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

  • 2020.04.06
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Speech and Literature were the weapons of women

Trend > Topic

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

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

Knowledge > Publishing Industry

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

  • 2020.03.02
  • 243

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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K-BOOK Platform User Guide

Information > Guide

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

  • 2020.03.02
  • 71

Agency list

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

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

Trend > Export Case

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

  • 2020.03.02
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Spring Literary Contests held by Newspapers

Trend > Special Project

ⓒ Kyunghyang Shinmun, Chosun Ilbo, DongA Ilbo, Munhwa Ilbo New writers make their debut to the literary world by presenting their works through various channels such as independent publications, contracts with a publisher, literary contests, and online platforms. Among all these, “Shinchunmunye (Spring Literary Contest)” is a unique literary contest in Korea reserved for young writers. Korean newspapers select and award works of new writers on every first day of the year; it is also referred to as “the gateway for newly-debuting writers.” The uniqueness of the Spring Literary Contest..

  • 2020.03.02
  • 244

Suwon Independent Bookstores

Trend > Book Trip

Suwon was the first new town planned in the world (King Jeongjo, the 22nd king of Chosun Dynasty) and Hwaseong Fortress, located in the center of the city, is a gem of fortress culture. Designated as a World Cultural Heritage in 1977, Suwon Hwaseong Fortress was highly praised for its artistic values. A street full of abundant culture and history with modern senses surrounds the Fortress. And there is an independent bookstore on the street where you can experience the atmosphere and people of the neighborhood, and the culture and values of the region. We introduce you to, “Magnet &amp;..

  • 2020.02.03
  • 253

Creating a window into the future with books

Interview > Korean Publishers

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

  • 2020.02.03
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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
  • 370

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
  • 253

Export Prospects of Korean Books

Information > Book Summary

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

  • 2020.02.03
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Writer of the Year Award

Trend > Special Project

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

  • 2020.02.03
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K-BOOK Platform User Guide

Information > Guide

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

  • 2020.02.03
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Agency List

Information > Agency List

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

  • 2020.02.03
  • 72

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
  • 455

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
  • 420

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
  • 504

Export Prospects of Korean Books

Information > Book Summary

<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
  • 201

Export Prospects of Korean Books

Information > Book Summary

<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
  • 123

Export Prospects of Korean Books

Information > Book Summary

<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
  • 419

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
  • 516

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..

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K-BOOK Platform User Guide

Information > Guide

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

  • 2019.12.09
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South Korea's Global Book Exports

Knowledge > Publishing Industry

Several High quality South Korean books have recently been translated into a variety of languages and have been warmly received around the world. What is it then, about these South Korean books that enticed global readers? The answers are below as we take a look at recent South Korean book exports and the response regarding those books from publishing markets in the U.K., the U.S. and other parts of Europe. Lee Ji-min's <Marilyn and Me>, a portrait of wounds and healing from the Korean War "> Cover art for the U.K. version of Lee Ji-min's <Marilyn and Me> The author of book..

  • 2019.08.05
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Illustrator Kim Hwan-Young

Interview > Korean Authors

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

  • 2019.07.08
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EunHaeng NaMu Publishing

Interview > Korean Publishers

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

  • 2019.10.07
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How Eduwill successfully exported the <PERFECT TOPIK> series to China and Taiwan

Trend > Export Case

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

  • 2019.07.08
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Books recommended by bookstore MDs and librarians

Trend > Special Project

Bookstore MDs, or merchandisers, and librarians are links between books and readers. They are a bridge between publishers that create books and readers of books. Some people are closer to books and readers than others. These would be bookstore MDs and librarians. Bookstore MDs read dozens of books a week and decide what values the books hold after going through press releases from publishers, prefaces and tables of content. MD is an abbreviation for merchandiser, and they are responsible for selling books to readers by deciding what order books are to be displayed and what that..

  • 2019.10.07
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The History and Characteristics of South Korean Copyright Legislation

Knowledge > Publishing Policy

Copyright born from publications, publishing industry bolstered by copyright Copyright came to be thanks to the evolution of publishing, but now, the publishing industry is becoming fitter thanks to copyright. The Korean word 'jeojakgwon' comes from the English word 'copyright'. After the world's first copyright law was established in 1809 in the U.K., this word has been used all across the globe. To directly define this word, it refers to the right to copy or make duplicates of something. The word 'copyright' didn't appear from thin air, and anyone can easily ask how the word..

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

Trend > Topic

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

  • 2019.12.09
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South Korea's literary awards and competitions of 2019

Trend > Special Project

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

  • 2019.12.09
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Seoul's Tongin-dong

Trend > Book Trip

This issue's <Book Trip> begins at Sejong Village, just outside of Exit 2 of Gyeongbokgung Subway Station in Seoul. Sejong Village is where King Sejong's former residence was, and the region was given its name in 2010 out of respect for King Sejong's achievements. In the Joseon Dynasty, this area was where the ordinary people lived their lives in harmony while in contemporary Korea, artists and writers like Lee Jung-seob, Pak No-su, Yi Sang and Yun Dong-ju show off their talent. Currently, some 600 hanok (traditional Korean houses) call the place home while unique stores are nestled in..

