Welcome to About eBooks - the library's guide to electronic books.
Some eBooks look like the original print book, but other eBooks more closely resemble databases. This is often true of encyclopedias and dictionaries where you look up a topic and only see the relevant results - never the entire book.
Confused? Well, that's why we have created this LibGuide. Most of your answers can be found here!
eBooks tend to fall into two categories - those you read cover to cover and those you access to find an answer. You get in, you find your answer, you get out. The second category often includes reference books - dictionaries, encyclopedias, handbook, guides, etc. In this case, you may never see the entire book. Instead, the eBook's search engine will only retrieve the relevant articles or passages identified in your search. This kind of eBook acts more like a database than a book.
Compare the different reading / searching experience of these two eBooks.
An eBook to Read - Uncle Tom's Cabin, by Harriet Becher Stowe.
An eBook to Access - Oxford Companion to World Exploration.