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crbateman
05-11-2011, 06:01 PM
Just discovered that Kodansha International, who have been a prolific publisher of Aikido (and other MA) books, has ceased operations permanently. Some of their existing publications will continue under their former affiliate brand, Kodansha America, but there will be no new products, and those titles still "in the pipe" (like the much-anticipated Shioda title, "Aikido: My Spiritual Journey") have been cancelled. I'll post more info as I get it...

ninjaqutie
05-12-2011, 12:07 AM
:(

CitoMaramba
05-12-2011, 01:03 AM
More info here:
http://search.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/nn20110304a1.html

Chris Li
05-12-2011, 02:08 AM
Just discovered that Kodansha International, who have been a prolific publisher of Aikido (and other MA) books, has ceased operations permanently. Some of their existing publications will continue under their former affiliate brand, Kodansha America, but there will be no new products, and those titles still "in the pipe" (like the much-anticipated Shioda title, "Aikido: My Spiritual Journey") have been cancelled. I'll post more info as I get it...

Sad but true. I actually had a project in the pipeline when it happened.

Best,

Chris

crbateman
05-12-2011, 03:42 AM
Sad but true. I actually had a project in the pipeline when it happened.

Don't give up on it... We'd still like to see it, and there are other options.

Chris Li
05-12-2011, 10:07 AM
Don't give up on it... We'd still like to see it, and there are other options.

It was actually a non-Aikido translation project with John Stevens - enough of a low profile thing that it's probably not likely to get picked up. Even his Aikido books never really made that much money, but I hope they get picked up somewhere else...

Best,

Chris

ChrisHein
05-12-2011, 12:09 PM
They really were my favorite Aikido book company. Their bindings were very nice. Sad.

Gorgeous George
05-12-2011, 05:56 PM
Bad news...please tell me they published Aikido: My Spiritual Journey by Gozo Shioda on the first of this month.

Demetrio Cereijo
05-12-2011, 06:15 PM
Bad news...please tell me they published Aikido: My Spiritual Journey by Gozo Shioda on the first of this month.

...those titles still "in the pipe" (like the much-anticipated Shioda title, "Aikido: My Spiritual Journey") have been cancelled

Shioda book has been cancelled, or so it seems.

Bad news indeed.

Gorgeous George
05-12-2011, 06:35 PM
That had a 1st May release, so i'd hoped it'd escape the cessation.
All the work that must have gone into it, and for nothing.

crbateman
05-12-2011, 11:01 PM
That had a 1st May release, so i'd hoped it'd escape the cessation.
All the work that must have gone into it, and for nothing.
The May 1 date was for the benefit of Amazon.com pre-sales, methinks. The project was actually cancelled back in December, and no galley copies had been printed. Amazon has taken down the listing. Still, if they had edited copy ready to go to print, I suppose there is a chance that the Yoshinkan group will go ahead with a different publisher. I certainly hope so.

SeiserL
05-13-2011, 05:32 AM
Sad to hear another calls it quit.

Grateful for all they have done.

Gorgeous George
07-29-2011, 09:31 PM
I don't suppose there's been any further word on that Shioda book - Aikido: My Spiritual Journey?
I was really looking forward to reading it.

hughrbeyer
07-29-2011, 09:35 PM
Sad but true. I actually had a project in the pipeline when it happened.

Think about online publishing. That channel would be a natural for a book with a small, intense, and geographically distributed market. And with print-on-demand you can still get hardcopy.

crbateman
07-31-2011, 01:46 PM
I don't suppose there's been any further word on that Shioda book - Aikido: My Spiritual Journey?
I was really looking forward to reading it.
None that I have seen... I'll post here if I hear anything.

Gorgeous George
08-02-2011, 09:27 AM
None that I have seen... I'll post here if I hear anything.

Thank you.

Such a shame.

crbateman
08-02-2011, 11:43 AM
Thank you.

Such a shame.

I have tried to contact Yoshinkan Hombu a few times on their English-language website to see if they can tell me anything, but they have yet to answer any of my messages. Anybody here with Yoshinkan ties that might fare better than I??

Gorgeous George
11-01-2011, 09:16 AM
Is this book still languishing, unpublished?

jbblack
11-01-2011, 11:08 AM
Looks like this is available from Lulu.

http://www.lulu.com/product/hardcover/aikido-my-spiritual-journey/15733066

Rabih Shanshiry
11-01-2011, 02:49 PM
Looks like this is available from Lulu.

http://www.lulu.com/product/hardcover/aikido-my-spiritual-journey/15733066

Thanks for the tip. I just ordered it. I wonder if it will actually ship. For anyone inclined to give it a try as well, coupon code HAPPYHALLOWEEN35 will save 30%. Not sure when it expires.

Gorgeous George
11-01-2011, 03:18 PM
Thanks, guys.

Rabih: can you keep us updated about whether it arrives, please?

MM
11-01-2011, 06:12 PM
Thanks for the tip. I just ordered it. I wonder if it will actually ship. For anyone inclined to give it a try as well, coupon code HAPPYHALLOWEEN35 will save 30%. Not sure when it expires.

Hey,
Hope you're doing well. I ordered the book, too. Coupon code is actually "HAPPYHALLOWEEN325". With shipping, it was about $31. Can't find the book anywhere else, though. It's listed as sold out everywhere.

Mark

chillzATL
11-02-2011, 09:23 AM
looks like it's sold out there now as well.

Rabih Shanshiry
11-11-2011, 12:16 PM
I just got notification that my order on Lulu was canceled and they will be issuing me a refund. Mark, did you have any better luck?

