KABUL: April 23 is marked as the World Book Day around the world. The day is marked in Afghanistan, where few people allocate time for book reading, according to publishers and book sellers, who consider internet as one of the elements.
They believe that low literacy is another reason that deprives people especially the youth from book reading.
But, a number of youth who go to book stores for buying book, say that the culture of book reading was still strong, and a large number of the youth particularly university students spend their times in the libraries and read books.
There are book publishing companies and book stores in Kabul city that provide discount in book price on the World Book Day.
Some book store owners say that people’s interest in book reading had increased and they make effort to encourage book readers with special discounts.
The government holds no special program to mark the World Book Day, but people celebrate this day by buying books annually.