i tried changing the file to a .zip by just renaming it with .zip at the end. this did not change it from an epub file. i have a feeling that i am not doing this right so i tried making it a zip file by right clicking on the epub file and sending it do a compressed folder. then i right clicked on the compressed folder of the file and clicked extract all which led me to the windows extraction wizard. from there i extracted the files however all this did was give me the original epub file that i started with and not the component forms that make up the epub file (such as xhtml). if you could please tell me what i am doing wrong and how i should get the xhtml file it would be greatly appreciated. thanks!