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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..

  • 2020.06.01
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Literary Awards and Contests in the field of Genre Literature

Trend > Special Project

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

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

Knowledge > Publishing Industry

Science & 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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#Science and Humanities

Information > #K-Book

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

  • 2020.06.01
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Export Prospects of Korean Books

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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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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Books and Book Clubs

Trend > Topic

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

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

Knowledge > Publishing Industry

Religion was the origin of publishing in both the East and the West. The common ground of <42-line Gutenberg Bible (1455)> which is regarded as the beginning of modern publication and <Jikji: Anthology of Great Buddhist Priests’ Zen Teachings (1377)>, the world’s first Buddhist scripture made with movable metal types which predate the Bible, is that they are both religious books. It is possible to say that philosophical and religious publications are from the same source in that they both talk about the ongoing struggles of humanity – what is a human being and how should one live. Acco..

  • 2020.04.06
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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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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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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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Elementary Science Q2 Please take care of the Earth

Information > New Books

Mysterious counsellor Please take care of the Earth Fun and amazing secrets of the Earth revealed by the Zany Doctor! Hello, everyone! I am the Zany Doctor. Thanks to my zany curiosity I could solve all the concerns with science. Ha-ha! Hi, I am Toto. I am the assistant of Doctor! Solve the troublesome concerns on the Earth with the Zany Doctor. Madam Earth that wants to become the best star in the solar system Sad Lady Moon with her ever-changing face Java Island in trouble after the eruption of Mister Volcano Jump into the fun and easy w..

  • 2020.02.03
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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
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Kim Cho-Yeop

Interview > Korean Authors

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

  • 2020.02.03
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Current status of each field in the Korean publishing market

Knowledge > Publishing Industry

Interesting stories from the past will always attract people’s minds; literature was the beginning and the flower of publication in every country. The poems, novels, essays, and plays written in Korean by Korean authors that sublimate their identity, emotions, and critical minds are an irreplaceable pillar of Korean culture. In particular, while undergoing turbulent modern history including the Japanese colonization, the Korean War, military dictatorship, industrialization, democratization, globalization, and informatization, Koreans would reflect the wounds in gemlike poems, novels, a..

  • 2020.02.03
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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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2020 Publication Trends in Korea

Trend > Topic

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

  • 2020.02.03
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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
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South Korean bestsellers in November

Information > Best Sellers

The bestseller lists for the third week of November from South Korea's biggest online bookstores Kyobo Book Centre and Interpark were nearly identical, showing a clear trend in reader demand as the year-end wanes closer. In addition to <Trend Korea 2020> which topped both lists last month, books like <8>, <The Longevity Paradox> and <Ji-young Kim, Born in '82> were popular at both bookstores, showing South Korean readers were into a number of subjects in November like economics/management, self-development, health and novels and not just focused on one category. However, if one category h..

  • 2019.12.09
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Great places to meet South Korean books

Trend > Topic

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

  • 2019.10.07
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Export Prospects of Korean Books

Information > Book Summary

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

  • 2019.09.09
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Export Prospects of Korean Books

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
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Export Prospects of Korean Books

Information > Book Summary

<Prince in Useless Land> 1. Publication Details Imprint | GOBOOKY BOOKS Co. Ltd. Title | Prince in Useless Land Author | Kim Min Jeong Illustrator | Lee Gap Gyu Genre | Fairy tale Format | 185×240 Binding | Paperback Pages | 132pages ISBN | 9788966072026 2. Contact Name | Oh Wonyoung Phone | +82-10-4050-2662 Email | owy0209@naver.com URL | http://www.gobook2.com/main 3. Marketing Information Keyword | Children's story; teaching; education Target Readership | Children ages 9 to 12 4. About the Author and Illustrator Author - Kim Min Jeong Kim..

  • 2019.11.04
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Export Prospects of Korean Books

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
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South Korean bestsellers in October

Information > Best Sellers

In the third week of October, essay collections that can help make the chillier weather feel a bit warmer found themselves on bestseller lists at Aladin and YES24. Recently in South Korea, essay collections have seen sustained popularity as readers seek them out for comfort in their busy and tiring lives. <From a Lone Person to a Lone Person> by Lee Byung-ryul and Geulbaewoo's <Either Tired or Nothing You Like> both made it to bestseller lists with their empathy-filled sentences and words of support for readers. Meanwhile, as the end of the year nears, readers have been paying attention t..

