World Book and Copyright Day is an annual event on April 23rd, organized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The day is also known as the International Day of the Book. The event was created to honor the value of books and promote reading. It also hopes to increase awareness of copyright laws.
Ms Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO said the following about books:
Books are invaluable platforms for freedom of expression and the free flow of information – these are essential for all societies today. The future of the book as a cultural object is inseparable from the role of culture in promoting more inclusive and sustainable pathways to development.
In celebration of the date, events (book fairs, conferences) are being organized throughout the world. You can see what’s going on in your neck of the woods by checking out a map on UNESCO’s website.
I found out that you can download books published on UNESDOC for free. Out of curiosity, I did a search on the site and I found a book that includes a chapter on bookbinding – The Different Aspects of Islamic Culture, Volume 5: Culture and Learning in Islam. The chapter by Hasip Oktay Aslanapa, which focuses on the history and qualities of Islamic binding, is an interesting read.
In honor of World Book and Copyright Day, I think that I’ll finally order some books that I’ve had my eye on.
What are you going to do today?