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, which is a short funny story about a parrot. It's perfectly safe, I promise. If you can download and read this story, you'll know you can do a download. Then you can order your ebook with confidence!
You may want to print this page right now, so you'll have it in front of you to refer to.
If you have a PC
- Click your RIGHT mouse button on this blue link......
TEST FILE (a short funny story about a parrot)
Don't click your LEFT mouse button....click your RIGHT button.
- A gray box will appear. Click on Save Target As or Save Link As or Save File As.
- The "SAVE AS" box will appear. Make sure the
SaveInslot specifies Desktop for where to save the file. If it doesn't say Desktop, click on the V-shaped down arrow and choose Desktop.
- Click the Save button to start the download. It's a tiny file, so this will take only a few seconds.
- Now go to your Desktop and look for the test file.
- To read the file, open your Adobe Reader program. Some (wonderful!) computers will actually do this FOR you if you double-click your mouse button on the testfile.pdf icon on your Desktop. In fact, not only will Adobe Reader open, but also your test file will open....and now you can read the parrot story. If your computer does this for you, give it a hug!
- Less helpful computers will make you open Adobe Reader yourself. Often it's an icon on your Desktop that you can double-click on. If it's not on your Desktop, click on your Windows Start button, choose "Programs" and see if Adobe Reader is listed.
Once Adobe Reader is open, in the top menu click on "File", then "Open". In the gray box that appears, make sure the
LookInslot 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 parrot story.
If you have a Mac
If your mouse has two buttons, follow the same steps as for a PC (above).
If your mouse has only one button, hold down the control key on your keyboard while you click on this
TEST FILE. This should bring up a gray box (see PC instruction #2 above) that lets you download and save the file.
If the control-click trick doesn't work for you, just go ahead and click on the link and the file will automatically download so you can read it. HOWEVER....it is not yet saved for you to read again in the future. To save it, go to your browser's top menu and click on "File" then "Save As." A gray box will appear where you can specify where you want the file to be saved. Choose Desktop so you'll be able to find it easily. If you don't specify where you want the file saved, your Mac will save it to a default Downloads folder and you'll need to go looking for it.
To read the file, follow PC instructions 5-6 above and use your Adobe Reader program. The Mac often tries to open its default PDF reader, Preview. However, some versions of Preview will erroneously ask for a password to view the file, even though no password is required. So I recommend sticking with Adobe Reader.
If you have an iPad
- Download the free iBooks app from the App Center. That's the most important step!
- PRESS AND HOLD your finger on this blue link......TEST FILE
- Your iPad will pop up a window that says "Open". Tap that, and the test file will open in your browser.
- But don't stop there.....in the upper right hand corner of your screen will be another box that says "Open in iBooks." This box may appear for a few seconds, then disappear, so you'll need to tap the top of the screen to get it to appear again. Once you've opened the file in iBooks, a copy will be automatically saved in your iBooks library for accessing later.
Alternatively, you can use your regular computer to download the file, then email it to yourself as an attachment. Then open your email app on your iPad and bring up your message with the attachment. PRESS AND HOLD your finger on the attachment and tap "Open in iBooks."
If you have a Kindle
Older Kindles can't read PDF files, but newer ones have a built-in PDF Reader. You can download an ebook directly to your Kindle (via your @Kindle address) or drag and drop PDF files from your computer to your Kindle (when connected via USB). You can also magnify PDFs by viewing them in landscape mode.