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Hello! Could somebody tell me the difference between a textbook and a handbook? 

26 Jul 2013      

Mariethe House

textbook: manuel
handbook: cahier
Enfin, je croisBig smile

26 Jul 2013     


A textbook ist what schools use, they are taylored to the students � needs. A handbook is comprehensive information on a subject matter, sometimes not suitable for students because it might be too detailed.

26 Jul 2013     


Thank you for your explanations. 

26 Jul 2013     


I would say that a textbook is used in school to teach you a certain subject, whereas a handbook is used in real life to teach you how to deal with a certain object or situation.

My maths textbook - used in school.
The Boy Scout Handbook - a guide to how to be a good scout.

A manual is more like the instructions for e.g. a washing machine.

28 Jul 2013