World Book and Copyright Day 2021

The late Argentine short-story writer, poet, and essayist Jorge Luis Borges famously wrote that he imagined paradise as a kind of library (he was also a librarian).

If Borges were here today, he would no doubt be looking forward to 23 April, the official date of World Book Day, aka World Book and Copyright Day.  This annual UNESCO event was established in 1995 to promote books, reading, publishing, and the protection of intellectual property through copyright.

World Book and Copyright Day celebrates the many pleasures and benefits to be found in books–not the least of which is that they enable us to transcend any border in space and time, even if physical travel is a bit more limited these days.

If you’re looking for a good spatio-temporal journey in book form, QUT Library has plenty of recreational reading, with free access to collections of ebooks and audiobooks that can be downloaded to your smartphone or tablet.

And if you’d like to learn more about copyright (remember that it’s World Book AND Copyright Day), the Library’s Copyright Guide contains a lot of useful information. See, in particular, the section on copyright as it applies to study and research.

May every day be a day for championing books (and copyright)!

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