Thursday, March 10, 2011

Increasing Korean book exports

Korea's book exports continue to rise due to the spread of the Korean wave. According to the Korean Publishers Association, 1,477 Korean books were published overseas in 2010 and 1,427 in 2009. This is a tremendous increase compared to 2001, when only 20 Korean books were published outside Korea.

China and Asia are the biggest markets for Korean books abroad. Over the last two years, China has accounted for 41 percent of the trade, followed by Thailand, Indonesia and Taiwan.

Children’s books are the most popular genre, accounting for 62 percent of the total, followed by literature, comics, language books, social science books and books on technology.

According to the Korean Publishers Association, America and England have also seen rising in the publication of Korean-authored books, boding well for the future of Korean works in the international market.


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