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BTS' BEYOND THE STORY becomes 1st Korean book to top New York Times bestseller lists

Jul 26, 2023
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This week's best selling "hardcover nonfiction" and "combined print & e-book nonfiction"


K-pop giant BTS' first official book, Beyond the Story: 10-year Record of BTS, has topped New York Times bestseller lists. 


According to the lists released by the U.S. newspaper Wednesday (U.S. time), the English version of the book shot to the top of this week's bestseller lists for "hardcover nonfiction" books and "combined print & e-book nonfiction" books.


The book was published on July 9 in 23 different languages, including Korean, English and Japanese, to commemorate the group's 10th anniversary. It marks the first time that a book by a Korean author has topped the lists, according to the band's agency, BigHit Music.



The cover image of BTS' first official book, titled "Beyond the Story: 10-year Record of BTS," provided by BigHit Music (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap) 



Beyond the Story is a collection of photos, essays and interviews that tell the story of BTS' 10-year journey to become the global pop icon. The book also includes exclusive content, such as never-before-seen photos and videos. It was co-written by Kang Myeong-seok, a Korean pop culture critic who interviewed the group, and BTS. The release date, July 9, is the birthday of the band's passionate fan base, ARMY.


The book has been a huge success worldwide, topping Amazon's bestseller lists in the United States, Britain, Brazil, Australia and Japan, as well as various weekly bestseller lists of South Korea's online bookstores, such as Yes24, Kyobo and Aladdin.



"We have received offers to publish it in languages other than the 23," a BigHit Music official said on condition of anonymity. "So, we're considering translating it into other languages."



By Shim Sun-ah

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