Public policies for books and reading in Brazil: The National Institute of Book (1937-1967)

  • Aníbal Bragança Universidade Federal Fluminense
Keywords: Brazil, public policy, book, reading, publishing history, literate culture.


Monteiro Lobato and the origins of the National Book Institute; its foundation and activities (from 1937 to 1967) within the context of improvement of means of mass communication. Public Policies of the Brazilian government for books, reading and libraries: continuities and discontinuities in programs and projects and their relation with governmental changes and conflicting interests. The foundation of the Comissão Nacional do Livro Didático (National Committee of Schoolbooks) and the Conselho Nacional de Cultura (National Council of Culture). The creation of the Câmara Brasileira do Livro (Brazilian Book Chamber) and its purposes. A landmark: The Third Convention of Brazilian Publishers and Booksellers. The search for a regulation for the book market. Geir Campos and the Carta aos livreiros do Brasil (Letter to Brazilian Booksellers). The Revista do Livro (Book Magazine) and the publication of INL. Achievements and failures until the project retake in the field during the military dictatorship.


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Author Biography

Aníbal Bragança, Universidade Federal Fluminense
Doutor em Ciências da Comunicação, coordenador dos Núcleos de Pesquisa sobre Livro e História Editorial no Brasil (UFF) e Produção Editorial (Intercom), e professor da Universidade Federal Fluminense.
How to Cite
Bragança, A. (2009). Public policies for books and reading in Brazil: The National Institute of Book (1937-1967). MATRIZes, 2(2), 221-246.
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