Libraries Worldwide Unite with Largest Digital Book Club

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Engaging and informative “Funny, You Don’t Look Autistic” ebook and audiobook now available for reading and global discussion

Public library patrons can join thousands of readers around the world in laughter and learning during Big Library Read, the world’s largest digital book club. From March 23–April 13, booklovers can enjoy stand-up comic Michael McCreary’s hilarious yet insightful memoir, Funny, You Don't Look Autistic, from their public library or participating school as an ebook or audiobook with no waitlists or holds.

Big Library Read is available in more than 90 percent of public libraries in North America, and over 22,000 libraries and schools around the world. Readers of participating libraries can join by visiting https://biglibraryread.com/ or downloading the Libby app, then discuss online at https://discuss.biglibraryread.com/. Hundreds of schools around the world are also participating – students can read the digital book through their school’s website or Sora classroom reading app. Big Library Read is facilitated by OverDrive, the leading digital reading platform for popular ebooks, audiobooks and magazines.

Funny, You Don’t Look Autistic is a journey through this young comedian’s life on the spectrum,” said author Michael McCreary. “I want to thank you for taking the time to read it.”

Funny, You Don't Look Autistic is stand-up comic Michael McCreary’s memoir in which he points out that autism "looks" different for just about everyone with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Diagnosed with ASD at age five, McCreary got hit with the performance bug not much later. During a difficult time in junior high, he started journaling, eventually turning his pain into something empowering—and funny. This unique and hilarious #OwnVoices memoir breaks down what it's like to live with autism for readers on and off the spectrum. Funny, You Don't Look Autistic is an invaluable and compelling read for young readers with ASD looking for voices to relate to, as well as for readers hoping to broaden their understanding of ASD.

Big Library Read is an international reading program that simultaneously connects millions of readers around the world with an ebook through public libraries. Funny, You Don't Look Autistic is the 21st 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://discuss.biglibraryread.com/. The free program runs for three weeks and only requires a valid library card to get started. For readers without a library card, many libraries now offer an Instant Digital Card. Check with your library on download Libby to see if this option is available to you.

Funny, You Don't Look Autistic was published by Annick Press and and can be read on all major computers and devices without waitlists or holds through Libby or libbyapp.com, including iPhone®, iPad®, Android™ and Chromebook™ as well as “send to Kindle®” in Libby [US libraries only]. For students of participating schools, Sora is available through the Apple App Store, Google Play Store and on Chromebooks supporting the Google Play Store as well as via web browsers at https://soraapp.com. With both apps, the title automatically expires 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.

About OverDrive

OverDrive is the leading digital reading platform for libraries and schools worldwide. We strive to create “a world enlightened by reading” by delivering the industry’s largest catalog of ebooks, audiobooks, magazines and other digital media to a growing network of 45,000 libraries and schools in 78 countries. Our popular reading apps provide best-in-class user experience and tools for staff management: the Libby app for libraries is one of PCMag’s Best Free Software of 2019 and Popular Mechanics’ 20 Best Apps of the 2010s, 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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