Thursday, April 23, 2009

April 23 World Book and Copyright Day

Quick FactsWorld Book and Copyright Day is an occasion to celebrate the contribution of books and authors to our global culture and the connection between copyright and books.
Name : World Book and Copyright Day
World Book and Copyright Day 2009 : Thursday, April 23, 2009
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To encourage the habit of reading, give book publishing the needed boost, and promote the protection of intellectual property through copyright, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has declared April 23 as World Book and Copyright Day (WBCD).

The Day was first celebrated in 1995.

Why April 23rd?

OriginThe connection between 23 April and books was first made in 1923 by booksellers in Catalonia, Spain as a way to honour the author Miguel de Cervantes who died on that day. This became a part of the celebrations of the Saint George's Day (also 23 April) in the region, where it has been traditional since the medieval era for men to give roses to their lovers and since 1925 for the woman to give a book in exchange. Half the yearly sales of books in Catalonia are at this time with over 400,000 sold and exchanged for over 4 million roses.

In 1995, UNESCO decided that the World Book and Copyright Day would be celebrated on this date because of the Catalonian festival and because the date is also the anniversary of the birth and death of William Shakespeare, the death of Inca Garcilaso de la Vega and Josep Pla, the birth of Maurice Druon, Vladimir Nabokov, Manuel Mejía Vallejo and Halldór Laxness.
Although 23 April is often stated as the anniversary of the deaths of both Shakespeare and Cervantes, this is not strictly correct. Cervantes died on 23 April according the Gregorian calendar; however, at this time England still used the Julian calendar. Whilst Shakespeare died on 23 April by the Julian calendar in use in his own country at the time, actually he died ten days after Cervantes, because of the discrepancy between the two date systems. The apparent correspondence of the two dates was a fortunate coincidence for UNESCO.
So beware what are u celebrate !!!

World Book Day in Spain
To celebrate this day Cervantes' Don Quixote is read during a two-day "readathon" and the Miguel de Cervantes Prize is presented by the King in Alcalá de Henares.

World Book Day in the UK and Ireland
World Book Day UK began in 1998, launched by Prime Minster Tony Blair[citation needed] at The Globe Theatre in London. Several million schoolchildren in Great Britain were given a £1 special World Book Day Book Token (1.50 in Ireland) which could be redeemed against any book in any UK bookseller. A specially created WBD anthology priced at £1 (€1.50 in Ireland) was also published. All World Book Day point of sale and the £1 book carried the special World Book Day logo to help unify the initiative through all outlets.
Since then, World Book Day UK has followed a similar pattern, .....


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World Book and Copyright Day

What do people do?
A range of activities to promote reading and the cultural aspects of books are held all over the world. Many of these emphasize international cooperation 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.
In some years, the Children's and Young People's Literature in the Service of Tolerance is awarded. This is a prize for novels, collections of short stories or picture books that promote tolerance, peace, mutual understanding and respect for other peoples and cultures. There are two categories: one for books aimed at children aged up to 12 years; and one for those aimed at young people aged 13 to 18 years.

Purpose of the day
World Book and Copyright Day is an occasion to pay a worldwide tribute to books and authors and to encourage people to discover the pleasure of reading. 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. 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.

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.

So beware what are u celebrate !!!

Each year a poster is designed and distributed around the world. It features images designed to encourage people, particularly children, to read books and appreciate literature. There is also a logo for World Book and Copyright Day. It features a circle, representing the world, and two books, one of which is open.
External links
United Nations: World Book and Copyright Day


I think no need wait until 23 April to celebrate World Book and Copyright Day , from now on let us encourage our young people, especially, to discover the pleasure of reading and gain a renewed respect for the irreplaceable contribution of those who advanced the cause of social and cultural progress.

It is hoped that apart from fostering an increased understanding of and adherence to copyright laws and other measures to safeguard intellectual copyright, the activities scheduled in various parts of the globe to mark the celebration will continue to promote tolerance, peace, mutual understanding, and respect for the diverse and rich cultures of the world.


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