  • 2019.12.09
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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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Agencies talk actual copyright export cases

TOPIC > SPECIAL

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

  • 2017.12.22
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2018 Seoul International Book Fair ‘New Definition’

TOPIC > ISSUE

The annual Seoul International Book Fair, now in its 24th year, was held for five days from June 20 to 24 at COEX, Seoul with the theme ‘New Definition’. At the fair’s local exhibitions 234 companies participated, while in the international booths 91 companies from 32 countries including France, the United States, Japan and China took part in the festivities. The guest country of honor for this year’s fair was the Czech Republic. In line with the theme ‘New Definition’, there was a variety of seminars, conferences, special programs, events and exhibits. Just inside the fair venue were shel..

  • 2018.07.31
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The Growth of Korean Audio Books, Celebrities Attract Listeners

Trend > Special Project

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

  • 2019.06.10
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2019 Seoul International Book Fair - Arrival

Trend > Topic

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

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

Trend > Topic

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

  • 2019.08.05
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GOZKNOCK ENT

TOPIC > KOREAN PUBLISHER 1

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

  • 2018.07.31
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The City of Islands and Stories, Tongyeong of South Gyeongsang Province

Trend > Book Trip

Sometimes there are words you try to avoid using because they are tired clichés, but at times you have no other choice but to use them. So you take these 'dead phrases' out of the drawer, shake the dust off with a disdainful look on your face. One of these situations would be when people use "yehyang (a location from whence many artists have hailed)" as a prefix for the city of Tongyeong. There, the 'Jaengi' lived Tongyeong of South Gyeongsang Province. This was the location where Admiral Yi Sun-sin led the Battle of Hansan Island, attempting to fend off enemies from the Kore..

  • 2019.06.10
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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
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2017 Bookstore Day

TOPIC > ISSUE

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

  • 2017.12.01
  • 74

Black Forest

TOPIC > KOREAN PUBLISHER 2

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

  • 2017.08.18
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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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North Korea Seen Through Books, and the Unification of the Korean Peninsula

Trend > Special Project

On the last day of June this year, a historic event happened in the border village of Panmunjom straddling the two Koreas when the leaders of the United States and North Korea met for the first time. Just a mere 62 km away from Seoul, this location was where the ceasefire armistice was signed in July 1953 to put a stop to the Korean War that had raged for three years between North and South Korea. Although U.S. President Donald Trump stepped over to North Korea for just a minute and met with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un for 53 minutes, the image of the two men shaking hands heightened hopes..

  • 2019.08.05
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Export Prospects of Korean Books

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<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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Hongdae, a neighborhood with a free and unique culture

Trend > Book Trip

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

  • 2019.08.05
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South Korea's 'Genre Literature'

REPORT > COLUMN 2

It is a pity but before the 1990s South Korea did not have the basis for 'genre literature.' It was, perhaps, due to the situation of the country where there was no room for people to laugh and cry over various works or at times, fall into imaginary worlds beyond their dreams. The biggest reason was due to the fact the country lacked pop culture that could be loved and adored by the public following the military rule of Japan and the Korean War. The history of South Korea's 'genre literature' 'Genre literature' in South Korea has recently been readying its wings to fly af..

  • 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

East-Asia Publishing

Interview > Korean Publishers

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

  • 2019.09.09
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Busan

Trend > Book Trip

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

  • 2019.09.09
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<K-Book in Berlin>

Trend > Special Project

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

  • 2019.09.09
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Agency list

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

  • 2019.09.09
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South Korea's Imprint System in Publishing

Knowledge > Publishing Industry Ⅰ

Most well-known South Korean publishers have several imprints (independent brands under the same publishing house). This number can go up to double-digits for large publishing houses, while smaller publishers' number of imprints is usually in the single-digit range. Imprints are a way for publishers to expand their publishing range as well as the size of their business and improve profits. Around 2005, the number of imprints grew rapidly in South Korea, and this trend was led by Woongjin Thinkbig, which managed more than 30 imprints at one point. They had a publishing system where they woul..

  • 2019.10.07
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Agency list

Information > Agency List

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

  • 2019.06.10
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Agency list

Information > Agency List

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

  • 2019.07.08
  • 442

Agency list

Information > Agency List

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

  • 2019.08.05
  • 85

Agency list

Information > Agency List

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

  • 2019.10.07
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Agency list

Information > Agency List

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

  • 2019.11.04
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Agency list

Information > Agency List

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

  • 2019.12.09
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Books and Writers of the Year Selected by Bookstores

Trend > Special Project

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

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

Trend > Export Case

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

  • 2019.11.04
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A New Joy Found in Daejeon - Tiny Bookstores

Trend > Book Trip

When chatting about traveling through cities in South Korea, Daejeon is almost never mentioned because of the lack of content worth noting aside from the fact that it lies right in the center of the Korean peninsula. One would also be doing themselves a favor by not recalling the Daejeon Expo from 1993, because they would be giving away how old they are. The story becomes different if the objective of your travels becomes narrower - specifically if the objective is books. A quiet place for quiet voices - Cloud Bookshop / Gumo Cafe We tend to fill the bookcase with b..

