my first e-book purchase

I just bought “New York: The Rough Guide” formatted for Microsoft Reader from Amazon so I don't have to carry the physical book with me while I visit NYC next week. As far as I can recall, even though I have been an avid ebook reader since we launched Microsoft Reader a few years ago, this is the first time I have paid out my hard earned coin for a title. It was only USD$7.95. The acquisition process was fairly simple, but it surprised me that it took Amazon 24 hours to process the order. I thought it whould be instantaneous. Anyway, 24 hours doesn't make much difference. I didn't need it for at least a week.

The biggest pain has been actually FINDING the damn thing once I downloaded it. I clicked on Amazon's download button and it started to download to my machine, without asking me which destination I intended for the file. Once it finishes downloading, MS Reader opens up. Is the book in the library? Nope. So... I search my hard drive. Can't find it. Try to download it again. Same thing happens. Check that my copy of Reader is “activated”. Yep. No updates required at this time.

Can anyone tell me what's going on here? I'm just about ready to walk down to my nearest Borders to buy me some good ol' fashioned analog atoms.

UPDATE: note to self "think first - then blog"

I found an answer to part of my problem here.

Applies To

This article was previously published under Q177976


When you download a file from the Internet, you may not be prompted for the location in which to save the file that you are downloading. Instead, the file may be opened.


This behavior can occur if you clear the Always ask before opening this type of file check box when you download a file. If you do this, files of this type are automatically placed in the Temporary Internet Files folder and opened by the program that is associated with the file type.


If you want to be prompted for a download location for the file type, follow these steps:

  1. Double-click My Computer.
  2. On the View menu, click Folder Options.
  3. On the File Types tab, click the appropriate file type in the Registered File Types box.
  4. Click Edit.
  5. Click to select the Confirm Open After Download check box.
  6. Click OK, and then click OK.

Still doesn't answer my question of “where did the first three copies of it go?” but meh. I now have an ebook!