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crbateman 05-11-2011 05:01 PM

Bad news for Aikido book fans...
 
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 05-11-2011 11:07 PM

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:(

CitoMaramba 05-12-2011 12:03 AM

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More info here:
http://search.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-b...0110304a1.html

Chris Li 05-12-2011 01:08 AM

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Clark Bateman wrote: (Post 283598)
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 02:42 AM

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Christopher Li wrote: (Post 283616)
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 09:07 AM

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Clark Bateman wrote: (Post 283624)
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 11:09 AM

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They really were my favorite Aikido book company. Their bindings were very nice. Sad.

Gorgeous George 05-12-2011 04:56 PM

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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 05:15 PM

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Graham Jenkins wrote: (Post 283688)
Bad news...please tell me they published Aikido: My Spiritual Journey by Gozo Shioda on the first of this month.

Quote:

Clark Bateman wrote:
...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 05:35 PM

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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 10:01 PM

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Graham Jenkins wrote: (Post 283693)
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 04:32 AM

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Sad to hear another calls it quit.

Grateful for all they have done.

Gorgeous George 07-29-2011 08:31 PM

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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 08:35 PM

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Christopher Li wrote: (Post 283616)
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 12:46 PM

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Graham Jenkins wrote: (Post 289068)
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 08:27 AM

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Clark Bateman wrote: (Post 289149)
None that I have seen... I'll post here if I hear anything.

Thank you.

Such a shame.

crbateman 08-02-2011 10:43 AM

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Graham Jenkins wrote: (Post 289277)
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 08:16 AM

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Is this book still languishing, unpublished?

jbblack 11-01-2011 10:08 AM

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Looks like this is available from Lulu.

http://www.lulu.com/product/hardcove...urney/15733066

Rabih Shanshiry 11-01-2011 01:49 PM

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Jeff Black wrote: (Post 295720)
Looks like this is available from Lulu.

http://www.lulu.com/product/hardcove...urney/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 02:18 PM

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Thanks, guys.

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

MM 11-01-2011 05:12 PM

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Rabih Shanshiry wrote: (Post 295737)
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 08:23 AM

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looks like it's sold out there now as well.

Rabih Shanshiry 11-11-2011 11:16 AM

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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 11:50 AM

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Rabih Shanshiry wrote: (Post 296572)
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.


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