Difference between reference books and textbooks

Reference Book VS Textbook: Reference books and text books are two different aspect of books. They have many difference, some of them are as:

A book containing useful facts or specially organized information, as an encyclopedia, dictionary, atlas, yearbook, etc. is known as Reference Book. And a textbook is a manual of instruction in any branch of study. Text books are produced according to the demands of educational institutions.

Reference BookText-Book
A book intended for information on specific matters is known as reference book.A book intended for information on all matter is known as text book.
They are intended primarily for occasional consultation.They are not intended primarily for occasional consultation.
They are consulted for definite item of information.They are consulted for general and recreational reading.
It is a mix of information and facts.it does not contains any facts.
The arrangement of information is such that it can be conveniently and quickly recalled.
This does not follow any method of arrangement.
It follow a methods of arrangement.It does not follow any rules of arrangement.
The information included in them is collected from a vast number of sources.The information in them collected mostly from primary sources.
They usually include only birds eye-view of the topic.This need in depth eye-view of the topic.
They usually concentrate on facts.They don’t concentrate on facts.
They are normally not issued on loan.They are issued for loan.
They are kept for use in the library only.They can be use in the library and reader can also take it home for reading.
Information in a reference book is so organized.Information in a textbook is not organized.
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