World Book Day
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 celebrated on that day by one hundred countries.
Sweden moved its date to April 13 due to Easter holidays. In the United Kingdom and Ireland, a charity event is held annually on the first Thursday in March. Organizers in the UK moved the observance from April 23 to avoid clashes with Easter school holidays and with St George's Day. Conversely, the World Book Night event organized by independent charity The Reading Agency is held on 23 April.
Interesting Book Facts
1. In 1455, the Gutenberg Bible was the first major book printed in Europe using Johannes Gutenberg’s movable metal-type printer.
2. Guess what some of the bestselling book written in English are, according to Business Insider.
Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes (1605) 500 million copies
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens. (1859) 200 million copies
The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien (1954) 150 million
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling (1997) 120 million
3. Google says there were 129,864,880 books in existence in 2010. However, from 2011 to 2013 when indie publishing became active, there were 2,267,265 new books published worldwide. By 2016, it was estimated there were over 134 million! I am exogobsmacked! (beyond gobsmacked).
4. In 1994 Bill Gates paid $30.8 million for the Codex Leicester by Leonardo da Vinci. With inflation, this would be $54.4 million.
Celebrate with Generosity
Take this opportunity to gift loved ones a book on this day. Take advantage of Kindle Unlimited if you have it and download our books, which you can see on the other pages of our site.
Spend the day reading and relax!
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