Own a Kindle, eBook reader or an iPad? Korean eBooks are an awesome way to develop your language skills and are much more convenient than paper books.
In the digital age, most of us are changing the way we learn. Although many people still prefer the look and feel of physical books (hey, we love them too), you can’t get more convenient than an entire library in your back pocket.
There are a LOT of excellent eBooks out there to help you learn Korean, so we’ve summarised ten of our favourites you need to add to your collection.
Why eBooks Are Great for Learning Korean
Printed books are bulky and difficult to carry.
Can you remember back to High School when you had to carry what seemed like hundreds of books around every day?
One of the significant advantages of an eBook is that it takes up literally no space at all.
And don’t get me started on bookstores. Nothing frustrates me more than going to the store to find the title I was looking for is out of stock. This simply doesn’t happen with online eBook retailers such as Amazon.
Here’s the thing. Depending on your device (I couldn’t live without my Kindle), your eBook reader can hold thousands and thousands of eBooks.
Some Kindles can hold up to 3,000 eBooks, and that’s not including any stored in the cloud which you can access at any time, anywhere!
Because they are sleek and compact, studying is super simple, wherever you are! On a crowded train or squished in the middle seat on a plane? Whip out your Kindle for some fuss-free study hours.
And because you have your entire library with you everywhere you go, you’ll never be caught off guard wishing you had your textbook on you.
Oh and one of the most significant advantages for language learners is the ability to add bookmarks, highlights and notes for you to come back to later.
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Where Can You Download Korean eBooks?
Amazon. Perhaps you’ve heard of it?
Amazon is by far the largest retailer of eBooks. If you have a Kindle, the integration with the Kindle store makes it super easy and painless to purchase new books, access your Kindle library, or even share Kindle eBooks with other users. Amazing!
But if for some reason you prefer to purchase your Korean eBooks elsewhere, try Kobo or Books on Google Play, both of which boast a vast library and easy purchasing.
Our Top Ten List of Korean eBooks
Let’s dive in to take a look at the top ten eBooks you can use to immediately boost your Korean language skills.
1. Korean Stories for Language Learners: Traditional Folktales in Korean and English
Read this: If you want a break from stuffy textbooks and are looking to understand more about the Korean culture
This beautiful book features 42 Korean folktales, written in both Korean and English, enabling you to see a direct translation, side-by-side with the original version.
The illustrations are super cute, which makes it a real pleasure to read.
What’s more, if you’re looking to understand a bit more about Korean culture, this eBook is an invaluable resource that will really help you get a deeper understanding of life in Korea.
This eBook is suitable for beginner to intermediate Korean language learners, but you should at least have an understanding of hangul before picking this up.
The ebook starts off with simple Korean folk tales, but as you move through the book, it builds upon previous vocabulary and increases in difficulty as you get more comfortable with the language.
It also includes detailed cultural insights as well as extra notes to help you to understand the stories, and boost your language skills!
As an added bonus, the book comes with access to mp3 audio files which are a pleasure to listen to. I used to listen in the early evening just before bed to get some final minutes of practice in, before calling it a day!
2. Let’s Speak Korean (With Audio): Learn Over 1,400+ Expressions Quickly and Easily With Pronunciation & Grammar Guide Marks – Just Listen, Repeat, and Learn!
Read this: If you’re a beginner learner struggling with grammar and sentence structure.
This eBook is a best seller for a reason!
Firstly, it is broken up into nice digestible chunks (21 in total) which cover all aspects of daily life, including school, weather, shopping and ordering at restaurants.
For that reason, this book is PERFECT for keeping on your Kindle, as you can quickly pull it out in times of need and look up exactly what you need to say.
It’s also written with the beginner in mind, so if you’re completely new, this book is a wise investment.
One of the features we love is the fact they go out of their way to help you understand Korean grammar and sentence structure.
They do this by underlining, or marking specific parts of a sentence, using the same underline pattern in the corresponding English translation. This helps you to visually see which part of the sentence relates to what.
