Let's practice a download.... it's easy!

I'm going to walk you through step-by-step instructions for downloading a small test file – a short funny story about a parrot.

If you can download and save this story to your computer or mobile device, and if you're able to read it, then you can order your dog ebooks with confidence.

You may want to print these instructions so you'll have them in front of you to refer to.


SCROLL DOWN AND FIND THE INSTRUCTIONS FOR YOUR KIND OF COMPUTER OR MOBILE DEVICE


If you have an iPad or iPhone

  1. Make sure you have the iBooks app. If not, download it for free from the App Store.
  2. Tap this link: TEST FILE

    When the story appears on your screen, look at the corners of your screen and see if it says "Open in iBooks" or "Open in..." anywhere. You might need to tap on the screen several times to make that option appear. It often appears, then disappears until you tap again. If it appears, tap it and you're done! The story will appear in iBooks and be saved in your iBooks library. Go check your iBooks library to be sure. The story will be saved in the PDF section of iBooks, not the Books section.

    If "Open in iBooks didn't appear on your screen: Tap the Share icon of your browser (it's a squarish icon with an arrow pointing upward). A white box will pop up with various options – scroll sideways to reveal all the options. If you see "Copy to iBooks", tap it and you're done! If you don't get the "Copy to iBooks" option, tap the "Mail" option, which will email the file to yourself.

    Now go to your email program and open the email you just sent to yourself. If you see a squarish icon that says pdf, PRESS AND HOLD on it. A big white box will pop up and you should see an option to "Open in iBooks." If you DON'T see a squarish icon, keep reading!

    If you DON'T see a squarish icon but instead you see a blue link and a bunch of text below it.... your mobile device is a bit weird! But we can still make it work. Ignore the blue link, and PRESS AND HOLD anywhere on the text below the link. The big white box should pop up and you should see an option to "Open in iBooks."

  3. If you absolutely cannot get your iPad or iPhone to save to iBooks, shame on Apple for making such a buggy program! Download the free Adobe Acrobat Reader app from the App Store. Then when you PRESS AND HOLD or TAP on the test link, you're looking for "Open in Adobe." Ironically, once the file is open in Adobe Acrobat Reader, you should find an option to transfer it to iBooks. Honestly, Apple is getting more and more troublesome to work with....and I'm an iPad owner myself!

How to download your files to an Android tablet or smartphone (like a Samsung)

  1. Make sure you have the Adobe Reader app. If not, download it for free from the Google Play Store.
  2. PRESS AND HOLD (don't tap!) on this link: TEST FILE
  3. A small box should pop up that gives you the option to "Open in Adobe Reader". Tap that option. Now you can read the story in Adobe Reader and it should also be saved in your Adobe Reader library so you can read it anytime. But double-check this! Close the test file. Then open your Adobe Reader app and look for the file. Once you see the story saved in your library, you can order your dog ebooks with confidence!

    Potential problem.... Some people get an error message that says "This is not a valid PDF file." That means you downloaded the test file using the default browser of your tablet or phone. Some of these browsers have a "bug" where they don't recognize valid pdf files. Rest assured, my files have been downloaded thousands and thousands of times and are perfectly valid. If you get this error message, go to the Play Store and get the free Chrome browser app. Then re-download the file. Another solution is to download the file onto a regular computer, then email it to your android device.

How to download your files to a Kindle Fire

  1. PRESS AND HOLD (don't tap!) on this link: TEST FILE
  2. Kindle will pop up a box that tells you the file will be downloaded to your Downloads Folder. Click on Confirm.
  3. When the download is complete, another box will pop up asking you if you want to open the file. Tap that box to open your little story about the parrot.
  4. The story will open in your web browser (which is called "Silk"). You can read the story right away.... BUT when you close your Kindle and come back later, wanting to read it again (as of course you will want to do with your dog ebooks!), where do you find your books?

    Open your Silk browser. Look for the small MENU icon in the upper corner of the screen (three small horizonal lines stacked on top of each other). Click on that and you'll see the option for DOWNLOADS. Click on that, and you'll see your test file story.

