Q: I'm having difficulty getting the books locked into the player. Is there an easy way to do this?

A: Yes. To lock in the book you can either 1) push the spirals onto the "footballs" in the book well or 2) set the book down in the device so that the spirals are next to the book well, then close the cover and then reopen it. The spirals should now be locked on. 

Note, the books do not need to be fastened into the player in order to work. The books will work if they are resting in the LeapStart player without being fastened, or even if they are next to the LeapStart player.