World book day, an opportunity to encourage reading

World book day, an opportunity to encourage reading




Every April 23rd, International Book Day is celebrated around the world, with the purpose of promoting reading, the publishing industry and the protection of intellectual property through copyright.

This commemoration was established since 1988 by the Organization of United Nations for Education, Science and Culture (UNESCO) as worthy tribute to relevant authors who died that day in 1616.

They were: Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, (Spain), William Shakespeare (England) and Inca Garcilaso de la Vega (born in the current territory of Peru). Also on that day tribute is paid to other prominent authors, whose date of birth or death coincides on that day: Maurice Druon (French), Haldor K. Laxness Icelandic writer, poet and essayist, Nobel Prize of Literature in 1955, Vladimir Nabokov writer of Russian origin, Josep Pla, Spanish writer and journalist, Manuel Mejía Vallejo, Colombian writer and journalist, and William Wordsworth, one of the most important romantic poets. Starting in 1996, UNESCO and the three world professional book organizations: the International Union of Publishers, the International Federation of Booksellers and the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions decided to select a city as the world capital of books to recognize its work for the quality of its programs to promote book dissemination, encourage reading and editorial  industry.

This recognition began to be granted in 2001 and the first capital was Madrid, Spain. In the following years, this award went to numerous cities, including Montreal, Canada, Turin, Italy and Antwerp, Belgium. Until now only one city in Latin America Bogotá, Colombia, has had such an honor and for the current year it went to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

At a time when the world is experiencing the difficult situation of the Sars CoV-2 pandemic, it is extremely important to remember this celebration and to exhort all the world to increase reading, I feel that today is extremely important to invest time staying home in a healthy way to avoid contagion and preserve the health of all. (below the link of our website: from where you can download for free the magazines Cubaplus and Cubaplus Latinos)