Hinoki Press is now part of Go Game Guru

Go Game Guru recently bought Hinoki Press from Chris Greene, the founder of Hinoki.

Hinoki Press

The Hinoki Press logo. Hinoki  (檜) is the Japanese name for the Japanese Cyprus tree.

The Hinoki Press logo. Hinoki (檜) is the Japanese name for the Japanese Cyprus tree and its wood.

Hinoki Press is a Go book publishing company which started in 2006.

Since then, Hinoki has published a total of 18 Go books.

Chris, a long time Go player, started Hinoki after retiring from his career as a programmer, because he wanted to give something back to the Go community.

In my opinion, he’s done an admirable job of that.

When we started Go Game Guru in 2010, Chris was one of the first people to take us seriously and do business with us.

He’s also become a friend over the last four years and I’ve enjoyed working with him.

At this stage, because of his health, Chris no longer wants to continue running Hinoki.

Keeping Go books in print

It’s important to all of us that Go books stay in print wherever possible and we bought Hinoki with the express purpose of keeping all 18 of its books in print.

We’ll continue to sell these books under the Hinoki brand name for the time being and will gradually build on Chris’ work with our own books – starting with our upcoming Lee Sedol vs Gu Li Jubango book.

For Go players, this also means that we’ll be able to provide you with Go books at even better prices than before.

Thank you Chris

Hinoki's third book: Perceiving the Direction of Play (one of my favorites).

Hinoki’s third book: Perceiving the Direction of Play (one of my favorites).

Chris’ contribution to the body of English language Go books is immense and I know many Go players (including me) have enjoyed and learned from Hinoki’s books over the years.

Hinoki’s efforts made a lot of thought provoking material available in English for the first time.

I’d like to take this opportunity to say “thank you Chris.”

He’s generally worked quietly, behind the scenes, but he deserves some recognition for his achievements.

If you’d like to leave a comment for Chris you can click here to comment below and Chris will see it.


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. Good luck 🙂

  2. Thank you Chris, we have plenty of your book series in our club!

  3. Robert Gilman says:

    Congratulations on this contribution to the go community. — One suggestion for future: I myself prefer to study on the computer: much easier to run thru variations. Smart Go books has been a great contribution in that regard. But for regular books on paper, have you ever considered making .sgf files available on a web site?

    • David Ormerod says:

      Hi Robert,

      That’s something we’re thinking about. In the case of our Lee Sedol vs Gu Li books, the early drafts of the commentaries are already available for free on our website.

      Converting the Hinoki books into other formats might prove to be more difficult given the format that they’re already in, but it’s something that we can aim to do in the future.

  4. That’s so great,wishing you the best in your future endeavors.Congratulations to all who are with you as you move into the future.-Joseph

  5. Thanks Chris for all that you put your heart into,”thanks” it’s not much but the future is a big place and you have alot of GO players behind you-Joseph

  6. Alexander Johansson Söderberg says:

    Many thanks to Chris for all the effort. 18 books in such a short time is no small feat. Also, thank you Go Game Guru for stepping in and keeping the books in print. The future of Go in the West is looking exciting thanks to people like Chris and you at GGG.

  7. “Zone Press Park” is my favorite go book — thank you so much for translating it and bringing it to English speakers!

    • David Ormerod says:

      I didn’t read Zone Press Park when it first came out, because it received bad reviews, but once I had a look at it I also realized that it was a really interesting and unique book. I’m re-reading it at the moment actually 🙂

  8. Thanks Chris. Your book edition work is superb, very classy. The covers were the best in the business, at least for go publications in the European languages. The format was perfect, and those of your books that I have had the chance to read all had a tight, clear focus, which made them useful and fun to read. I learned a lot from the Hane Naoki one. Thanks!