LitTherapy aims to make bibliotherapy free and accessible to all readers after crowdfunding
LitTherapy.com currently provides a list of categories on its homepage, including feelings and situations that range from ‘anxiety’ to ‘seeking solitude’, and a selection of novels are ‘prescribed’
Rather than simply being a source of book recommendations, LitTherapy is aiming to become interactive and social with user areas, individual bibliotherapy plans that users can add books to, and a way to share your own book reviews and experiences of bibliotherapy with others.
The money that’s raised on Indiegogo will go straight to the LitTherapy project, no matter how much is raised. While Lucy, the founder of LitTherapy, has already funded the domain, hosting and approximately 20 hours of work by a developer (on the limited budget of an undergraduate!)
£1000 will cover the hiring of a developer on Elance to implement the social and interactive features, and it will provide a basis for other book bloggers, readers and volunteers to get involved with the site and supervise its running along with Lucy, the founder.
Reading Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace helped me overcome and manage the symptoms of my PTSD and anxiety disorders, and I now want to create a free online resource for all readers. Whether you’re feeling low, confused, or simply in need of a great book, bibliotherapy shouldn’t be something to pay for, but rather a tool that’s readily available. I believe that by sharing our combined knowledge and experience in one place we can build the best bibliotherapy resource possible, and I’m keen to get everyone involved.
The LitTherapy campaign (http://www.indiegogo.com/
However, the main incentive to get involved is to be a part of an online resource that will introduce so many people to the healing potential of fiction.