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 (UNESCO) to promote reading, publishing, and copyright. The first World Book Day was celebrated on 23 April in 1995, and continues to be recognized on that day.
World Book day is the global celebration of books and reading material observed in more than 100 countries. This date was chosen because it is the death anniversary of well-known writers William Shakespeare, Miguel de Cervantes and Inca Garcilaso de la Vega.
How this day is celebrated
Various publishers have planned interactive sessions with authors and launch of literary games to celebrate the day amid the coronavirus lockdown.
HarperCollins India is organising an Instagram Live Jam with its authors. The event will feature popular authors like Ravinder Singh, Nikita Singh, Rana Safvi, Boria Majumdar and Aanchal Malhotra.
Penguin Random House India will reveal the cover of the crowdsourced anthology You Are All I Need, edited by Ravinder Singh.
UNESCO has invited students, teachers, readers from around the world to testify and express their love for reading, with a message along with the hashtags #StayAtHome and #WorldBookDay to ensure social distancing and self-quarantine during the coronavirus pandemic.