How to Download Books for Your Laptop

E-books are electronic publications that you read on your computer. They function in the same way as a regular book, in that they have pages, chapters and headings, but they also offer extra functionality. With an e-book, you can navigate between pages using hyperlinks, making it easier to find a reference or related chapter. One other benefit of downloading books to your laptop is storage. You don't have to find room for lots of books on your shelves; you can keep them all organized on your portable laptop computer, ready for reading whenever you like.

Step 1

Right-click on your desktop and select "New." When prompted, select "New Folder." Name the folder "e-books." This is where you'll download the e-books. Using a folder keeps your desktop from becoming cluttered and lets you find your downloaded e-books quickly.

Step 2

Visit your preferred e-book distributor and browse the selection. Publishers typically offer a selection of free e-books in order to get you interested in other products or services. For example, Barnes & Noble sells its own e-book reader called The Nook. B&N's free-book selection, which can be downloaded to your laptop, is also compatible with its e-book reader. Project Gutenberg offers free e-books for a variety of devices, including laptops.

Step 3

Browse the e-book section until you see a book that takes your fancy.

Step 4

Click on the "Preview" link to read more. E-books are typically delivered as PDF files. If you download a lot of PDF files, they take up a lot of memory on your laptop, so it's always best to check that you're going to enjoy the book before downloading it, regardless of its being free.

Step 5

Click "Download" once you've found a book that you want. If it's a download you have to pay for, enter your payment details as prompted. For example, if using, you'll be asked to log in to your account before proceeding.

Step 6

Select a download location. When asked if you want to save or open the PDF, select "Save"; then select the "e-books" folder you created on your desktop.


If you have one, connect your e-book reader to your computer with a USB cable to transfer the books.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer with Adobe Reader
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