First: you’re going to want to download your file. PLAN where you want it to go. Windows often wants to send an ebook to a folder called MY EBOOKS in your MY DOCUMENTS folder. Whatever you choose, be consistent: these are big files, and having them scattered at random all through your directory is not a Good Thing. One of the most common problems is e-book scatter: a big file, and once unzipped, a lot of little files, all over the place. I recommend storing your megafile on DVD, and getting it off your disk. But first—select your chosen useful file formats, and place those neatly in something like a MY EBOOKS folder, maybe under the author’s name, as you build your library. [I suggest that folder be in your MY DOCUMENTS folder, as that is the way Windows likes to do things—and at least it narrows the possibilities.]
So—now you’re organized, and ready to read.
For Calibre: ideally, you have Calibre on your machine; you double-click on the .epub version and that should make Calibre load with your chosen e-pub book into the ‘BOOK TITLE Display Area’. The trick is, you must highlight that book title. THEN with it highlighted you click VIEW on the overhead menu, and it loads your file into the reader.
IF: no Book Title is in the Book Title Display Area, you can go get your file. Just click ADD BOOK, and a SELECT BOOKS window will come up, offering you the usual Windows choices of Recent Documents, Desktop, My Documents, and Network Places. Remember where we determined WHERE your books are going to be? Go to that place, select your .epub version as in any Windows operation, and click on it. It should load into that “Display Area” so you can highlight it and then choose VIEW, the thing with the magnifying glass.
The most common problem with e-books is flatly not knowing where on your disk the darn thing went. For example, should you convert e-books using Calibre, it will have its own idea about where to put your e-books,controllable in a line up at the top of the ‘Conversion’ utility: be sure to target that where YOU want it to go, or you’ll spend the next half hour trying to find where it put it.
For the Mobireader software: less complicated: click on the .prc file, and you should have the reader come up WITH your book already loaded. Read and Enjoy.
For Adobe Reader: again, click on the .pdf version, and you should have Adobe Reader come up with your book ready to read.
For Microsoft Reader: click on the .lit version, and if you have MSReader on your machine, it should come up and display your book.