I'm experimenting with downloading ebooks as an alternative to buying books at the bookstore, mainly because I recently started to upload my own writing in digital format (to Kobo), and wanted to see how readers view the downloading experience. In short - it sucks! I don't have a dedicated e-reader but I have a desktop computer and a laptop. I downloaded books to both via apps from Kobo, Kindle, is it ?Nookie (no longer available in Canada according to Windows8 - quite a good reading app so I'm sorry to see it go). I have a special add-on for Firefox that works fairly well. The problem is that they don't seem compatible with each other. I downloaded "The Martian" today from Kobo. It arrived as an .ascm file that could only be opened by Adobe Digital Editions and I had to spend half an hour downloading (and registering) with Adobe. I couldn't find a way to read it with any of my other programs. I now have about six different reading apps on two computers all containing different books and can't seem to get them all in one library. I don't think any of the e-reading programs has an option for opening epub files on my own computer. All they do is send you to their website to buy stuff. Anyone have advice on how to navigate the digital book-reader maze? Now that I have "The Martian" on my desktop I'm going to have to go through the same hassle again, downloading Adobe digital editions on my laptop so I can read it there too. Maybe it's easier just walking to the bookstore. Advice?