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Kobo Desktop seems to be a very closed environment: I can't see any way to use it to open .epub book already on your PC.
I would have expected that the sync button (top right) would download all your Kobo books into Kobo reader without the rigmarole of going via ADE, but I can't verify that.
If your dad gets used to ADE, he will also be able to use it for other things, such as borrowing and reading library books.
And don't forget all the free (mostly older) books you can get from sources such as Gutenberg http://www.gutenberg.org/
(he can read those on ADE, or Calibre, or most PC epub reading software except Kobo desktop).
I'm wondering if maybe there is a particular folder within the Kobo folders that it would automatically scan for book files because the books get downloaded somewhere when it syncs.
Just got a (free) Kobo book using a web browser.
When I launched Kobo Desktop, it automatically downloaded it to C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Local\Kobo\Kobo Desktop Edition\kepub (under a silly name),
and I could read it on Kobo desktop.
When I renamed it to 'test.epub', I was able to read it on a regular reader; it did not appear to have any DRM associated. Indeed, it wasn't a Kobo edition at all, but a Gutenberg one. However, I've just experimented copying (nonDRM) .epub files into that same directory, and Kobo Desktop doesn't see them.
So, back to your original issues. It looks as if your Kobo books should just automatically sync to your Dad's computer when he opens Kobo Desktop, and he should be able to read them on his Kobo Desktop.
He won't be able to read any books you aquire by other means on the Kobo desktop.
Yes well basically he wanted his own account, which Kobo are very strict on trying to enforce. I also tried placing the .epub and some .ascm files into the kepub folder which didn't get recognised. It would help if I knew the file types in the actual kepub folder because they have no extension and no details about them. Alas maybe this is not possible at this stage, Kobo has spent far less time (obviously) developing their free software than they have with their eReaders. Maybe if this issue arises enough they may attempt to fix the Kobo Desktop software so it is possible to add books. Who knows.
Thanks for trying to help.
I am trying to open my purchased kobo ebook in my laptop. I purchased the book straight onto my ereader. Is this why I cannot open on laptop. I keep getting a message saying 'already fulfilled by another user'