  • 2019.11.04
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Moonji Publishing Belongs to the Literary Community

Interview > Korean Publishers

Moonji Publishing Co., Ltd is the publisher that owns the entire novel collection by Man Booker International Prize winner Han Kang. It is also the publisher of poetry collections by Kim Hye-soon, who received the Griffin Poetry Prize in Canada earlier this year. Even with just these two statements, it is easy to define Moonji Publishing as South Korea's top publisher of literature. The following looks at the treasure trove of Korean literature Moonji Publishing has and what values the publisher prioritizes when it releases books. Moonji Publishing Co., Ltd Please tell our r..

  • 2019.11.04
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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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South Korea’s Digital Publishing Contents Platform

NEWS > PUBLISHING INDUSTRY

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

  • 2018.06.28
  • 76

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
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South Korea's May Bestsellers

Information > Best Sellers

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

  • 2019.06.10
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Export Prospects of Korean Books

Information > Book Summary

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

  • 2019.06.10
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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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10 Keywords: South Korea's publishing industry in 2017 at a glance

TOPIC > TRENDS

Candlelight Revolution The book "Candlelight Revolution" with the subtitle "Winter of 2016, Spring of 2017 - History Written by Light" is a collection of 484 photographs categorized into 45 themes that captures seven key events that led to the impeachment of now-former South Korean president Park Geun-hye in May this year. It is a striking but touching panorama of images bringing together the wishes of the 17 million people who asked, "Is this a country?" while holding candlelight vigils to bring down Park’s administration. Park, accused of graft and improper usage of p..

  • 2017.12.01
  • 92

"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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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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Asian Publishers Fellowship Program in Seoul 2017

TOPIC > ISSUE

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

  • 2017.11.01
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Where Korean readers meet books (3)

REPORT > COLUMN 2

Bookstores and libraries globally have been attempting to transform themselves. These locations are no longer places for people to just read or buy books, but spaces where visitors can enjoy culture, various events and take some time to stretch their legs. Reading books is often compared to traveling different worlds and this month's webzine looks at three special libraries that all strive to become cultural spaces with unique themes. 1. Science and books come together at KAOS Bookpark Jen Campbell, author of <Bookshop Story> says early on in her book, "Bookstores are time ma..

  • 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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South Korea Book Exports

REPORT > COLUMN 1

South Korean author Kyung-sook Shin known for her acclaimed novel 『Please Look after Mom』 is about to become published in the United States once more. The novel in the limelight is 『The Court Dancer』, which was first published in South Korea in 2007. The book is already sparking waves of curiosity as to how successful it will be in the United States as a historical novel by Shin that looks at the deep inner workings of man. Cover art for the English version of 『The Court Dancer』 to be released in 2018 The English language rights for Kyung-sook Shin's 『The Court Dancer』 were sold i..

  • 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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Leading the Popularization of Art “Art Books”

TOPIC > KOREAN PUBLISHER 2

"Art is public property," says the leader of Art Books, Min-young Jeong. Art is something anyone can enjoy, not just people for whom art is their livelihood. Art Books shines in the world of art as its specialty is emotionally explaining the most specialized forms of art. Since its establishment in 2001, Art Books is leading the popularization of art by publishing books the public can see, read, feel and experience. The following is a Q&amp;A with Jeong, the president of Art Books. Could you offer us an introduction of Art Books to those in the publi..

  • 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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Trends in Korean Book Exports

REPORT > COLUMN 1

South Korean author Jung-myung Lee has received one of the most prestigious awards in Italy for works of literature. Lee won high recognition for his mystery thriller , which aims to show humanity can survive in the most dire of wars. Italian title: La guardia, il poeta e l'investigatore"> Jung-myung Lee's <The Investigation> Italian title: La guardia, il poeta e l'investigatore Late on July 16 in Italy, Jung-myung Lee's <The Investigation (EunHaengNaMu Publishing Co)> was awarded one of the most prestigious literary prizes, the Premio Selezione Bancarella. This award is giv..

  • 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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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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By Embracing History and Culture, Incheon Blossoms with Literature

Trend > Book Trip

The remnants of history are always bound to be subject to different interpretations. Through that process, things from the past can be born again with new values. In the city of Incheon, signs of the passage of time since the port city opened its doors to the world can still be seen. The city is now blossoming with literature after having embraced that history. The literature of Incheon can be found at times in comparatively desolate parts of the city, but it's worth seeking it out, similar to how a reader can read between the lines of a book and feel touched. The Museum ..

  • 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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Paju Book City

Trend > Book Trip

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

  • 2019.10.07
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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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Science Cookie

Information > New Books

A very important incident in the history of 20th- century science was the discovery of quantum physics! What is quantum physics? This would be the result of much thinking on how electrons move inside atoms that form all matter But has mankind ever seen electrons move with the naked eye? Of course not! Then what can we actually see? Quantum physics can seem difficult but if you want to learn more in a fun way... Science creator Science Cookie will help you! Science Cookie is a science community that communicates with the world using science ..

  • 2019.07.08
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