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Overview of the Korean Publishing Market at the London Book Fair 2013

Korea is the Market Focus for the London Book Fair 2014, and with the Asia House Festival of Asian Literature coming up next month it’s good that we have two Korea / Asia-related talks at the London Book Fair – one on Translation, with participation from Deborah Smith (@londonkoreanist) and this one, a presentation from the Korean publishing industry.

Sadly, it looks as if you have to pay £30 to go to the whole fair in order to attend either of these talks, both of which are in the Earls Court exhibition centre complex.

Overview of the Korean Publishing Market

15 Apr 2013, 10:00 – 11:00 Wellington Room, EC1

LBF logoDid you know that Korea is one of the top 10 book markets in the world in terms of the market volume?

Korean publishers have been active buyers of foreign copyrights. Over the last few decades, they have been also providing international publishers with quality contents.

Don’t miss out on a valuable chance to get insiders’ insights at the seminar on the Korean book market.

You will get an overview of the Korean Book Market with focuses on the Seoul International Book Fair, trade publishing, digital publishing and the Literature Translation Institute of Korea (LTI Korea).


Eric Yang

Job Title: President of the Asia Pacific Publishers Association
Company Name: Vice President of the Korean Publishers Association

Eric Yang is the President of the Asia Pacific Publishers Association as well as the current Vice President of the Korean Publishers Association, the trade association. Based in Seoul, Eric is currently C.E.O of RH Korea (Formerly Random House Korea) and RHK JAPAN.

In addition, he was C.E.O & President of Random House Asia and oversaw both Random House Kodansha and Random House JoongAng joint-venture book publishing houses in Japan and Korea respectively. He also set the joint-venture as the distribution firm with Beijing Publishing Group in August 2007.

He is the founder of Eric Yang Literary Agency since 1995 which represents world-best selling authors and foreign publishers in Korea.

In 1999, Eric Yang Merchandising Agency was established and represented “Bob the Builder “and “Moomin” character licensing business in Seoul.

In 2000, he founded which is the first E-book company in Korea with nine major publishers as C.E.O.

Eric is one of the copyright specialists and business developers in publishing of Korea, and he always tries to “Think” and “Link” all the world publishing industries.

Eric is fluent in Japanese and Madarin Chinese

Robert S. Kim

Job Title: CEO & Founder
Company Name: iPortfolio Inc.

Robert Kim is the CEO and Founder of iPortfolio Inc., a Korea based technology company focusing in eBooks and education. iPortfolio is the major eBook technology partner for major Publishers, such as Oxford University Press in UK, World Book in US, and RHK (formerly Random House Korea) in Korea.

Robert Kim has spoken in numerous international events in regards to digital publishing and digital contents convergence. To name a few, he was one of the key speakers covering topics such as “Digital Contents in a Smart World” at Frankfurt Book Fair, “From Paper to Digital” at the publishers conference hosted by the Publishers Association of Thailand, and “A View on Korean M-Learning Market” at the e-Learning International Conference in Korea.

Robert Kim is the advisor for National IT Promotion Agency(NIPA), Ministry of Knowledge Economy, and held the position of Vice Chairman of the Korea eLearning Industry Association. He graduated from Seoul National University (Bachelor Science).


(automatically generated) Read LKL’s review of this event here.

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