Another impressive feature is the mp3 downloads included with the book. In these audio lessons, phrases are repeated 4 times, twice slowly and twice at average speed so you can absorb key phrases much more comfortably.
As the book suggests, listen, repeat and learn! This is a fantastic technique in building your conversational Korean.
3. Korean Made Simple: A Beginner’s Guide to Learning the Korean Language
Read this: to get a basic introduction to Korean in a fun and friendly format
We are a big fan of Go! Billy Korean.
Perhaps you’ve read some of our other reviews, and why we think they are a fantastic tool for the Korean language learner.
This eBook is a digital version of their bestselling textbook, with the added benefit of it being easy to take with you, wherever you and your Kindle go!
The eBook is broken up into 20 lessons, covering everything from culture, history and the Korean alphabet (hangul).
As the name suggests, this is a beginner-friendly eBook. Still, you’ll notice there are some more advanced notes scattered through the book for those at an intermediate level, looking for a refresher on some of the basic grammar rules.
And if you already have a basic understanding of Korean, Go Billy also publish their other textbooks in Kindle format. (Check them out here!)
If you’re a person who struggles to stay focused and concentrate on textbooks, this eBook is fantastic for grabbing your attention, as it’s easy and fun to read.
Go Billy has mp3 downloads available via their website, which contains conversations to help you practice with your listening skills.
We love the way Billy makes you feel like he is your best friend teaching you as you go through this book, which makes it a real pleasure to study!
4. Korean From Zero! 1: Master the Korean Language and Hangul Writing System with Integrated Workbook and Online Course
Read this: If you’re a fan of the Korean From Zero YouTube channel
If you’re a big YouTube user like me, you’ll more than likely have come across Korean From Zero’s YouTube channel.
George (the host) is a fluent Japanese speaker who is incredibly popular in the Japanese language learning community, through his unique and eye-catching materials. This success inspired him to move across into teaching Korean.
If you’re a big fan of Korean culture, such as Kpop and Kdrama, we think you’ll especially enjoy this eBook.
If you find hangul pretty tricky, especially to write, this book will help you learn the basics, including stroke order.
Oh and talking of hangul, make sure you learn that first (which we would always advise before picking up any book!)
You can head over to the Kindle store to download this book to your device so you can start learning right away.
5. Learn to Read Korean in 60 Minutes: The Ultimate Crash Course to Learning Hangul Through Psychological Associations
Read this: If you don’t have much time and want to focus on learning hangul.
If you’re short on time, how about learning to read Korean in 60 minutes?
It’s a big claim, and honestly, we think you would have to be superhuman to fully learn how to read Korean in just 1 hour. But the goal of this eBook from 90 Day Korean is to help you understand very basic phrases.
If you’re someone who struggles to stay focused, this eBook is perfect for you.
Each lesson is broken up into short 5-10 minute sessions, enabling you to get in short bursts of practice throughout the day.
And although learning hangul in 60 minutes maybe a bit of a stretch, 90 Day Korean claim that 90 minutes is entirely achievable.
By the way, read all the way to the end to find out how you can download a completely free Korean pdf book from 90 Day Korean, that will help you to learn hangul extremely quickly.
6. Korean Slang: As Much as a Rat’s Tail: Learn Korean Language and Culture through Slang, Invective and Euphemism
Read this: For a light-hearted and sometimes rude insight to daily Korean.
Who said learning a language couldn’t be fun?
If you want to learn how to speak everyday Korean, you need to understand slang and commonly used phrases you simply won’t find in other textbooks.
If your goal is to speak like a local, this is, without doubt, the best eBook out there.
Maybe you have a Korean partner or friends in Korea? The lessons taught in this book will help you to impress them by learning the unique lingo used in text messaging. Think “LOL” but in Korean.
Now we are gonna be honest, this is an eBook to pick up once you’re reasonably comfortable with the language. And it’s definitely not phrases you want to use in front of your teacher or your Mother!
