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Government Expands Reading Initiatives

Government Expands Reading Initiatives

SEOUL, Apr. 26 (Korea Bizwire) — The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism announced on Thursday that it will push for a follow-up to last year’s “Year of the Book” to encourage citizens to read books daily. Last year, the “Year of the Book” project focused on conducting various campaigns to increase awareness of reading [...]

S. Korean Airmen Hold Book Marathon

S. Korean Airmen Hold Book Marathon

GWANGJU, Jan. 14 (Korea Bizwire) — Service members participating in the ‘Seonbong Book Marathon’ at the Republic of Korea Air Force 1st Fighter Wing had surpassed ‘11,320 kilometers’ worth of reading as of Sunday. The Seonbong Book Marathon is a program introduced last year where reading a page accounts for 100 meters of ‘running’ in [...]

37 Percent of University Students Don’t Read Anything Besides Course Material

37 Percent of University Students Don’t Read Anything Besides Course Material

SEOUL, Oct. 13 (Korea Bizwire) – According to an online survey conducted by job site Albamon, more than a quarter of South Korean university students don’t read books outside of school-related material. Of the students participating in the survey, 474 of the 1,289 (36.8 percent) responded that they did not read books unrelated to school. [...]

Book Cafés: Hotspot Havens for Koreans

Book Cafés: Hotspot Havens for Koreans

SEOUL, Jan. 5 (Korea Bizwire) – One particular social trend finding prominence in 2016 was the “do-it-yourself” movement. In a society that places high importance on group activities, and emphasizes that everything be done “together,” the concept of dining alone, studying alone, or even drinking alone, seemed alien in the past, and these types of [...]

Dwindling Interest in Reading Books at Faster Clip

Dwindling Interest in Reading Books at Faster Clip

SEOUL, Sept. 9 (Korea Bizwire) – The summer’s record-setting heatwave has finally subsided, the air swiftly chilled, and with brisk morning breezes, autumn is finally at hand.  In Korea, autumn is referred to as the “Season of Book-Reading”. But amidst an abundance of technological distractions and with difficult economic times discouraging household consumption, the idea [...]

Korean University Hosts Special Book-Reading Event

Korean University Hosts Special Book-Reading Event

CHEONGJU, May 23 (Korea Bizwire) – In an era of rapidly advancing technology, a book can feel like a relic of the past. In an effort to contradict this modern-day perception, the Korea National University of Education organized a special book-reading event. During this overnight proceeding, students spent 12 hours in tents installed inside the [...]