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Local readers react to Ahn Cheol-soo's new book
By Shim Sun-ah
SEOUL, July 20 (Yonhap) -- A new book published this week by Ahn Cheol-soo, a software entrepreneur-turned-professor, is creating a stir in the local book market.

   The book's title, which translates as "Ahn Cheol-soo's Thoughts," has set new sales records at on- and off-line bookstores on the first day of its release, bookstores said Friday.

   Written in the form of an interview with the former software mogul and a journalist-turned-professor, the book contains Ahn's views on major social and political issues and vision for a better society. The release has been considered the strongest indication yet of his presidential ambitions.


Kyobo Bookstore, the country's largest bookstore in central Seoul, said the book sold 7,500 copies on Thursday, the first day of sales, setting a new record for first-day sales.
The amount is more than double the number of the 3,500 copies sold for the Korean translation of "Steve Jobs," the authorized biography of the late co-founder of Apple Inc., on its first day on the market last October, according to Kyobo.

   On Friday, the second day of publication, Ahn's book will likely break the Steve Jobs biography's record of 10,000 copies sold in 24 hours, the bookstore said.
Yes 24, one of the nation's largest online booksellers, said the new book already broke its 24-hour sales record, selling more than 10,000 copies from Thursday noon until 10 a.m. Friday. The previous record was 7,500, set by the Steve Jobs biography for its first 24 hours on sale.

   "Ahn Cheol-soo's book, in particular, sold 26 copies per minute during the morning rush hour," said an Yes 24 official. "No book has ever sold at this pace."

   The 50-year-old Ahn is widely viewed as a potential opposition contender who would pose a serious challenge to the ruling party's front-runner Park Geun-hye in December's presidential election.
The book's publisher, Gimm-Young Publishers Inc., is now preparing to print a second edition of the book, expecting the 40,000 copies printed in the first edition to be sold out in three to four days.

   "We will begin printing the second edition as soon as conditions are ready," a marketing official of the publisher said.