- High-quality: The books are painstakingly converted to digital form, correcting mistakes in the printed versions, and updated whenever remaining typos or mistakes are found.
- Interactive: The interactive nature of the books lets Go players solve Go problems and play through moves in diagrams, enabling them to better grasp the content.
- Multilingual: The Go Books file format makes it easy to translate just the text, sharing the diagrams between all languages.
- App for iPad, iPhone, and Macintosh (Android version in the works)
- Innovative data format for interactive Go books (described at http://smartgo.com/pdf/gobookformat.pdf)
- Server to access and download books on multiple platforms
- License agreements with copyright owners
- More than 100 books published (including out-of-print editions and books exclusive to Go Books)
- Contributions from all the main English-language publishers
- Contributions from non-English publishers
- Thousands of readers from all over the world
- Very positive feedback from readers, many of whom want all their books to be presented in this format
- Website: https://gobooks.com
- Apps: Go Books for iPad, iPhone, and Macintosh
- Twitter: @gobooks
Any publisher of Go books, including self-publishing authors.
Multilingual books contain all the languages in a single book, and readers can choose which language they want to read it in. They can also choose to see two languages to brush up on their language skills.
The Go Books file format is designed to make it easy to create figures and diagrams. It’s also designed to make it easy to add additional translations.
The series “Black to Play” for beginners and intermediate players is a great example of the multilingual possibilities. The first volume dedicated to players from 30 kyu (beginners) to 25 kyu is currently available in seven different languages: English, French, Spanish, German, Italian, Dutch and Turkish. Volume 2 to 4 (from 25 kyu to 10 kyu) don’t cover the full range of languages yet, but are in the process of being added step by step. This way people from all over the world interested in Go and studying Go techniques are not only limited to books published in English or one of the Asian languages, but can rely on their own mother tongue, thus making it easier to access and appreciate the game of Go. You get all languages in one book, and you just pay once.
The Go Books file format was designed to make it easy to create multilingual Go books with figures, diagrams, and problems. It adds features like inline diagrams that allow cryptic move sequences embedded in the text to be shown as a diagram instead. This file format is work in progress, but it has already proven itself in a shipping product that includes more than hundred Go books with a total of over 55,000 figures and diagrams and 7,000 problems. The file format is described in detail at:
To obtain a copy of a book people can go to the website https://gobooks.com, choose the book they want, click and buy using their email address, and finally download the book within the free Go Books app. On iPad or iPhone, you can also use in-app purchase. If a book has been updated, e.g. to fix typos or add another language, the new version is downloaded automatically.
The images and drawings are designed to not only appeal to go players, but to capture the imagination of those unfamiliar to go and make outsiders interested in the black and white stones, the mysterious patterns of that game that they had never heard about before.
Images of artwork can be used in many ways, through many media, which makes them very useful for promotional material.
By doing so, go will receive more attention and recognition as a (board)game outside of its main target group (people who already know go or are boardgame fanatics). Art appeals to a bigger public and can create attention for Go.
My artwork can be found on www.murugandi.com and is distributed on several social media websites:
My webshop with t-shirt designs: Murugandi.spreadshirt.net
– Design of the logo for the Amsterdam Go Club
– Logo design for the European Youth Go Championships 2015
– Portrait of professional go player Lee Dahyu
– Portrait of Dutch go player Zeno van Ditzhuijzen for the bulletin of the Dutch Go Association
– Cover design for the first edition of the Deutsche Go Zeitung of 2015
– Shirt and coupon designs for BadukMovies.com
– Design of the flyer of the 2015 Amsterdam International Go Tournament
I am currently working on a series of go-animal drawings for Korean television channel BadukTV, which will be used to teach children how to play go.
Go related drawings by illustrator Kim Ouweleen have been published in/as magazines, books, flyers and clothing, as well as used for logos and as promotional material on the internet.
Since I am meticulous in my perfectionism, I usually spend a good few hours on the computer editing away minor errors to get it exactly the way it needs to be.
Apart from artwork related to go, I have had illustration-jobs for Dutch magazines, wedding gifts and personal commissions.
In the future I plan to illustrate go proverbs and sayings, as well as continue to work on logos for go projects. Another long-term goal of mine is to create more shirts and clothing with go-themes. Some can already be found in my webshop Murugandi.spreadshirt.net. My main goal is to make go accessible through art and inspire people to look into a game that is new for them.
[Ata and Ri in the Realms of the Stones]
– Create a new contact/entry point to Go via a complete new channel (children book).