MM
11-11-2011, 12:50 PM
I just got notification that my order on Lulu was canceled and they will be issuing me a refund. Mark, did you have any better luck?

Yeah, mine got cancelled. It's because it wasn't a "LULU" published book, but an Ingram published book. LULU and Ingram had a partnership (not sure if it's still there) and it looks like Ingram isn't selling the book any longer but forgot to update LULU until we ordered it.

Rabih Shanshiry
11-11-2011, 12:59 PM
Too bad. I'm sure it will surface somewhere, sometime in the future.

dalen7
01-11-2012, 09:02 AM
Be 'easy' enough just to turn them into iBooks for the iPad - no reason to let stuff go by the wayside. :)

Walter Martindale
01-11-2012, 12:51 PM
Another possible solution - self publish through one of the web-based publishers, such as blurb.com. AIUI you write the book, get a couple of samples to see what it's like, make final revisions and they keep it on their website - it's printed on demand when someone orders a copy.
Blurb.com keeps some of the money for materials, printing, shipping, and a little profit, and you keep whatever's left... (well - whatever your government's tax department lets you keep).
Cheers,
W

crbateman
03-11-2012, 09:42 AM
I have thus far been unable to get a response from Yoshinkan Hombu to my numerous inquiries about this book, and whether there are plans for an alternate publisher. Does anyone have connections there? I'd sure like to get an update...

crbateman
03-13-2012, 01:10 PM
I have just received word that "Aikido: My Spiritual Journey" will at long last be published by Kodansha America! The release date is scheduled for November 2012, and the new ISBN# will be 9781568364117. I'm sure many of you are looking forward to this as much as I. (How does it feel to be as sick as I am?) :D

Gerardo Torres
03-13-2012, 02:17 PM
Be 'easy' enough just to turn them into iBooks for the iPad - no reason to let stuff go by the wayside. :)
Or make a Kindle version. Kindle has waaaay more market than iBooks, being able to play in any and all computer platforms, not just iDevices. For the past three years I've bought Kindle versions of books whenever available - it's nice to carry a whole library in my laptop.

Linda Eskin
03-17-2012, 04:54 PM
I have just received word that "Aikido: My Spiritual Journey" will at long last be published by Kodansha America! The release date is scheduled for November 2012, and the new ISBN# will be 9781568364117. I'm sure many of you are looking forward to this as much as I. (How does it feel to be as sick as I am?) :D

It feels just dandy, thank you. ;-)

Glad to hear it, and I'll keep my eyes open for it later this year.

With eBooks, iBooks, Kindle, on-demand publishing, etc., there's no reason for great books to go away forever. The only reason they used to was that the demand was so small it wasn't worth the cost to print, store, ship, and stock them. I hope many "hard to find" books will make their way into this new market, where we can all have (relatively) inexpensive and easy access to them.

Gorgeous George
03-18-2012, 03:20 PM
I have just received word that "Aikido: My Spiritual Journey" will at long last be published by Kodansha America! The release date is scheduled for November 2012, and the new ISBN# will be 9781568364117. I'm sure many of you are looking forward to this as much as I. (How does it feel to be as sick as I am?) :D

Excellent news!
Thanks for chasing this up.

Gorgeous George
07-26-2012, 09:24 AM
It's listed on Amazon:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Aikido-Spiritual-Journey-Gozo-Shioda/dp/1568364113/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1343312643&sr=1-2

dbotari
09-12-2012, 06:25 AM
All,

Good news! I have just recently heard that Aikido Jinsei - My Life in Aikido by Gozo Shioda has been published in English. The book is being published by Shindokan Books, the same publisher that put out Aikido Shugyo by Gozo Shioda a few years ago. The translation is done by Chris Johnston and Jaques Payet - the same team that did the translation for Aikido Shugyo.

For those that are interested, here is some info from the publisher's website:

"Aikido Jinsei, is the autobiography of Shioda Gozo, the founder of Yoshinkan Aikido. First published in Japan in 1985, Shioda Sensei uses this book to share his experiences, his aikido and his way of life with his readers. Aikido Jinsei is remarkable for the author's extremely candid approach. Throughout the book, Shioda Sensei openly shares his most personal experiences from his childhood, his time during the war and his training with the founder of Aikido, Ueshiba Morihei Sensei. He shares key insights about Aikido which he learned from Ueshiba Sensei and he clearly documents the events after the war which led to the establishment of the Yoshinkan and his own unique brand of Aikido.

Aikido Jinsei - along with its sister volume, Aikido Shugyo - are indispensable reading for anyone interested in the history of Aikido and the life of Shioda Gozo, one of the most dynamic martial artists of recent time. This first ever full and complete English publication includes a Foreword by the author's son, Shioda Yasuhisa Sensei, Aikido Yoshinkan Soke."

http://www.shindokanbooks.com

I have enjoyed reading the excerpts of Aikido Jinsei that are available on the web and look forward to actually reading the complete work.

Osu!,

Dan Botari

aikispike
09-12-2012, 09:04 AM
Shioda book has been cancelled, or so it seems.

Bad news indeed.

Shioda's book was published by Shindokan books - the translation is the same a the one Kodansha was going to publish.

The translator, Chris Johnston, now has two of Shioda's books. He is a friend, and this translations are great.

http://shindokanbooks.com/

Michael

crbateman
10-25-2012, 04:37 AM
Latest word is that Kodansha USA has postponed the release of "Aikido: My Spiritual Journey" from November of this year to March 2013. Amazon.com is still taking pre-orders.