That day in the year 1616 died Cervantes, Shakespeare and Inca Garcilaso de la Vega. The date also points out the birth or death of eminent writers as Maurice Druon, k. Laxness, Vladimir Nabokov, Josep Pla and Manuel Mejia Vallejo. This is the reason why, this very symbolic date for world literature has been chosen by UNESCO with the aim of a global tribute to the book and its authors, and encourage, particularly among the young, the pleasure of reading and respect the irreplaceable contribution of creators to the social and cultural progress. The idea of this celebration originated in Catalonia where coincides with the day of Sant Jordi and it is tradition to offer a rose with the purchase of a book. In all the book day Spain held on April 23 since 1926 and UNESCO has internationalized it in 1996.
To celebrate this day around the world, UNESCO strives to promote reading, publishing and the protection of intellectual property through copyright. New technologies far end books, joined in the promotion of reading with new products such as electronic books or the possibility of using the Nintendo DS portable reader cone. This year it will be recalled with emotion two great writers who have left us recently, Miguel Delibes and J.D. Salinger, whose books are among the best sales due to the amount of readers who were interested in his works as a tribute. From here we wish you a happy day of the book and whatever your favorite genre, happy reading!