Books are expensive, particularly reference and text books. However, there are ways for you to find cheaper reference books. One of these is to use online reference books. Online reference books are significantly more affordable because you are given only an online or digital copy. Nevertheless they are the same in terms of content, especially if you buy the same title and author. The problem is finding the right reference book online, especially if you do not know where to look. So to help you find reference books online, here are the best places that offer them.
First, you can find online reference books from Google books. Google books has extensive collection of online reference books, fiction, nonfiction and other types of books. When it comes to online reference books, you can even find all types of reference books, from medical books, to accounting and finance books, to astronomy books and whatever else that you need. Some online reference books from Google can be fully viewed. This means you can read the entire book if you want to. Some of the more recently published books however can only be previewed. This means that you can only find sections or parts of the book. The others are restricted, so that you will buy the book. Hopefully the online reference book that you are looking for is available in full view or at least the chapter that you need do not belong to the restricted pages.
Second, there are many good sites that offer free online books, depending on the type of online books that you need. For example, if you want Christian reference books, there are Christian websites that offer them. There are also other websites that are sponsored by organizations, such as business organizations, that offer free books online. Scientific references and materials, including online reference books on science, are also available on the different websites. Some of them simply require registration. Again, like Google, some of the books are for sale while others are free.
Another good source of online reference books is your public library. This is one of the best sources of online reference books but one which many do not take advantage of. Many fail to realize that they can actually borrow the online copy of the books that they need from their public library. All they need is to have a library ID and they can borrow the books online. The best thing about this is that many of the public libraries today are linked to other libraries, such public institutions. You can therefore have access to these books without needing to go to those libraries. You can just log in to your local library and get the books from there. Conversely, there are also other private and public libraries that will allow you to use your library registration or ID to access their books. You might therefore want to use your library to find the books that your need.