Our Go book shop is now open – Your chance to win a free Go book

You can now buy Go books from Go Game Guru.

We’ve been working on this for months now, so I’m excited to finally be telling you that our Go shop is open for business!

If you’ve been waiting to buy Go books, then wait no longer. Head on over to the shop and see what we’ve got in stock.

Many readers will remember that we trialed a book shop for a short time earlier this year. I wrote about why we’re opening a Go book shop back then, and our goals haven’t changed in the meantime.

Now that we’ve finished organizing everything so that the shop can run smoothly, we intend that it will be here to stay.

Faster, easier, affordable Go books

We want to make it faster, easier and more affordable for everyone around the world to buy and enjoy go books. That’s why we provide an easy to use online checkout, worldwide shipping options and post all valid orders on the next business day.

If you have any questions about the shop, please leave a comment below. You can also read our new frequently asked questions page.

If the shop does well, we’ll work to expand the range of products and drive down shipping costs for everyone.

Enter our competition and you could win a free Go book

To celebrate the opening, we’re giving away some free books. If you win, you’ll be able to choose any Go book you like from our current range, and we’ll send it to you absolutely free of charge.

And if you subscribe to our free newsletter, don’t forget to check your email for some other exciting news.

[Update: The competition has ended, see who won the Go books. You can have a look at our recommended Go books here.]

About David Ormerod

David is a Go enthusiast who’s played the game for more than a decade. He likes learning, teaching, playing and writing about the game Go. He's taught thousands of people to play Go, both online and in person at schools, public Go demonstrations and Go clubs. David is a 5 dan amateur Go player who competed in the World Amateur Go Championships prior to starting Go Game Guru. He's also the editor of Go Game Guru.

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  1. Brandon Matt says:


    Again, let me say this is a great website!! I’m excited about Go Bookstore finally being open once again. Now I just need to gather some money! (maybe my wife will be generous… pssh!)

    I’ve shared the Link on my Facebook page, and clicked the link to complete, but when I added my name and email to the listing, it gave me a Page unknown 404 error. I’m gonna try it again and hope it works.

    • Brandon Matt says:

      Okay, never mind!! I went and re-submitted my information, and it said I had to confirm the email! So, All is well.

      • Yep, I had the same problem, and it worked in the end for me too.

        Glad the bookstore is open again. I’ve got my eyes on some of them, so if I don’t win them… >,<

    • David Ormerod says:

      Thanks for letting me know, I’ve fixed it now. If this happened to you your entry was still successful, it just didn’t send you to the right page afterwards…

  2. Hey,
    I don’t actually see the point to sell books that are 10-20 years old. I mean you can find these books on every go shop web site.
    I understand that there are not so many new books in english but still there are lots of new interesting korean books including go problems. (some of them translated in english).

    • David Ormerod says:

      Well isn’t that like saying “what’s the point of playing a game that’s thousands of years old?” It’ll be a sad day when Go books written 10-20 years ago aren’t valuable anymore.

      Why would a book written 20 years ago not still be useful today? I still read Go books that are based on things first written in China or Japan hundreds of years ago, and I still find them useful. Because Go is still the same game…

      We do plan to stock some of the new Korean books you’re referring to, we just can’t do everything at once. And while Go books might be easy to get hold of where you live, that’s not the case in many parts of the world. I know because lots of readers have emailed and told me that. Maybe you’re just lucky.

      • Brandon Matt says:

        People still read about Shusaku’s games and study them religiously, even though the games are still over a hundred years old. 20 years for a Go book doesn’t seem that bad….

    • Here is another Daniel. People like to read new books and know more about something new what professional players have done recently. But for amature players, we can learn from almost every single go books even you have read it a lot of times

  3. Larry’s Go Book wish list.

    Learning from the Masters Vol 1 Cobb, William S.
    Learning from the Masters Vol 2 Cobb, William S.
    The ABC of Go Havilland, W. A. de
    A Go Primer (amazon) Rosenthal, Gilbert
    How to Destroy and Preserve YANG Yilun
    Sabaki: How to Manage Weak Stones YANG Yilun

    287 out of 294 Go books in english. I’m still looking for those last 7.

    ( I did not include the three listed to be published in 2012, lol)
    Now if I only understood them better…

    • David Ormerod says:

      Wow, sounds like an impressive collection! 🙂

      One of the things I’ve been thinking about is adding the ability for readers to leave reviews on the product page for each book. It would be similar to these comments but maybe have star ratings and some other things as well.