    Congratulations! Now you can order your dog books with confidence!

If you have a PC running Windows

  1. Click your RIGHT mouse button on the blue link below....

    TEST FILE

    Don't click your LEFT mouse button. Click your RIGHT button.

  2. A gray box will appear. Click on Save Link As or Save File As or Save Target As
  3. Another gray box will appear. At the top of the box, make sure the  SaveIn slot specifies Desktop for where to save the file. If it doesn't say Desktop, click on the tiny V-shaped "down arrow" and choose Desktop.
  4. Click the Save button to do the download. It only takes a few seconds.
  5. Now go to your Desktop and look for an icon that says testfile.pdf
  6. Double-click on the icon. Most computers will respond by opening the file with Adobe Reader, which is a free ebook reader found on most computers. Congratulations! Now you can read the funny story – and then you can go ahead and order your ebooks with confidence!
  7. Potential problem.... if you click on the testfile.pdf icon on your Desktop and your computer didn't open Adobe Reader, well, darn. You will need to open Adobe Reader yourself.

    Often you will find Adobe Reader as an icon on your Desktop that you can double-click. If it's not on your Desktop, look on the bottom of your screen for a search box that says "Search the web and Windows." Type Adobe Reader. If your computer doesn't offer this Search feature, you will need to click the Windows Start button, open File Manager, open the Windows folder, open Programs, and see if Adobe Reader is listed.

    One way or another, once Adobe Reader is open, in the top menu click on "File", then "Open". In the gray box that appears, make sure the   Look In   slot specifies Desktop. If it doesn't say Desktop, click on the V-shaped "down arrow" and choose Desktop. You'll see a list of files on your Desktop. Click on testfile.pdf, click the Open button, and voila! There's your funny story and now you can go ahead and order your dog ebooks!

  8. If you can't find Adobe Reader on your computer, don't worry. You can download Adobe Reader FREE.

If you have a Mac

  1. If your mouse has a LEFT and a RIGHT button, click your RIGHT mouse button on this TEST FILE

    If your mouse has only one button, or only a trackpad, do CONTROL-CLICK (hold down the control key while clicking on the link).
  2. A gray box will appear. Click on Save File As or Save Link As
  3. Another gray box will appear. It will say testfile.pdf. Good! Make sure the   Where   slot specifies Desktop for where to save the file. If it doesn't say Desktop, click on the tiny V-shaped "down arrow" and choose Desktop.
  4. Click the Save button to start the download/save process. It only takes a few seconds.

    You may wonder why you shouldn't click on the blue link with your left (or single) button. You can. HOWEVER.... this only displays the story on your screen. It is not yet saved on your computer. So if you do simply click on the link and display the file, you should immediately click on "File" then "Save" and save the file to your Desktop. Many people forget to do this, which is why I recommend the method described above, so you can't forget.

  5. Now that your story is saved, go to your Desktop and look for testfile.pdf
  6. To read the story, double-click on it. The best pdf reader is a free program called Adobe Reader. If you have set your Mac to open pdf files with Adobe Reader, that program will open your test file. Congratulations! Now you can read the story – and then you can go ahead and order your ebooks with confidence!

    Potential problem.... Instead of opening Adobe Reader, your Mac may open a pdf reader called "Preview". You don't want this, because "Preview" will not display a Table of Contents, and your dog ebooks will have a very handy Table of Contents. In addition, some versions of Preview have a bug where it asks you for a password – even though no password is required.

    So you should tell your Mac to open pdf files with Adobe Reader instead of with Preview. First, you need to know if you have Adobe Reader. If you're not sure, click on the Finder icon in your Dock at the bottom of your screen. Then click Applications, and see if Adobe Reader is listed. If it is listed, follow the directions on this page to tell your Mac to use Adobe Reader to open all of your pdf files.

    If you can't find Adobe Reader on your Mac, don't worry. You can download it for free.. Once you have downloaded it, it will ask you if you want it to be your "default" pdf reader. Say yes. Now all your pdf ebooks will open in Adobe Reader.