The author is actually a Westerner who has lived and taught in Korea for the past 20 years, so he is in a fantastic position to teach you the language the kids are using (quite literally).
The ebook is centred around various colourful characters who will put into practice the words and phrases you have been taught in extremely funny (and sometimes rude) role-play scenarios.
If you’re fed up of stuffy and dull textbooks, you NEED to download this to your Kindle.
7. 500 Basic Korean Verbs: The Only Comprehensive Guide to Conjugation and Usage
Read this: When you need to quickly lookup that word you can’t remember!
This book claims to be the only guide to Korean verbs you need on your Kindle, and we agree!
Keep this in your Kindle to use in emergencies when your memory fails you, or when you just can’t think of that word that’s on the tip of your tongue.
We’ve spoken about the 80/20 rule a lot before, but if it’s something you’re not familiar with, it basically states that 80% of the reward comes with 20% of the effort.
For language learners, this means by focusing on only the most commonly used words and phrases. This way, you can learn to speak much quicker by cutting out the fluff you won’t use on a day to day basis.
This eBook is obviously not designed to teach you in a strict format like other textbooks on this list. Instead, it works incredibly well as a phrasebook you can keep in your back pocket ready to pull out when you’re stuck.
And one of the benefits of owning the eBook is that you can quickly search the digital copy for the exact word you are looking for. Much quicker than flicking through pages and pages of a book trying to track down that elusive verb!
8. Integrated Korean: Beginning 1
Read this: If you’re teaching yourself how to speak Korean
This book also featured in our article for the best Korean textbooks for beginners, but the eBook version is equally as useful for the beginner language learner.
If you’re learning to speak Korean on your own, without a tutor, this eBook is a perfect choice.
We are big fans of language immersion (also known as jumping in at the deep-end!) and one of the benefits of this book is that it doesn’t use any romanization.
This means it will push you out of your comfort zone right away, and that’s where we all do out best work!
Once again, to really get the most out of this eBook before you download it, take some time to recap hangul. This process of learning the alphabet can be done really quickly, so you have no excuse!
If you’re serious about language learning, this is a dependable resource to teach yourself efficiently.
By adding this to your Kindle, you can spend otherwise idle time reading your textbooks and getting in as much practice as possible.
9. Beautiful Short Stories in English and Korean – Bilingual / Dual Language Picture Book for Beginners
Read this: To spice up your language learning routine
If you’re looking for a beautiful and unique book in Korean, this may be it.
When learning a language, we find it’s essential to mix up your routine to prevent burnout. We know what that feels like, and sometimes it’s a struggle to keep motivated.
What this eBook does beautifully is teaching you Korean through the telling of 11 wonderful short stories, each with unique illustrations.
Each story is incredibly engaging and will help you to practice basic sentence structure. If you have young children, you can even practice reading and speaking, by reading aloud.
Pick this up if you need a break from the textbooks!
10. Korean Picture Dictionary: Learn 1,500 Korean Words and Phrases
Read this: If you’re a person who needs visual stimulation
Last but by no means least is one for the visual learners.
I first found this book scrolling through Amazon, and judging by the positive reviews I knew I had to download it right away.
This eBook is one for all ages, from 5 – 100, and perfect to use if you’re planning to take the TOPIK exams.
The guide is set out neatly in themed sections which you can quickly flick through to get the low-down on some of the most popular vocabularies.
Oh, and there is a completely free audio soundtrack to download from their website!
Add this to your Kindle library so you can quickly track down the word you simply can’t remember.
Can I Get Korean eBooks for Free?
There’s no such thing as a free lunch, right?
Well, sometimes, there is!
While all of the eBooks on our list are definitely worth the money (most are the equivalent of a cup or two of coffee), there are some great free resources out there.
One of our favourites is from 90 Day Korean. By heading over and signing up to take their 90-minute challenge, they’ll send you a completely free PDF cheat sheet you can add to your Kindle, to help you learn hangul in just 90 minutes.
Have you got what it takes? If you decide to take part, let us know how you got on!