If you were unaware that Microsoft sold ebooks, then don’t worry, because they’re not anymore. The company announced today that it will stop selling ebooks through Microsoft Store effective today.
That doesn’t mean that the books that users currently have will instantly vanish. Previously purchased books will be available through Microsoft’s Edge browser until July, and anybody who pre-ordered a book will get a full refund as well as $25 dollar credit added to their Microsoft accounts if you’ve annotated your books in any way (but the annotations will still be deleted).
According to ZDNet, Microsoft made this decision in order to “streamline” the strategic focus of the Microsoft Store.
Given the very little exposure that Microsoft’s ebook has gotten, especially considering the massive popularity of similar services provided by Amazon and Apple, it doesn’t seem very surprising that this service is being shut down.
Read more about the termination of the service here.
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