UNESCO chief emphasizes the role of books in spreading information

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World Book and Copyright Day

In an age when digital books offer new opportunities to access knowledge, traditional books are still "powerful technology," according to the head of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova says the diversity of books and editorial content—or "bibliodiversity"— is a source of enrichment which must be supported and protected.

In her message for World Book and Copyright Day, observed on 23 April, Ms. Bokova refers to books as allies in spreading education, science, culture and information worldwide.

She says the day provides an opportunity to reflect on ways to better disseminate the written word to all people through literacy programmes and support for careers in publishing, book shops, libraries and schools.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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