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Sales of survival handbooks increase after ferry disaster
APRIL 25, 2014 00:54  
With the sinking of ferry Sewol, a sentiment that 밒 should take care of my own safety is spreading among the public.

The sales of books about survival techniques are increasing while more and more people share information about 밾ow to survive accidents online.

Yes 24, one of the major online booksellers in Korea, compared the sales of six books about how to survive disasters and accidents for one week before and after the Sewol accident, and found that the sales increased 120 percent after the accident. While the number of the books sold for one week before the accident was merely seven, the number increased to 92 after the accident. During the same period, the sales of 밪urvival Techniques increased three times at Kyobo Book Center, one of the largest bookstores in Korea.

The six books analyzed includes 밪urvival Techniques, 밐ow the Survive the End of the World as We Know It, 밫he Worst Case Scenario - Book of Survival Questions, 밫he SAS Survival Handbook, 밯hen All Hell Breaks Loose: Stuff You Need to Survive When Disaster Strikes, and 밐ow to Survive Almost All Disasters. Choi Seong-ryeol, a marketing manager of Yes 24, said, 밅learly, an increasing number of people want to have a survival-related book at home after the Sewol accident.

Publishers expect this kind of trend will expand more in Korean society. Prunsoop, a Korean publisher of 밪urvival Techniques, plans to launch an easy-to-carry version of survival-related books including 밪urvival Techniques in paperback soon for students.

Postings like 밒 want to know how to survive a sinking ship or bus crash are often witnessed online. And comments such as 밃lways take a flashlight when go on a trip, and 밒f a ship is sinking, you should come out of the cabin, stay at the top as long as you can and jump into water at the last minute. If you fall into water too early, your body temperature will fall, are followed.

Kim Hye-sook, a professor of Psychology Department at Ajou University, said, 밫he Korean people are enormously shocked and their distrust of the government has risen The government should suggest detailed measures to ease people anxiety over safety.

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