  • 2019.11.04
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Travelers sailing through the sea of knowledge - 'Across Publishing Group Inc.'

Interview > Korean Publishers

Information and knowledge inundate our lives daily. Selecting what's important amid that torrent of data is not an easy task. South Korean publisher Across Publishing Group Inc (Across below) creates books that enrich lives, plucking knowledge from a sea of information. Across say they eagerly navigate the waters, publishing books with firm standards and values. Across seeks to publish books that carry the knowledge people need to live their lives, not knowledge that is irrelevant. Q. Please tell us about Across. A. Across is a publishing company that ..

  • 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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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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2018 The Year of Books & The Seoul International Book Fair

TOPIC > ISSUE

Books read together, books read easily – 2018: The year of books On March 22, South Korea's culture ministry designated this year as the year of books. It reflected the government's drive to boost falling reading rates in the country and the struggling publication industry. It was the first time in 25 years for the declaration to be made as the last time the government designated a year for reading was in 1993. To create a society that reads together, the government plans to launch various projects and programs in bookstores, libraries, provincial governments and on social media ove..

  • 2018.05.30
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Genre Novel Publisher 'Arzak Livres'

Interview > Korean Publishers

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

  • 2019.08.05
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South Korea's 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 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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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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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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Gilbut Children

TOPIC > KOREAN PUBLISHER 2

Korean publishers are expanding their presence in the offshore publication market. At this time when foreign publishers taking increasing interest, here are two unique Korean publishers we personally visited to hear their diverse stories. “Happy books, warm books, books you want to keep forever and ever.” This has been the publishing philosophy behind Gilbut Children Publishing since it was founded in 1995. Gilbut has been given credit for forging a market for picture books on barren land and today, it publishes a variety of books through which children can understand Korean culture an..

  • 2017.07.28
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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
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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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Golden Bough

TOPIC > KOREAN PUBLISHER 1

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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Export Prospects of Korean Books

Information > Book Summary

<From Poetry> 1. Publication Details Imprint | SANZINI Title | From Poetry Author | Choi Yeongcheol Genre | Literature Format | 140×205 Binding | Paperback Pages | 224pages ISBN | 9788965455974 2. Contact Name | Kang Sugeul Phone | +82-051-504-7070 Email | sanzini@sanzinibook.com URL | https://sanzinibook.tistory.com/ 3. Marketing Information Keyword | Poetry; poet; writing; poetry theory; essay Target Readership | Adult 4. About the Author Kang made his literary debut in 1986 at the Hankook Ilbo Daily Spring Literary Competition. His published ..

  • 2019.08.05
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South Korea's National Institute of Ecology - Known for publishing content acclaimed worldwide

Trend > Export Case

South Korea's National Institute of Ecology operated by the country's Ministry of Environment calls itself 'another little Earth' with its exhibits of various plants and animals from countries around the world, including South Korea. The institute also publishes a diverse range of books on the environment for everyone from children to experts. Recently, the institute exported publishing rights of 13 books to Vietnam and Turkey, and some of them have already been translated and introduced to the local markets there. This year, seven books including <The Facts Within the Fairy Tales: Aesop's Sto..

  • 2019.08.05
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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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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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<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

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..

  • 2019.09.09
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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..

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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..

  • 2019.06.10
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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..

  • 2019.07.08
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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..

  • 2019.08.05
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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..

  • 2019.10.07
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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..

  • 2019.11.04
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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..

  • 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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Export Prospects of Korean Books

NEWS > BOOK SUMMARY

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

  • 2018.06.28
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Book Ecosystem Vision Forum - the 3rd

TOPIC > ISSUE

The third part of the <Book ecosystem vision forum> called ‘The Birth of An Author’ was hosted at a hall inside the JU center, a cultural space for young South Koreans on May 31. “What do publishers need to do in order for authors to feel the actions of publishers are a form of ‘beautiful interference’? This is a place where we will discuss how to increase the number of local writers,” said Jeong Eun-sook, head of the forum’s executive committee. This section of the webzine aims to summarize what was discussed at the forum regarding the birth of new authors while introducing what lies ahead fo..

