By: Taiwan News, Staff Writer
The UNESCO decided to celebrate this day in order to promote reading and writing habits while increasing the awareness of copyright.
Why is April 23 designated as World Book and Copyright Day?
First, the date was set for April 23 because it was the anniversary of both the birth and the death of William Shakespeare, the world’s most renowned playwright.
Second, besides William Shakespeare, April 23 was also the anniversary of the death of other literary giants, such as Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, the author of Don Quixote, and the well-known Chinese philosopher from the Song dynasty, Zhu Xi, just to name a few. [FULL STORY]