World Book Day or World Book and Copyright Day is a yearly event on 23 April, organized by UNESCO to promote reading, publishing and copyright. On this occasion, we are pleased to invite visitors and readers of our website to celebrate reading and meditating on the various dimensions of the book in history and in our present culture.
Happy World Book Day!
World Book Day was celebrated for the first time on 23 April 1995. This celebration Day was decided by the UNESCO in 1995. In the United Kingdom, World Book Day is held annually on the first Thursday in March, to avoid clashes with Easter school holidays.
[Image on the right] Queen Rania of Jordan reads from her children's book on cross-cultural understanding to a group of young students at the UN Bookshop. UN Photo/Mark Garten (Source: www.un.org/en/events/bookday)
It 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, and in particular young people, to discover the pleasure of reading and gain a renewed respect for the irreplaceable contributions of those who have furthered the social and cultural progress of humanity.
On the occasion of the world day dedicated to the book, 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 intellectual property.
In the Muslim world, the celebration of the World Book Day is an opportunity to renew the commemoration of books and reading with remembrance of the heritage. Islam is the religion of the book, including the book par excellence, the Quran. Whose first revealed verse starts with the word “Read” In the classical Islamic civilisation, interest in books developed very early through reading, writing, authoring and dissemination of learning. Books became a visible medium within the first century of Islamic history. Muslims soon came to know and spread the use of paper, calligraphy, illumination, binding, publishing, marketing, lending and collection development, to name a few. Books became popular through book stores, writers, editors, copyist, translators, and most importantly, libraries. Libraries began in mosques, then in private homes and palaces. Public, school, academic and research libraries soon followed. The famous institution of Baghdad, the House of Wisdom, founded by the Abbasid Caliphs, which radiated knowledge throughout the world started as a library. Despite this advancement status of the book in the civilization, few comprehensive surveys exist on its historiography.
At the Foundation for Science, Technology and Civilisation (FSTC), our major interest is in offering a tenable and sustainable history of science and technology that recognises the contributions of all cultures, as against the presently, mainly Euro-centric history, offered in most schools and institutions.
From our published works to our articles, books and manuscripts are main part of our FSTC orginisation. As we celebrate them through our all projects Muslim Heritage, 1001 Inventions, CE4tF and MHAG/MHANT. Please visit our books section for more information:
- World Book and Copyright Day at UN.
- World Book and Copyright Day at UNESCO.
- UNESCO resolution (28th session of the General Conference of UNESCO)
Proclamation of World Book and Copyright Day (Paris, 25 October -16 November 1995).
- Message of Ms. Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO on the occasion of World Book and Copyright Day - 23 April 2011 (PDF), 2012, and 2013.
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