Free online manuals are typically available in support sections on the websites of product manufacturers and on online services that aggregate manuals for different products and brands, including ManualsLib.com and ManualsOnline.com. Users can download these manuals in PDF format or open them on the websites as Web articles. The Support section on Apple.com allows users to download the manuals as iBooks.
Manufacturers typically provide options to find manuals for specific products by typing the product number or name in the search field or using the step-by-step category selection tool. For example, the Support section on LG.com lets users select a category group, including mobile and computer products, select the desired type of product and specify a model number. Once a user selects a specific model, the website displays a list of manuals, including their release dates and file sizes. This page also includes a link where users can download the latest version of the software necessary to access the PDF files.
As of 2015, ManualsOnline.com and ManualsLib.com provide manuals for more than 1 million products from over 30,000 brands. Users can search for manuals directly via the search field or select a specific brand and use the alphabetized list to locate the desired product type and then select a model number. This automatically loads the manual in the built-in reader, allowing users to navigate the content by using the navigation arrows or clicking on specific pages.