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kmccook writes "World Book and Copyright Day was April 23.
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), who have been 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.
Message from the Director-General of UNESCO
On the occasion of World Book and Copyright Day - 23 April 2006
Since 1996, 23 April, World Book and Copyright Day, has brought several million people together in more than 100 countries of the South and the North in solemn celebration of the bookâ€™s multiple roles in the life of human societies. It has also been an opportunity for them to reflect on the place of the related issue of copyright.
This year, the eleventh celebration of the Day affords yet another opportunity for political decision-makers, economic operators and civil society stakeholders to honour the book in a thousand-and-one ways as a unique tool for expression, education and communication....
The book is indeed also an instrument of expression that lives through and within a language. Each publication is created by the author choosing to use a specific language on the basis of complex considerations, and is intended for a readership with clearly identified language skills. A book is thus written, produced, exchanged, used and appreciated in a given language setting...