Books vs. Workbooks:
What’s the Difference?

You may be wondering, books vs. workbooks: What's the difference?

The biggest difference between a book and a workbook is that a book serves the “who” and “what,” while a workbook serves the “how to.” A book is an opportunity for authors to introduce themselves and their ideas, and to create an emotional connection with readers. A workbook tells readers how to specifically do something.

Books Tell Stories

Many books offer advice or teach a lesson through the personal stories of the author. This may help a reader come to certain conclusions or take certain actions, but it is not a workbook because it lacks step-by-step to-dos.

Workbooks Show How

Workbooks give specific, detailed information about how to complete a certain task or series of tasks. They are typically more technical. They may also come in a CD or DVD format that individuals can watch and listen to, to get a better grasp on the topic.

Workbooks, as opposed to books, are also often accompanied with workshops and events where people have time to get hands-on experience working through tasks related to the workbook’s topic.  

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