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your only limitation is imagination, not equipment. by Bruce Barnbaum


Too expensive to buy the foreign book and magazine in Korea.

I’m trying to learn photography so I found the book which I could learn many things about the photography.

I prefer to read books from my e-ink Kindle and nowadays I almost read all the books from it. But this book has many photos which I think it could be better read from real paper so I thought about buying one.

But I can’t afford it.

Korean bookstore sell this book for 45,300 to 49,530 won which about 43 to 43.81 us dollars. And meanwhile sell this book for $25.08, $12.39 for kindle edition and start from $17.98 in used book.

screenshot of’s The Art of Photography book page and Daum book cost comparing website

I am not just big fan of open source software. I do things like that, too. I have written so many things in Korean language and anyone can free to read. Almost all my work include writing, speeches, videos and photos are under creative commons license. I know I don’t allow to do modification of my work and commercial uses of my work but there has so many reasons behind it which I will talk about some other day.

So I don’t like book and magazine’s price is expensive. Actually my philosophy is anyone can free to read the book and access the internet, too.

I probably can talk about other books. But why this one?

  • Not only because this book is selling top 2 and top 14 in’s some photography category. And customer rate is 4.4 out of 5 stars.

    screenshot of's The Art of Photography book product details page

    screenshot of’s The Art of Photography book product details page

  • I believe if someone is serious about the photography, this book is ‘must read’.
  • I believe this book isn’t only for photographer. It can expand to other art such as painters, movie maker and so on.
  • Nowadays, so many Koreans are doing the photography but no one knew about this book. And no one try to buy the book, it seems.
  • I have check the public libraries but I couldn’t find the book.
  • This is reason Korean’s art is far behind, I believe.



Other example, Black+White photography magazine subscription cost.

screenshot of Black+White Photography magazine subscription web page and Korean’s website which they sell the magazine subscription

Black+White Photography magazine offer one year subscription for 51 pounds (around 86,744 won) to UK and 64.26 pounds (around 109,242 won) to any other country. And Korean companies offer one year subscription for 231,600 won (around 136.23 pounds) and 246,000 won(around 144.70 pounds).

I know I can order directly from their website and I can buy the magazine from smartphone such as iPhone and Android phone. But Koreans can’t easily do that. So they will never find easy way to improve their photography.

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book review: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

book review:
To Kill a MockingbirdTo Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I thought this time which is my fourth or fifth time reading would be my last time to read ‘To kill a mockingbird’ because I really want to watch the film which is in the IMDB top 250 list and I am trying to watch all the IMDB top 250 list’s movie.

But I think it will never happen. Because I’d like to read it again.

Of course, I can watch the film and read it again. But I don’t want to spoil my imagination.

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book review: Holes by Louis Sachar via

Holes (Holes, #1)Holes by Louis Sachar

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is a very interesting story.
But why am I put the 3 out of 5 star? Because story was so good until the epilogue (or before that) which was typical Hollywood happy ending. I felt it wasn’t creative at all.
And I felt that epilogue destroy all my good feeling about the story.

And this is story for children and young adults so what children and young adults will learn from the book?
They will learn that Hollywood fairy tale was real life thing.

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