Books and Reading

       What is a national book policy?


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Books and Reading

Being one of the oldest means of communication and distribution, books not only have spiritual, educational and cultural implications, but also involve the legitimate industrial and economic aspects of the publishing trade.


The association of these two factors - cultural impact and economic interests - results in a complex system of parameters that may seem incompatible. Developing the publishing and reading universe requires understanding of the existing internal relations between the different elements comprising the book chain: Literary invention, the respective functions of the publisher, printer.

UNESCO's programme in this domain aims to support the action of every national and regional actors in the book chain. It is based on a participatory approach and on partnership with all professionals, political stakeholders and beneficiaries implied at both national and regional level.


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