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Old 05-11-2011, 05:01 PM   #1
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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...
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Old 05-11-2011, 11:07 PM   #2
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Re: Bad news for Aikido book fans...


~Look into the eyes of your opponent & steal his spirit.
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Old 05-12-2011, 12:03 AM   #3
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Re: Bad news for Aikido book fans...

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

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Old 05-12-2011, 01:08 AM   #4
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Re: Bad news for Aikido book fans...

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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.

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Old 05-12-2011, 02:42 AM   #5
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Re: Bad news for Aikido book fans...

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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.
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Old 05-12-2011, 09:07 AM   #6
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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...

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Old 05-12-2011, 11:09 AM   #7
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They really were my favorite Aikido book company. Their bindings were very nice. Sad.

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Old 05-12-2011, 04:56 PM   #8
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Bad news...please tell me they published Aikido: My Spiritual Journey by Gozo Shioda on the first of this month.
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Old 05-12-2011, 05:15 PM   #9
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Bad news...please tell me they published Aikido: My Spiritual Journey by Gozo Shioda on the first of this month.
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...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.

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Old 05-12-2011, 05:35 PM   #10
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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.
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Old 05-12-2011, 10:01 PM   #11
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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.
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.
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Old 05-13-2011, 04:32 AM   #12
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Re: Bad news for Aikido book fans...

Sad to hear another calls it quit.

Grateful for all they have done.

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Old 07-29-2011, 08:31 PM   #13
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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.
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Old 07-29-2011, 08:35 PM   #14
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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.
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Old 07-31-2011, 12:46 PM   #15
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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.
None that I have seen... I'll post here if I hear anything.
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Old 08-02-2011, 08:27 AM   #16
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None that I have seen... I'll post here if I hear anything.
Thank you.

Such a shame.
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Old 08-02-2011, 10:43 AM   #17
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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??
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Old 11-01-2011, 08:16 AM   #18
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Is this book still languishing, unpublished?
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Old 11-01-2011, 10:08 AM   #19
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Re: Bad news for Aikido book fans...

Looks like this is available from Lulu.

http://www.lulu.com/product/hardcove...urney/15733066
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Old 11-01-2011, 01:49 PM   #20
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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.
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Old 11-01-2011, 02:18 PM   #21
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Thanks, guys.

Rabih: can you keep us updated about whether it arrives, please?
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Old 11-01-2011, 05:12 PM   #22
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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.

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Old 11-02-2011, 08:23 AM   #23
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looks like it's sold out there now as well.
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Old 11-11-2011, 11:16 AM   #24
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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?
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Old 11-11-2011, 11:50 AM   #25
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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?
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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