– Teach rules of Atari Go in attractive and active way for children (and accompanying adults)
– Increase familiarity and knowledge about the basics of Go with children
– Enable teacher and other adults to play Atari Go with children having no pre-knowledge,
– Reduce fear and reservation of contact of people having no knowledge about Go
– Avoid any complexity of the game, but facilitate self study and to stimulate the joy of discovery of children
– Adults having or working with children
– People with no knowledge about Go at all.
– Any Go enthusiast working with children
Important: People happy to read books to children
Accessory parts: work book, special 9×9 boards and sets, real shells collected from the beach…
April 2014 contracting illustrator and graphic designer
August 2014 contracting printing company
28 October 2014 publishing („go live“)
– book is available in online shops and can be ordered in any book store using ISBN.
– Reading/workshop in primary schools (by author and primary school teacher)
– Reading/workshop in kindergarden by different people
– Public reading with children in book stores (by authors)
– Reading & playing on game fairs in Munich and Stuttgart
– Scheduled readings with children (after school groups) in libraries (by authors)
– Reading/workshop in primary school by primary school teacher without Go knowledge
– First work book published and distributed to interested target group (mainly teachers, parents…)
– Very very positive and stimulating feedback from children.
– Very positive feedback from parents and teachers (including Korean family living in Germany).
– Loads of nice pictures with children playing Atari go.
– No training sessions needed for teachers to promote Atari Go in schools
Support: Lars and Steffi for graphic design and text consultancy
Publishing: Gunnar with his publishing company
… growing number of sessions with children reading the book and playing Atari Go
… growing number of school teachers incorporating the book and concept in their work
– Continuous promotion through contact session
– Creation of additional work books for primary school focusing on specific subjects like German, mathematics, English making use of the children book as a basis to support teachers in school
– Second volume, where Ata and Ri meet the stones again and learn about fencing territory
– Financial support/budget could be used in different ways:
– new illustration for the ancillary work books
– for advertisement, e.g. in magazines focusing on children education, teachers and parents
– for advertisement in book shops
– for a dedicated website/app to bring children together who have read the book and want to play together
– Future: maybe translation into other language.
Reading our books will probably not improve your Go level, but it will motivate you to think about learning Go seriously, especially if you have never played Go before.
Most of the books are also available on the internet, for example a book about Go and business or a book aboutWW2, Hitler and Stalin.
Possibilities to copy this project
Special design 9×9 Go set (go-ban and bowls with stones), particularly suitable for attracting new players at fairs or similar events. The set is completed by a 32 pages booklet with cartoon instructions by Andreas Fecke.
See the letter of Mr. Rittel for more information.
1) A plastic folder of 128×128 mm, used for wrapping CD and easily found in computer shops,
2) A 9×9 goban with 13×13 mm cells, thus sizing 12×12 cm, printed on a vinylic paper,
3) Two sets of self adhesing dots, 12 mm diameter, black and white, sold in stationery shops,
4) An elementary explanation of the game printed on a 12×12 cm paper. These sets can be distrubuted freely by clubs or by commercial firms with an advertisement on the back of the Go ban.
Dimensions: box 220x240x60 mm; board 450×424 mm; stones 21.5×8 mm. Weight: 1300 g
The main goal is to promote Go by selling this set for people not yet playing Go.
Most of already sold sets was ordered by Internet and sent by mail, especially before Christmas, so the goal to sell this set for non Go players was achieved.
This set is small enough to be easily put on the shelf in home or shop, and also fit in backpack easily, what is very important especially for young people. It’s also ideal as a gift. The weight of this set is low, but still weight of stones are very good even for tournament games, and that was successfully tested during European Youth Go Championships in Ustron and Warsaw International Go Tournament. Customers’ opinions about this set are very good. This set has “European” look, quite different from already known Japanese Go sets. It attracts customers because of its look, size, and description of the game. We think, that beside popularising game among publicity, there can be also achieved some financial profit, which can be used by national federations to promote the game of Go. As an example: cost of this set in Poland from producer in bigger orders is about 13.5 Euro, price for single sets is about 16 Euro, with postal costs – 19 Euro, and price in big shop in Warsaw (Piatnik Centrum) is about 21 Euro.
Financial resources: Total cost of production this set and CD (without preparation costs):
1000 pcs – 12.5 Euro
500 pcs – 14 Euro
200 pcs – 16.5 Euro
this is net cost without VAT and other taxes and it can change no more than 10%.
Possibilities to copy this project
We can provide fully localized national version in 30 days in case of 500 pcs order. For bigger orders this time can be extended to 60 days. Although we have ready product, there is also possibility of some minor changes.
Results: uncertain untill now