BookWebCD Format
(and how to use it)

The "BookWebCD" Format makes public-domain history books available on CDs as HTML webs. Our books-on-CD are not in an eBook format, nor in Acrobat® (pdf) format. Instead, BookWebCDs use your internet browser to display the scanned images of each page from the book, and to search the text of the body of the book.

Setting Up Your PC to Use a BookWebCD

Use your internet browser to navigate a BookWebCD, as if you were surfing an internet website. The web is best viewed at a screen resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels.  At that display setting, you can set your browser to view the entire page image without scrolling.  Below are Microsoft Windows© HELP instructions on how to change your screen resolution:

To change your screen resolution:

  1. Open Display in Control Panel.

  2. On the Settings tab, under Screen resolution, drag the slider, and then click Apply.

  3. When prompted to apply the settings, click OK. Your screen will turn black for a moment.

  4. Once your screen resolution changes, you have 15 seconds to confirm the change. Click Yes to confirm the change; click No or do nothing to revert to your previous setting.


  • To open Display, click Start, point to Settings, click Control Panel, and then double-click Display.

  • A higher screen resolution reduces the size of items on your screen and increases the relative space on your desktop.

To avoid scrolling, turn off all of the browser navigation buttons and bars.
(In Microsoft Internet Explorer 6, just select Full Screen from the View menu -- or just press F11.)

Navigating a BookWebCD

Navigation tools are found at the left side of each page of the Web. You click on the navigation tools to move from page to page, and to adjust the page image.  Each Navigation tool is explained below:

Return to the Home Page. Takes you to the Web Map. 
Links there will take you to any page of the original
book, or to any other page in the web.
Review the Table of Contents. Takes you to the book's Table of Contents.
Review the Index. Takes you to the book's Index.
Move to the next page. Takes you to the next page.
Move to the prior page. Takes you to the prior page.
Search the book text. Takes you to a web page containing the main text of the book. 
Use your browser's Edit, Find command to find a text string,
and click on the text to go to that page image.
Decrease the page view to fit the page height. Sets the page view to fit the height of the page image.
(This is the default setting, and displays a full page of the book.  When you use the
Web Map to move within the book, the page view will reset to show a full page.)
Increase the page view to fit the page width. Sets the page view to fit the width of the page image.
(Scroll up and down to view the entire page.)
Magnify the page view to maximum. Sets the page view to maximum magnification.
(Scroll four ways to view portions of the page in detail.)

Rotating the Page Images

If all or a portion of the image must be rotated to be
read, click on the page image itself.

Searching a BookWebCD

On the Search page of each BookWebCD is an approximation of the text of the book. It is developed from the scanned pages using Optical Character Recognition software and, though proofed to correct proper names, it may contain some misspellings.  Typically, the text of the index, figures, and stand-alone tables are not included.  Key text from embedded tables is usually included. Numbers and repetitive text in tables have been removed.

To search a book, use your browser's Edit, Find (Ctrl+F) command to locate a text string, and click on the highlighted text to go to that page image

Printing Page Images:

The BookWebCD pages are JPEG or GIF images.  Printing these images from your browser may not give good formatting results.  To print a page image, right-click your mouse over it, save it to a folder, and print it with a graphics program, such as Microsoft® Paint, or a freeware graphics viewer/printer application.