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World Book and Copyright Day: April 23, 2022

Press Release Number CB22-SFS.54

From the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO):

“World Book and Copyright Day is a celebration to promote the enjoyment of books and reading. Each year, on 23 April, celebrations take place all over the world to recognize the scope of books - a link between the past and the future, a bridge between generations and across cultures. On this occasion, UNESCO and the international organizations representing the three major sectors of the book industry - publishers, booksellers and libraries, select the World Book Capital for a year to maintain, through its own initiatives, the impetus of the Day’s celebrations.

“23 April is a symbolic date in world literature. It is the date on which several prominent authors, William Shakespeare, Miguel de Cervantes and Inca Garcilaso de la Vega all died. This date was a natural choice for UNESCO's General Conference, held in Paris in 1995, to pay a world-wide tribute to books and authors on this date, encouraging everyone to access books."

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Source: Quarterly Services Survey (QSS) 2006-2022.

Source: 1978 - 2019 Business Dynamics Statistics (BDS).

  • NAICS 45121, Book Stores and News Dealers
  • NAICS 511, Publishing Industries (Except Internet)

Source: 2017 Economic Census

  • NAICS 323117, Books Printing
  • NAICS 45121, Book Stores
  • NAICS 5111, Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers
  • NAICS 51113, Book Publishers

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