World Book and Copyright Day to be marked virtually

Staff Reporter

‘World Book and Copyright’ day will be virtually marked across the globe including Pakistan on Friday with special emphasis on significance of book reading especially during the Covid-19 health crisis requirement for staying home most of time.

The day is usually marked with a number of activities including book exhibitions, seminars, conferences, various books related competitions, launching of new books etc however for the second consecutive year, this day will be observed by arranging activities through digital means or platforms.

The prevailing crisis has limited social interaction and shifted the focus of the citizens towards book reading besides other activities like playing traditional games and doing physical exercise.

To mark the day, the world renowned digital market, Amazon is giving away 10 free Kindle ebooks from around the world that can be downloaded till April 24.
World Book Day, also known as World Book and Copyright Day, or International Day of the Book, is an annual event organized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization to promote reading, publishing, and copyright.

UNESCO decided to institute a day dedicated to reading and books in the 1995 General Conference held in Paris, ‘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.

According to the UNESCO, during the last year when most countries have seen periods of confinement and people have had to limit their time spent outside, books have proved to be powerful tools to combat isolation, reinforce ties between people, expand our horizons, while stimulating our minds.

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