Sunday, April 21, 2013

World Book and Copyright Day - 23rd April

Greetings to all Authors on World Book Day

About the Day

23 April is a symbolic date for world literature for on this date in 1616, Cervantes, Shakespeare and Inca Garcilaso de la Vega all died.
It is also the date of birth or death of other prominent authors such as Maurice Druon, Haldor K.Laxness, Vladimir Nabokov, Josep Pla and Manuel Mejía Vallejo

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. In this respect, UNESCO created both the World Book and Copyright Day and the UNESCO Prize for Children's and Young People's Literature in the Service of Tolerance. 
The idea for this celebration originated in Catalonia where on 23 April, Saint George's Day, a rose is traditionally given as a gift for each book sold.
The success of the World Book and Copyright Day will depend primarily on the support received from all parties concerned (authors, publishers, teachers, librarians, public and private institutions, humanitarian NGOs and the mass media).
They are mobilized in each country by UNESCO National Commissions, UNESCO Clubs, Centres and Associations, Associated Schools and Libraries, and by all those who feel motivated to work together in this world celebration of books and authors. 

Bangkok - World Book Capital of 2013

Message of UNESCO Director General

Books are our most beautiful invention for sharing ideas beyond the boundaries of space and time.

2010 Initiatives
This year, the World book and Copyright Day will be celebrated in the framework of the International Year for the Rapprochement of Cultures.
UNESCO Program on 23 April 2010
(In French language)
Journée mondiale du livre et du droit d’auteur
23 avril 2010
Table ronde
Edition, nouvelles technologies et rapprochement des cultures
Organisée dans la cadre de l’Année internationale pour le rapprochement des cultures
 UNESCO – 7 Place de Fontenoy, Paris - Salle IX

14h30 - Ouverture
Georges Poussin, Section des industries créatives pour le développement, Secteur de la culture, UNESCO
14h45 - Débat
Modérateur : Jens Bammel,  Secrétaire général, Union internationale des éditeurs
1) Gisèle Sapiro, Sociologue, Directirce du Centre européen de sociologie et de science politique (Paris)
2)  Aida Diab, Directrice de l’Association pour la formation et le perfectionnement professionnels dans les métiers de l’édition - ASFORED (Paris)
5) André Schiffrin, Ecrivain, Directeur de The New Press (New York)
6) Brian Wafawarowa, Président de l’Association des éditeurs d’Afrique du Sud et ancien président de l’African Publishers Network - APNET» (Le Cap)
17h15 - Conclusions
Mauro Rosi, Section des industries créatives pour le développement, Secteur de la culture, UNESCO


Readathon is an ideal event to mark World Book Day at your school.

Tributes to Authors in Various Subjects

Promotion of Books in India
National Book Trust, India has a scheme to promote books through voluntary organizations writers, publishers, and book sellers and others engaged in book promotion activities.
The last date for applications for this year 2010 is 17th May 2010

Celebrate World Book Day with The Literacy Project - Google's Participation


At the Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST), an educational nonprofit near Boston, we have spent the past two decades working to leverage the potential of personal, digital technologies to customize educational media to meet individual needs. In celebration of World Book Day, CAST has created a powerful new tool, UDL Editions, that showcases how classic and sometimes difficult texts—such as Shakespeare’s 18th Sonnet and Jack London’s Call of the Wild—can be rendered in smart, reader-friendly ways to provide a whole host of learning supports—such as multimedia glossaries, chapter summaries, and read-aloud features, links to Google Maps to place settings in contemporary contexts.
The books are one of the many projects being featured starting today on The Literacy Project, a joint effort by Google, LitCam, and UNESCO’s Institute for Lifelong Learning. The project encourages literacy and reading organisations from around the globe to connect and share materials and best practice—from a searchable maps database to e-learning tools—like PlanetRead’s same-language subtitling videos—that can be used in the classroom.
For copyright registration in India

Original Knol - 2421

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