World Book and Copyright Day [23rd April]

By : Neha Dhyani

Updated : May 5, 2022, 7:47

World Book and Copyright Day are celebrated every year on April 23 to promote the joy of reading books. People celebrate the day worldwide; it highlights how important books are and how they act as a bridge between the past and the future.

Books bring different cultures to people all over the world, and World Book and Copyright Day try to celebrate that spirit.

World Book and Copyright Day History

World Book and Copyright Day have a rich history. It is celebrated to recognise the values several academicians and literature lovers have brought to the world of literature.

The day is dedicated to honouring famous authors who died on this day, including Miguel Cervantes, Inca Garcilaso de la Vega, and William Shakespeare. All of these famous authors died on this particular day, and hence it is a tribute to all of these great authors.

Tbilisi, Georgia, was named the World Book Capital for 2021.

UNESCO and other relevant organisations worldwide commemorate the day to honour authors and books, encourage the art of reading, and so forth. Audrey Azoulay, the Director-General of UNESCO, made this declaration on the International Book and Copyright Day. World Book Capital Advisory Committee also made a similar recommendation.

Guadalajara, Mexico, will be the World Book Capital in 2022.

What is a Copyright?

It is a legal principle implemented by most nations that grant exclusive rights to authors or creators of creative work, usually for a set period. It is, in essence, the right to duplicate.

It also grants the author the credit for creating a particular book, a research paper, any other literary object, and other rights. As a result, it is a type of intellectual property.

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World Book and Copyright Day Significance

On this day, people worldwide pay respect to books and authors and urge other people to discover the joy of reading and introduce great writers from the past. The goal is to foster admiration for individuals who have contributed incalculably to social and cultural growth.

The UNESCO Prize for Children's and Young People's Literature in the Service of Tolerance awards are also given out on International Book and Copyright Day.

Also, individuals will have a better grasp of copyright laws and other steps to protect intellectual property on this day.

Without a doubt, this day has become a rallying point for people worldwide, mainly book industry stakeholders such as media, authors, academicians and other related professionals, so that literacy is promoted in all forms and people have access to all kinds of educational resources.

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World Book and Copyright Day Theme

The theme of International Book and Copyright Day 2022 is "Read, so you never feel low."

World Book and Copyright Day celebrate the spirit of reading books. It is celebrated across countries. The ceremonies on this day centre on literature and reading, emphasising the need to preserve and improve Indigenous languages.

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FAQs on World Book and Copyright Day

Q.1. When is World Book and Copyright Day celebrated?

World Book and Copyright Day are celebrated every year on April 23.

Q.2. What is the theme of World Book and Copyright Day for 2022?

The theme of World Book and Copyright Day 2022 is "Read, so you never feel low".

Q.3. Which place was named the World Book Capital on World Book and Copyright Day?

On World Book and Copyright Day, Tbilisi, Georgia, was named the World Book Capital.

Q.4. Who are some of the famous authors honoured on the World Book and Copyright Day?

Prominent authors like William Shakespeare, Miguel Cervantes, etc., are honoured on the World Book and Copyright Day.

Q.5. Which body finalised the celebration of World Book and Copyright Day?

The UNESCO General Conference held in Paris in 1995 finalised the celebration of World Book and Copyright Day.