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2nd Week, November 2020

Bestseller Trends in the Four Biggest Online Bookstores in Korea

 

2020.12.07

 

In the ranks of bestsellers announced by four major online bookstores in Korea for the second week of November, books that are keeping their place since last year catch our eyes. For example, the top bestseller See What They Mean, Say What You Mean is a reality-based guide book for parents to have the right conversations with their kid written by doctor Oh Eun Young, a national mentor for child-raising. And the second to the top was Trend Korea 2021, which has selected upcoming trends for 2021 with a sub-title “What is the strategy against the pandemic crisis?” Ranked third was Dollargut Dream Department Store, a fantasy novel about stories in a dream department where only those asleep are allowed to enter. As such, it is notable that the top three bestsellers are from different fields.
Meanwhile, some books are steady-sellers as well on the list. For example, The Property of Money features a philosophy about money that the writer offers to readers that want economic freedom. Ever since its publication in June, it has never come down from the list. Wearing a new cover marking the 100th printing, the book is ready to meet new readers. Also, as a series packed with intriguing stories, knowledge, fun, impressions, and lessons, Seol Min-Seok’s Korean History Adventure has been protecting its place on the list for children’s comics each time a new volume is released.
Among the new faces on the list, The Story of Art featuring art was released after its former series Korean History, produced by the same publisher, made a great hit this June. Also, HEAT is an essay written by Swings, a rapper in Korea, which talks about his rapper life where he ceaselessly takes on challenges. It was added to the bestsellers’ list after it began taking pre-orders before the official release. It seems that the recent popularity of hip-hop in Korea has worked as leverage for the book’s high sales.

 

* The rank of bestsellers below was organized after integrating domestic best sellers in the second week of November from the four biggest online bookstores in Korea – Kyobo Bookstore, Aladdin, Yes 24, and Interpark.

 

Best sellers
1

 

1위

 

See What They Mean, Say What You Mean
Author | Oh Eun Young
Publisher | Gimm-Young Publishers Inc.
Genre | Home & Childcare
2

 

2위

 

Trend Korea 2021
Author | Kim Nam-Do, Jeon Mi-Young,Choi Ji-Hye, Lee Hyang-Eun, Lee Joon-Young, Lee Su-Jin, Seo Yu-Hyun, Kwon Jeong-Yoon, Han Da-Hye
Publisher | Miraebook
Genre | Economics & Business Administration
3

 

3위

 

Dollargut Dream Department Store
Author | Lee Mi-Ye
Publisher | Factory Nine
Genre | Novel
4

 

4위

 

My Day Begins at 4:30 AM
Author | Kim Yu-Jin
Publisher | Tornado
Genre | Self-development
5

 

5위

 

Poem of Mindfulness
Author | Ryu Si-Hwa (edited)
Publisher | Suo Books
Genre | Poem
6

 

6위

 

The Property of Money (100th Print Special Edition)
Author | Kim Seung-Ho
Publisher | Snowfox Books
Genre | Economics & Business Administration
7

 

7위

 

Seol Min-Seok’s Korean History Adventure 15
Author | Seol Min-Seok, Storybox
Publisher | I-Human
Genre | Children’s Comics
8

 

7위

 

John Lee’s Breaking Out of Financial Illiteracy
Author | John Lee
Publisher | Vegabooks
Genre | Economics & Business Administration
9

 

7위

 

HEAT
Author | Swings
Publisher | Feelm
Genre | Essay
9

 

10위

 

The Story of Art
Author | Kim Young-Sook
Publisher | B.able
Genre | Art

 

 

 


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