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World Book Encyclopedia Review

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World Book Encyclopedia from Topics Entertainment offers a feature unique to this reference suite, a distance locator. This will tell you the distance between any two locations on a map, eliminating the need for a scale and conversion process.

Ease of Use

World Book's opening screen has two categories, search options and browse options. Under the search options, you can look up individual topics, words in the dictionary, locations on the world atlas and view timelines.

Under the browse options category, you can surf the ages and research important events that occurred in a particular age. Or, browse through all the information, search for images and view monthly articles.

After you click on one of the options above, World Book directs you to another page with icons at the top of the screen so you can navigate to different parts of the program.

Feature Set

World Book Encyclopedia offers some practical features including a homework wizard that will walk you through your homework projects. You can create reports, charts, timelines, web pages and even design your own quizzes so you can prepare for tests.

This software doesn't have many online tools like live news, articles and updates. In addition, the timeline feature isn't as extensive as Britannica's.

Search Capabilities

World Book comes with two search bars, a general search bar and a more selective search bar. When we searched for a particular topic using the general search, the program displayed many choices we could browse until we found what we were seeking.

The more selective search option lets you select the exact topic and category that you want to search.

Ease of Installation

We didn't have any problems during the installation and setup of this product.


World Book Encyclopedia provides an email address, where you can contact customer support. For quick reference, refer to the FAQs page and product manual. The software doesn't have phone support or a homepage.


Overall, World Book Encyclopedia will benefit your studies and it doesn't come with a hefty price tag, just $29.99. If you're looking for something more extensive with a few more features, look at our #1 and #2 products by Britannica.