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LBF Events at Earls Court, 8 April – Professional programme

Two events at Earls Court today clash with events in the cultural programme:

  • An Overview of the Korean Publishing Market (11:30 – 12:30)
  • Korean Technology and the Digital Publishing Scene – Who’s Reading What, and How? (1pm – 2pm)

Details below:

An Overview of the Korean Publishing Market

08 Apr 2014, 11:30 – 12:30, Wellington room, EC1
Language: Korean

Korea is a top 10 global publishing market. This seminar provides a comprehensive overview of the Korean publishing scene, and will cover p-books, e-books, distribution and other trend and major issues. Speakers from across the industry will provide expertise from their different sectors:

  • Full breakdown of the current state of the Korean industry
  • Copyright sales and exchange in Korea
  • The overseas book market in Korea.

Roger Tagholm

Job Title: Freelance Journalist
Company Name: Self-employed

Roger Tagholm is a freelance journalist and author who has been writing about the book industry for 25 years. He contributes regularly to Publishing Perspectives and The Bookseller, and has visited and written features on the book industry in China, South Korea and the United Arab Emirates. He is the author of Poems NOT on the Underground (Windrush Press) and Walking Literary London (New Holland), and the co-author of Walking London’s Parks and Gardens (New Holland). He also writes occasional pieces for the Guardian on religion and is a regular contributor to The Herald in Scotland on current affairs.

Won-keun Baek

Job Title: Chief Researcher
Company Name: Korean Publishing Research Institute

He worked as a member of board of directors at the Korean Publishing Science Society, a committee member of Bookstart Korea and the Seoul International Book Fair, a lecturer at the department of mass communication at the graduate school of Chung-Ang University and at the graduate school of journalism at Hanyang University, and a member of regulation reform committee at the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism. He has been working as a chief researcher at the Korean Publishing Research Institute since 1995. The main fields of his interest include the publishing industry and ecosystem of reading, government policies concerning publishing and promotion of reading, and he co-authored A History of Korean Publishing Industry.

Sue Yang

Job Title: CEO
Company Name: EYA Agency

After studying social science at Yonsei University, she entered the department of interpretation and translation at Petersham Technical College in Australia. After finishing the program, she began working as the head director of Eric Yang Agency from 1996, where she was responsible for importing books from America and Europe. She is now the CEO of Eric Yang Agency, and she has recently finished the management program at Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology.

Eun-kyung Kim

Job Title: Head of Purchasing & Support Department
Company Name: Kyobo Book Center

Business career:
Jan. 2014, Head of purchasing & support department
2012-2013 Director of purchasing department
1991-2011 General manager in off-line branches
1987-1990 College textbook sales department

Kim, Eun-kyung became a head of purchasing & support department, in January 2014, responsible for the company’s purchasing, sourcing and supporting operations.

She joined Kyobo Book Centre Co. Ltd., in 1987 as a college textbook sales department member. And from 1991-2011, she served as a general manager in off-line branches.

In 2011, she was appointed as a director at the purchasing department, and has been leading the Kyobo’s new marketing, stock and cost management.

Korean Technology and the Digital Publishing Scene – Who’s Reading What, and How?

08 Apr 2014, 13:00 – 14:00, Wellington room, EC1
Language: English

Korea is the most wired nation on earth! Four leaders from the Korean e-publishing industry will each give a short presentation. The subjects covered promise to be fascinating, and are as follows:

  • Changing Reading Patterns in the Mobile Environment
  • The Global eBook Market – Lessons Learned
  • Opportunities for Publishers’ Own App-based Distribution Channels
  • Technology for Preventing Device Addiction in Children

Michael Kim

Job Title: CEO
Company Name: i-ePUB


  • Member of IDPF (International Digital Publishing Forum)
  • Consultant of Korean Publication Industry Promotion Agency
  • Consultant of Korea Education and Reserch Information Service
  • Consultant of Literature Translation Institute of Korea
  • Consultant of Korea Copyright Commission
  • Adjunct professor in eBook Content at Kyunggi University
  • Adjunct professor in Culture Content at KunKuk University


  • Hanyang University Dept. of Management

Robert S. Kim

Job Title: CEO
Company Name: iPortfolio


  • Advisor of the Korean e-Learning Export Council / Ministry of Knowledge Economy
  • Co-Founding Member of IMS GLC Korea
  • Former Lecturer at Chung-Ang Univ.
  • Author of “The Guessing Game” (English/Chinese language teaching guide, Nexus Publishing)


  • Seoul National University Dept. of Astronomy


  • iPortfolio Inc. / CEO & Co-Founder
  • 4CSoft Inc. / Executive VP
  • Locus China / Sales Manager
  • Avaya Inc. / Specialist
  • E-Land Group / Manager


  • “Digital Minds Conference” / London Book Fair (2013)
  • “From Paper to Digital” / Publishers Association of Thailand (2013)
  • “Digital Contents in a Smart World” / Frankfurt Book Fair (2012)
  • “A View on Korean M-Learning Market” / e-Learning International Conference in Korea (2010)

Han-yeol Cho

Job Title: CEO
Company Name: Bookjam


  • Consultant of Korean Publication Industry Promotion Agency


  • Seoul National University Dept. of Computer Science and Engineering


  • Chips&Media: Video Codec IP Cores Software development
  • NETSARANG COMPUTER : Core competencies of the TCP / IP Internet technology development.

Ryan Kim

Job Title: CEO
Company Name: Y factory


  • Adjunct professor in eBook Content at Kyunggi University


  • Kyungbook National University Dept. of Electronic Engineering
  • Kyungbook National Graduated School Dept. of Embedded System & Networking (M.D)

Jonghwan Lee

Job Title: Executive VP & Co-Founder
Company Name: iPortfolio Inc

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