World Book and Copyright Day 2022: Know Theme, History, Significance, and Quotes Here
World Book and Copyright Day 2022: It is also known as World Book Day. It is celebrated every year on April 23 to highlight the importance of reading books. According to UNESCO, "storytelling is an incredibly effective tool when it comes to educating younger generations." The day is also dedicated to paying respect to renowned authors, including William Shakespeare, Miguel Cervantes, and Inca Garcilaso de la Vega, who died on this day. In 2022, the World Book Capital is the Mexican city of Guadalajara.
The World Book Capital of 2021 was Tbilisi, Georgia. The day is celebrated by UNESCO and other related organisations across the world to honour authors, and books, promote the art of reading, etc.
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"The highest education is that which does not merely give us information but makes our life in harmony with all existence."— The Nobel Prize (@NobelPrize) April 23, 2022
- Rabindranath Tagore, awarded the 1913 #NobelPrize in Literature. #WorldBookDay pic.twitter.com/PG0Zvrv3q5
April 23 is #WorldBookDay.— FAO Asia Pacific (@FAOAsiaPacific) April 23, 2022
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The joy of reading lays the foundation for learning. And students in schools under #AdaniFoundation’s Utthan project are discovering this joy through a slew of meaningful activities. #WorldBookDay #Learning— Adani Foundation (@AdaniFoundation) April 23, 2022
Today is @UNESCO World Book and Copyright Day, celebrated internationally to promote the enjoyment of books and reading. Challenge yourself today, to explore— AcademyofScienceSA (@ASSAf_Official) April 23, 2022
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World Book and Copyright Day: History
UNESCO has selected 23rd April as World Book Day to pay tribute to great literary figures including William Shakespeare, Miguel Cervantes, and Inca Garcilaso de la Vega who died on this day. In 1995, this date was finalised by the UNESCO General Conference, held in Paris, to pay tribute and honour authors and books worldwide.
What is Copyright?
It is a legal concept, enacted by most governments, giving authors or creators of original work exclusive rights usually for a limited time. Basically, it is the right to copy. It also gives the copyright holder the right to be credited for the work and other, related rights. So, it is an intellectual property form.
World Book Day 2022: Theme/Message
The theme for World Book and Copyright Day 2022 is “Read, so you never feel low”. The theme focuses on the scope of reading.
"Indeed, books are vital vehicles to access, transmit and promote education, science, culture, and information worldwide."— Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO's message on the occasion of World Book and Copyright Day 2022.
Audrey Azoulay, the Director-General of UNESCO named Tbilisi (Georgia) the World Book Capital of the year 2021. The decision was based on the recommendation of the World Book Capital Advisory Committee. Around the slogan is Ok. So your next book is...? The programme was focused on the use of modern technologies as powerful tools for the promotion of reading among young people.
According to the Director-General of UNESCO, Audrey Azoulay, the theme/message of 2020 sums up in these words: "Books have the unique ability both to entertain and to teach. They are at once a means of exploring realms beyond our personal experience through exposure to different authors, universes, and cultures, and a means of accessing the deepest recesses of our inner selves."
In 2019, it was “Books are a form of cultural expression that lives through and as part of a chosen language. Each publication is created in a distinct language and is intended for a language-specific reading audience. A book is thus written, produced, exchanged, used, and appreciated in a given linguistic and cultural setting. This year we highlight this important dimension because 2019 marks the International Year of Indigenous Languages, led by UNESCO, to reaffirm the commitment of the international community in supporting indigenous peoples to preserve their cultures, knowledge, and rights.”
World Book and Copyright Day: Purpose
On this occasion, worldwide tribute is given to books and authors and also to encourage people to discover the pleasure of reading. This will generate respect for those who have made irreplaceable contributions to social and cultural progress. The UNESCO Prize for Children's and Young People's Literature in the Service of Tolerance is awarded. Also, this day will increase understanding among people regarding copyright laws and other measures to protect intellectual copyright.
No doubt this day become a platform for people across the world and especially the stakeholders of the book industry including authors, publishers, teachers, librarians, public and private institutions, humanitarian NGOs, and the mass media to come together to promote literacy and help everyone to have access to educational resources.
World Book and Copyright Day: Celebrations
This day's celebrations focus on literature and reading particularly emphasise the importance of enhancing and protecting Indigenous languages. UNESCO has been effectively committed to indigenous people since the adoption of the Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (link is external) in September 2007 and continues to work towards better recognition of their rights. UNESCO also supports local communities to promote and preserve their knowledge and language. Knowledge is never wasted, and it is said that the book brings people together around a story and a common heritage while revealing their specificities through different cultures, identities, and languages.
To maintain the celebrations of books and reading, the World Book Capital is selected by UNESCO and other organisations representing publishers, booksellers, and libraries. Tbilisi, Georgia was UNESCO's World Book Capital 2021.
Generally, we won't get time to read on our own or with the children. Through reading and the celebration of World Book and Copyright Day, we can open ourselves to others despite the distance, and we can travel via imagination.
World Book Day: Symbols
Every year posters are designed and circulated around the world to promote books, reading, understanding, etc. The poster images are designed in a way to encourage people, particularly children, to read books and appreciate literature. In fact, the logo is also mentioned for World Book and Copyright Day.
World Book and Copyright Day 2022: Quotes
1. “The only thing you have to know is the location of the library.” - Albert Einstein
2. "If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all." - Oscar Wilde.
3. "You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me." - C.S. Lewis
4. “There is no friend as loyal as a book.” - Ernest Hemingway
5. “Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.” - Mark Twain
So, World Book and Copyright Day is celebrated on the 23rd April to encourage people about books, reading, understanding copyright laws, and measures to protect intellectual copyright.
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