      What do you think about that idea?

      • Byung Soo Lee says:

        It might be even better if reviewers could indicate
        1) Their level when they started reading the book
        2) Whether they finished reading the book or not
        3) How strong they got when they finished reading the book

        No one doubts that books help, but I do not think that anyone has systematically quantified how much they help the average reader. This might be a cool project if you could sell enough books. You could motivate the reviewers by giving a 1% discount (or maybe just imaginary gold stars) on the next book they buy.

        • David Ormerod says:

          Thanks for the good ideas! We could definitely include something like that.

          A discount for reviewers, or something similar would be possible, but we also need a way to make sure people provide good quality reviews, instead of just writing one sentence to get a discount. Because we want the reviews to be helpful and objective. I’ll think about it some more and I’m happy to hear other people’s ideas too.

      • I think Mr Lee is correct. I have read most of them and I seem to be stuck around 3k. I could discribe books I like, but I’m probably not an athority on which are the best books.

        • David Ormerod says:

          Also, at higher levels it gets very hard to quantify the amount of improvement related to a particular book or idea you’re learning. It’s more the case that you read a lot of things, play and review games, and improve slowly.

          I do remember though that from about 20 kyu to 5 kyu, it seemed possible to improve by 2 stones relatively quickly just by working through a book. Tesuji and Attack and Defense were two books that were like that for me.

          Fundamental Principles of Go is another one that has a reputation for helping people get unstuck. However, people seem to either really like it or really dislike it, because it doesn’t go into any specific topic in great depth. I’m in the camp that likes it.

  4. Doesnt kisedo offer free shipping and 10% off english books?

    • Keseido offers some great deals. I’m kinda worried with Richard gone tho. I was waiting on three diffrent books that were to be published next year. Two were to be writen by Richard, :((( We are going to miss him a lot.

    • David Ormerod says:

      I think that’s a short term offer and from what I’ve heard the shipping offer still depends on where you’re shipping to.

      I said this above, but we definitely intend to stock a much wider variety of books from different publishers if things go well.

      We just don’t want to invest all our money in Go books, when we don’t know yet whether people will even buy them. That’s why we’re starting small.

      • At least when I tried to buy to kiseido a year ago, to my country the shipping costs where 30% of the costs of the books, something that i thought that was just too much, So I think that the prices aren’t expensive here.
        And I wish you very good luck David, and keep doing well with this blog =).

  5. I was trying to see what where your shipping costs and i didn’t understand too well how it works, because if I buy 6 books the shipping costs are like US$33, but if I buy 7 the shipping costs are $81

    • David Ormerod says:

      The shopping cart tries to find the closest copy of each book to you, in order to make it as cheap as possible. It calculates the postage costs from that location and gets an accurate quote for you, based on the weight and dimensions of each book. Sometimes it will send it from further away if another postal service has a better price.

      It could be that you’ve gone over some weight limit and the only postal option above that is more expensive. Some postal services don’t offer linear fees. I know, for example, Australia Post has some crazy fee structures where things can actually get more expensive as you send more, so it’s cheaper to send things in individual packages in some situations.

      Another possibility is that one of the books you wanted to order is out of stock in one of our warehouses and has to be sent from elsewhere. If you could send me an email with the details of the books you’re interested in I’ll try to figure out why this happened and see if we can get you a cheaper postage option. You can get my email here: http://gogameguru.com/contact/

  6. Hello David,

    nice that you changed your competition not to use apps that need to have access to my accounts 🙂 thank you!

    And a question: Can I enter the comp. twice, i.e. by posting to both, FB and Twitter? Or would I be kicked out if I did?

    TIA, Tom in Germany

    • David Ormerod says:

      Hi Tom, well we’ve decided it simplifies things to just trust people. 🙂

      Please don’t enter twice. One of the rules of the competition is that you can only enter once. It’s too complicated otherwise.

  7. Hi there! First of all thanks for the great site, I have been reading it for a while, because I recently started playing, and find it very useful.

    I have a question about how long will the competiton run?


    • David Ormerod says:

      Hi Gorim,

      I’m glad you’re finding our site useful! The competition runs until November 21. Please let me know if you have any more questions.

  8. Slate and Shell just sent me william cobb’s “learn from the masters” books. wohooo!

    Dave, In your picture of teh book shelve, The bottom shelve, just to the right of the mini books, there are three books with Marone and white binding. I dont reconise them. what is the title of the set?