People from more than 100 countries celebrate the day. The date of 23 April is notable in world literature as many prominent authors like William Shakespeare, Miguel de Cervantes and Inca Garcilaso de la Vega passed away on this day.
In 1995, the date was selected at the UNESCO’s General Conference in Paris to pay tribute to authors and books and encourage access to books all over the globe.
UNESCO celebrates the day to pay honour to three major sectors of the publishing industry – publishers, booksellers and libraries. The day is now seen as a platform to promote literacy and make people aware of the benefits of reading books. People across the globe come together on World Book Day to celebrate their love of reading.
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