Each year, on 23 April, World Book and Copyright Day is celebrated to promote the enjoyment of books and reading.
World Book and Copyright Day celebrations take place all over the world to recognize the scope of books - a link between the past and the future, a bridge between generations and across cultures.
23 April is a symbolic date in world literature. It is the date on which several prominent authors, William Shakespeare, Miguel de Cervantes and Inca Garcilaso de la Vega all died. This date was a natural choice for UNESCO's General Conference, held in Paris in 1995, to pay a world-wide tribute to books and authors on this date, encouraging everyone to access books.
On this occasion, UNESCO and the international organizations representing the three major sectors of the book industry - publishers, booksellers and libraries, select the World Book Capital for a year to maintain, through its own initiatives, the impetus of the Day’s celebrations.
Kuala Lumpur, the capital city of Malaysia is the World Book Capital for the year 2020.
More than ever, at a time where most of the schools around the world are closed and people are having to limit their time spent outside, the power of books should be leveraged to combat isolation, reinforce ties between people, expand our horizons, while stimulating our minds and creativity.
During the month of April and all year round, it is critical to take the time to read on your own or with your children. It is a time to celebrate the importance of reading, foster children's growth as readers and promote a lifelong love of literature and integration into the world of work.
Source : UNESCO
On the occasion of World Book and Copyright Day, a Webinar on Post-COVID Publishing Scenario was organized by National Book Trust, India and FICCI in New Delhi.
Ministry of Human Resources Development (MHRD) launched a campaign on social media #MyBookMyFriend for a period of seven days from April 23, 2020.