World’s Largest Digital Book Club and Public Libraries Incorporate Humor to Reduce Stress
Practical and comical international bestseller “The Art of Taking It Easy” ebook now available for reading and discussion with global audience
CLEVELAND – April 5, 2021 – Public libraries are helping readers embrace humor to reduce stress together during the current Big Library Read, the world’s largest digital book club. From April 5-19, readers can borrow psychologist and stand-up comedian Dr. Brian King’s international bestseller The Art of Taking It Easy ebook from their public library. Readers with a valid library card can borrow the ebook free from their local public library without waiting by downloading the Libby app. Readers can then discuss online at https://biglibraryread.com/join-the-discussion/.
Big Library Read is available in over 20,000 libraries around the world, including approximately 90 percent of public libraries in North America. During past programs, readers have participated in engaging online discussions about the title. The program is facilitated by OverDrive, the leading digital reading platform for popular ebooks, audiobooks and magazines.
“I wrote The Art of Taking It Easy to put my insights on stress management on paper so my daughter can use them one day,” said author Brian King. “Of course, in the process I wrote a book that can be enjoyed by anyone. Thank you for also supporting libraries, and for embarking with me on this journey to lower your stress and lead a healthier, happier life!”
Dr. Brian King received a degree in psychology before becoming a world-touring comic and the host of humor therapy seminars attended by more than ten thousand people each year. In The Art of Taking It Easy, he presents hands-on techniques for managing stress by rewiring our brains to approach potentially difficult situations through a lens of positivity.
To do so, Dr. King explores what stress is, where it comes from, and what it does to our bodies and brains. He delves deep into how to address everyday stress and gives insight into resulting ailments such as anxiety disorders, depression, hypertension, obesity, substance abuse disorders, and more. Instead of a dry medical approach to dealing with stress, this unique volume is filled with life-changing tips and instructions presented with humor and a wealth of memorable, smile-inducing anecdotes.
Big Library Read is an international reading program that connects millions of readers around the world with an ebook through public libraries. The Art of Taking It Easy is the 24th selection of this program which began in 2013 and takes place three times per year. Readers can join an online discussion about the book at https://biglibraryread.com/join-the-discussion/. This free program runs for two weeks and only requires a valid library card to get started.
The Art of Taking It Easy was published by Apollo Publishers. The title can be read on all major computers and devices through Libby or libbyapp.com, including iPhone®, iPad®, Android™ phones and tablets and Chromebook™ without waitlists or holds. Through Libby, readers can also “send to Kindle®” [U.S. libraries only]. The title will automatically expire at the end of the lending period, and there are no late fees.
To join the discussion, learn about past Big Library Read titles and download Libby, visit biglibraryread.com.
OverDrive strives to create “a world enlightened by reading.” Serving a growing network of 65,000 libraries and schools in 84 countries, OverDrive delivers the industry’s largest digital catalog of ebooks, audiobooks, magazines and other content through award-winning apps. The Libby reading app for libraries is one of Popular Mechanics’ 20 Best Apps of the Decade, while the student reading app Sora is one of TIME’s Best Inventions of 2019. Founded in 1986, OverDrive is based in Cleveland, Ohio USA and was named a Certified B Corp in 2017. www.overdrive.com
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