World Book and Copyright Day to be observed on 23rd April

“World Book and Copyright Day” will be observed on 23rd April across the world including Pakistan to pay a world-wide tribute to books and authors and to encourage people to discover the pleasure of reading. World book and copyright day 2013 theme is “reading, publishing and the protection of intellectual property through copyright.”

A range of activities to promote reading and the cultural aspects of books are held all over the world. Many of these emphasise international co-operation or friendships between countries.

Events include: relay readings of books and plays; the distribution of bookmarks; the announcement of the winners of literary competitions; and actions to promote the understanding of laws on copyright and the protection of authors’ intellectual property.

It is also hoped that World Book and Copyright Day will increase people’s understanding of and adherence to copyright laws and other measures to protect intellectual copyright. It is hoped that this will lead to the renewed respect for those who have made irreplaceable contributions to social and cultural progress.

In some years, the UNESCO Prize for Children’s and Young People’s Literature in the Service of Tolerance is awarded.

The year 1995 was named the United Nations Year for Tolerance and UNESCO’s General Conference, held in Paris, concentrated on this theme.

The delegates voted to establish an annual occasion to carry the message of tolerance into the future, in the form of a day to celebrate books, authors and the laws that protect them.

The date was chosen because April 23 marks the anniversary of the birth or death of a range of internationally renowned writers and because of the Catalan traditions surrounding this day. In Catalonia, a region of Spain, April 23 is known as La Diada de Sant Jordi (St George’s Day) and it is traditional for sweethearts to exchange books and roses. World Book and Copyright Day has been held annually since 1995.