A person can find a variety of free manuals online, including manuals for electronic products such as laptops, digital cameras or smartphones, and manuals for appliances such as ovens, refrigerators or washers. Furthermore, it’s possible to find free service and repair manuals for different car models.
Websites such as ManualsOnline, ManualsLib and Workshop-Manuals.com provide users with different categories of brands and product types to facilitate the search process. The first two websites also feature powerful search engines with predictive algorithms that help auto-complete the search queries as they’re typed into the search field. ManualsOnline covers over 700,000 products as of February 2015, whereas ManualsLib hosts more than 1,500,000 manuals in PDF format for more than 1,200,000 different products. ManualsLib has manuals for products from over 23,000 brands, totaling 3.04 terabytes worth of data.
ManualsOnline allows users to store and organize manuals online where they can easily be edited or enriched with product details. Near the bottom of the page, it displays images of some of the most popular brands, such as Sony, Apple and LG, and a scroll menu features a list of popular product categories. ManualsLib has an alphabetical list of all brands, allowing users to select a specific brand or an individual product category from that brand.