Yes, Audiobooks are Real Books

Yes, audiobooks are real books

Do audiobooks leave the brain distracted and disjointed or are they just another way to enjoy and absorb a story? Are audiobooks real reading, or c504x504_audiobook-loveheating? With the rise of podcasting and storytelling events, both highly respected mediums, why do audiobooks continue to suffer this stigma?

The science of listening: decoding and translating

Daniel Willingham is one of the most respected authorities on learning styles and has written a lot about audiobooks. He explains that there are two basic processes happening when you’re reading. There is decoding, or translating the strings of letters into words that mean something. And then there is language processing, or comprehension — that is, figuring out the syntax, the story, et cetera. Researchers have studied the question of comprehension for decades, and what you find is very high correlations of reading comprehension and listening comprehension. As science writer Olga Khazan noted in 2011, a “1985 study found listening comprehension correlated strongly with reading comprehension — suggesting that those who read books well would listen to them well. In a 1977 study, college students who listened to a short story were able to summarize it with equal accuracy as those who read it.” Listeners and readers retain about the equal understanding of the passages they’ve consumed, in other words.

Not only are audiobooks a valid form of reading, but there might be some benefits that readers of the written word miss. According to Two Guys on Your Head podcast, “because you can’t go back and re-read when you listen you are more likely to extract the deeper meaning from things quicker.” Could it be that audiobooks boost reading comprehension and analytical skills?

This kind of data might explain the discovery that podcasts help children learn to read. Audiobooks can help the struggling reader, too, who might get frustrated with where they “should” be and give up too soon. Experiencing some success and enjoyment can fuel the hunger to practice and engender an appreciation for reading. “Listening while reading helps people have several ly9515_ocd_read-your-way_bkmrk_thumbsuccessful reading events in a row, where they are reading “with accuracy and enjoyment.” And, listening has been shown to help with decoding, a fundamental part of reading.”

Kilgore Memorial Library has audiobooks available in a variety of formats.  Readers will find traditional cases with physical CDs along with another popular format, the Playaway.  For those readers who prefer downloadable audiobooks, we offer collections from OverDrive and OneClick Digital.  Let us know if we can help you find your next audiobook!

Yes, audiobooks are real books, was first posted to OverDrive Blogs by Patti Carlyle on October 13, 2016, under General, Schools.  Edited for this post by Deb Robertson on November 28, 2016.







Genealogy–Did you know?

earthHappy Earth Day! Come in and check out some books about the environment and taking care of our Earth.

Another tip–looking for bride and groom marriage records? We have a book compiled of marriage record names and the number issued to the bride and groom here at the library. You can then go to the York County Clerk’s office and obtain a photocopy of the record for your family history. Come into the library and ask for help if you need it.


New Genealogy book being added to the collection

Pile of BooksThe library is adding a new genealogy book to our collection, Genealogy, the Internet, and Your Genealogy Computer Program by Karen Clifford.

This book is a manual for modern genealogy. Designed for the beginner, the book contains guidelines for using public libraries, courthouses, and archives for genealogy research. It also explains how to use Latter Day Saints family history centers and the Regional Records Services Facilities of the National Archives. The new updated edition contains references to current URLs and databases and discusses new genealogy software options.

The library will be purchasing this book, so drop by the library and take a look at the genealogy books we have in our collection to help you do your family history research. We will be glad to help you get started.

Did you know?–NebraskAccess

Do you need quality information for an upcoming school project? Do you want to find out more information about the diagnosis your doctor gave you? Are you just curious about something and you want good, reliable research? NebraskAccess is a good place to find what you want.


NebraskAccess provides access to databases with magazine and journal articles, as well as genealogical, historical, and biographical information. It also contains other unique information, such as Nebraska facts and legal information (criminal records, tax form links), sources about books and other literature, science and technology research sources, and so much more! Each main category displays databases that contain helpful information, as well as other websites hand-picked by reference librarians from the Nebraska Library Commission.

If you’re looking for websites for kids, NebraskAccess also has a Children and Young Adults page. The websites suggested on this page are catered to the younger crowd with easy to understand information and pictures. Many of these websites even contain fun, educational games for children.

Using NebraskAccess in the library requires no login. However, when you are not in the library, a Nebraska Driver’s License or State ID is required to use the databases provided through NebraskaAccess. You can also come into the library and ask for the library’s own NebraskAccess password to use for remote access.

I used NebraskAccess when I was in college to find professional journal articles for projects and essays. With school about to start, getting acquainted with NebraskAccess and the resources it has to offer might be helpful so that you have a place to turn when you need information. Take a look around the website and find the information that is relevant to you!

Genealogical Research

The library has received information from the U.S. Department of the Interior on Homestead Records on where or how to find Homestead Land-Entry Case Files. Earlier this spring, the project to digitize and index the Nebraska Homestead Land Entry Case Files was completed. Was your ancestor one of the more than 75,000 people whose existing records prove they received free land in Nebraska through the Homestead Act of 1862? Homestead

Visit these resources for information about your ancestors’ roots:

  • Visit and or visit a Family/Search History Center (for locations see
  • Access the records through the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Libraries electronic resources
  • Visit Beatrice, Nebraska and use Homestead National Monument of America’s research computers
  • Visit any of the National Archives research facilities nationwide

These files contain detailed information about our ancestors including what kind of homes they lived in and how many acres of crops they grew; in some instances, they contain naturalization information and military service documents.

Nebraska’s peak year for homesteading was 1913 when 5,134 homesteads were distributed equaling 2,476,575 acres.

We hope this information will be of help in your research of family history.