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World Book and Copyright Day

Join us in celebrating ‘World Book and Copyright Day’ on 23rd April. UNESCO Member States around the world will be celebrating the power of books – our allies in spreading education, science, culture and information worldwide. 

The 23rd April also marks the anniversary of the birth or death of a range of well-known writers, including William Shakespeare, Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, Vladimir Nabokov, Maurice Druon, Inca Garcilaso de la Vega, Haldor Kiljan Laxness, Manuel Mejía Vallejo, and Josep Pla. For this reason, UNESCO chose this date to pay tribute to books, the authors who wrote them, and the copyright laws that protect them.

Irina Bokova, UNESCO Director-General, explains further:

“This day also calls us to reflect on the changes in books over the long term and the intangible values that should guide us. Digital books offer new opportunities for access to knowledge, at reduced costs and over wide geographical areas. Traditional books are still powerful technology: failsafe, portable and standing the test of time. All forms of books make a valuable contribution to education and the dissemination of culture and information. The diversity of books and editorial content is a source of enrichment that we must support through appropriate public policies and protect from uniformity. This bibliodiversity is our common wealth, making books much more than a physical object, for they are our most beautiful invention for sharing ideas beyond the boundaries of space and time.”

Cambridge Scholars Publishing will join the celebration in commemorating the legacy of William Shakespeare, Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, and Vladimir Nabokov, by offering all of our readers a 50% discount on 3 of our best-selling titles related to their works. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code BOOKDAY14 during checkout. Please note that this is a time limited offer that will expire on 5th May.


Shakespeare Studies in Colonial Bengal

Author: Hema Dahiya


On Nabokov, Ayn Rand and the Libertarian Mind

Author: Gene H. Bell-Villada


Shifting Viewpoints: Cervantes in Twentieth-Century and Early Twenty-First-Century Literature Written in German

Authors: Gabriele Eckart and Meg H. Brown

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