  • 2018.06.28
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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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Export Prospects of Korean Books

NEWS > BOOK SUMMARY

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

  • 2017.12.01
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South Korea's Translated Literature Awards, Where Are They Now?

TOPIC > TRENDS

South Korean works of literature are making themselves known here and there outside the country. At this time, it's easy for the importance of translation to be overlooked. The same work of art can shine more brilliantly or suffer through different translators. It is not an easy task to carry the same message in Korean books while conveying the respective emotions or characteristics of the language the work is being translated into. And so, there are increasingly more awards to boost the number of excellent translators and translated books in South Korea. The following describes the status o..

  • 2017.11.01
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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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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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South Korea's Key Publishing Related Organizations

NEWS > PUBLISHING INDUSTRY

In South Korea's publishing industry, there are many private organizations. Inside these organizations are members who work for competing businesses, but inside the groups they seek interests and order for the greater good. They also help pass on voices from inside the industry to a larger audience. The following are organizations key to South Korea's publishing industry linked to production, distribution, sales and research. The most representative of publishers' groups would be the Korean Publishers Association, founded in 1947. Inside the group are all kinds of publishers, big and s..

  • 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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South Korea's January Bestsellers

NEWS > BEST SELLER

Self-development book 『The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck』 reigns for fourth straight week U.S. influencer Mark Manson's 『The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck』 stayed atop YES24's bestseller list(as of the first week of December) for a fourth consecutive week thanks to its overwhelming popularity. The book has offered a fresh paradigm that has trumped conventional self-help books known for stressing unlimited positivity, resulting in it catapulting in popularity around the world. Novels see fiery demand on new releases from non-Korean authors With year-end holi..

  • 2017.12.22
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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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Review of Seoul International Book Fair 2017

TOPIC > TRENDS

The International Book Fair 2017 was held for five days from June 14th to 18th in Seoul, the capital city of South Korea. The event was a lively scene, celebrating new trends in the Korean publishing industry with enthusiastic industry insiders and book-lovers. Beyond Huge Online Bookstores Online bookstores are sweeping around the world, following the trend started by Amazon. Due to this tremendous change, local independent bookstores in our town are closing one after another. People quickly get used to the convenience of online bookstores, left behind the memories of sitt..

  • 2017.06.30
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Export Prospects of Korean Books

NEWS > BOOK SUMMARY

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

  • 2017.06.30
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Korean Bestsellers Trend in June

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Political books “rising” and novel “neck and neck game” On May 10th, as the new government was formed in Korea, [Jae-in Moon's Destiny] reached the number one spot for three consecutive weeks until June. The parliamentary hearing continued after the presidential election, so the readers' interest in politics remained steady. Especially, competition in the fiction section was fierce in this week. Bernard Werner’s new book, "Slumber 1", ranked third on the list with the release of " Homo Deus" of Yuval Noah HararI, and Nam-joo Jo's [Ji-young Kim Born in 1982]rose 11.8% from the previous week..

  • 2017.06.30
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South Korea’s Key Publishing Related Organizations

Knowledge > Publishing Industry Ⅱ

In South Korea's publishing industry, there are many private organizations. Inside these organizations are members who work for competing businesses, but inside the groups they seek interests and order for the greater good. They also help pass on voices from inside the industry to a larger audience. The following are organizations key to South Korea's publishing industry linked to production, distribution, sales and research. The most representative of publishers' groups would be the Korean Publishers Association, founded in 1947. Inside the group are all kinds of publishers, big and..

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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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The Science of Conception

Information > New Books

The biggest show on earth that happens right inside our bodies! Why has the story of conception always been led by sperm? We've been mistaken until now about the meeting of the sperm and egg! Sperm racing towards the egg that waits endlessly? Fact 1. Uterine contractions help sperm move to the fallopian tubes Fact 2. Eggs also need to beat a high competition rate of more than 10 to 1 Sperm+egg=child The surprising story beyond what we know! How one cell becomes a human! An embryological lecture that will confound prejudice! T..

  • 2019.10.07
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Science Cookie

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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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