South Korean bestsellers in November

Bestsellers at South Korea's biggest online bookstores, Kyobo Book Centre and Interpark

2019.12.09

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 has shown consistent strength on South Korean bestselling book lists, that would be essays. On both top 10 bestseller lists were Geulbaewoo's <Either Tired or Nothing You Like> and Ven. Pomnyun's <Now Is Good As Is> while at Kyobo, <I Want To Be a Good Person Only To You> found itself at no. 8. The continued demand for essays was seen reflecting readers' need for comfort through warm essay books as they battle the coming cold weather.
Also in November as the year draws to a close, readers sought out books that could help them close out the year in a good way and prepare well for the new. The second-bestselling book at Kyobo Book Centre was <Q&A a Day: 5-Year Journal> while at no. 9 at Interpark was <The Intellectual Devotional>, showing readers' hopes to improve themselves in the new year.

 

* The following lists were compiled from information on the official websites of Kyobo Book Centre and Interpark based on data from the third week of November.

 

Kyobo Book Centre
1

Kyobo1위

Trend Korea 2020
Author | Kim Nan-do, SNU Life Sciences Research Center
Publisher | Miraebook
Genre | conomics/Management
2

Kyobo2위

Q&A a Day: 5-Year Journal
Author | Potter Style
Publisher | Tornado
Genre | Self-development
3

Kyobo3위

Either Tired or Nothing You Like
Author | Geulbaewoo (Kim Dong-hyuk)
Publisher | Ganghanbyul
Genre | Essay
4

Kyobo4위

8 (Eight)
Author | Lee Ji-sung
Publisher | Chai Garden
Genre | Self-development
5

Kyobo5위

The Longevity Paradox
Author | Steven Gundry
Publisher | Bronstein
Genre | Essay
6

Kyobo6위

Now Is Good As Is
Author | Pomnyun
Publisher | Jungto Publishing
Genre | Essay
7

Kyobo7위

Liberal Arts Study of Wealth
Author | Brownstone
Publisher | Open Mind
Genre | Economics/Management
8

Kyobo8위

I Want To Be a Good Person Only To You
Author | Yoo Gwi-seon
Publisher | Studio Audrey
Genre | Essay
9

Kyobo9위

Ji-young Kim Born in '82
Author | Cho Nam-joo
Publisher | Minumsa
Genre | Novel
10

Kyobo10위

90's Kids Are Coming
Author | Im Hong-taek
Publisher | Whale Book
Genre | Economics/Management

 

Interpark
1

Interpark_1위

Trend Korea 2020
Author | Kim Nan-do, SNU Life Sciences Research Center
Publisher | Miraebook
Genre | Economics/Management
2

Interpark_2위

8 (Eight)
Author | Lee Ji-sung
Publisher | Chai Garden
Genre | Self-development
3

Interpark_3위

Either Tired or Nothing You Like
Author | Geulbaewoo (Kim Dong-hyuk)
Publisher | Ganghanbyul
Genre | Essay
4

Interpark_4위

Seol Min-seok's Great Adventure into Korean History 12
Author | Seol Min-seok
Publisher | iHuman
Genre | Children
5

Interpark_5위

Now Is Good As Is
Author | Pomnyun
Publisher | Jungto Publishing
Genre | Essay
6

Interpark_6위

The Longevity Paradox
Author | Steven Gundry
Publisher | Bronstein
Genre | Essay
7

Interpark_7위

La Vie Secrete Des Ecrivains
Author | Guillaume Musso
Publisher | Balgunsesang
Genre | Novel
8

Interpark_8위

Ji-young Kim Born in '82
Author | Cho Nam-joo
Publisher | Minumsa
Genre | Novel
9

Interpark_9위

The Intellectual Devotional
Author | David S. Kidder, Noah Oppenheim
Publisher | Wisdom House
Genre | Liberal Arts
10

Interpark_10위

12 Rules for Life
Author | Jordan B. Peterson
Publisher | Maven
Genre | Liberal Arts

 

 


Written by Choi Ha-Yeong

 

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