Microsoft is Closing Its eBook Store, Deleting Your Books With It

Microsoft closes it's e-book stores, will this hurt Microsoft

Jake Laurell, Staff Writer

Purchased any books through the Microsoft Store? You will need to find new e-copies. Microsoft has closed down its e-book platform. All books will be deleted from the tech giant’s cloud, including ones bought by consumers, by July 2019.

Everything Is Gone!

It is not all doom and gloom for Microsoft though, as all previous purchases will be met with a full refund, with a 25$ store credit if you used the platform before April 2nd, 2019.

The platform it seems has always been struggling as it was exclusively for the Microsoft Edge internet browser. Microsoft Edge only had a 4.4 percent share of the browser market.

This is not Microsoft’s first time when it comes to trying to gain a foothold in the e-book store market. This marks the third failure for Microsoft highlighting the potential consumer dangers of an all online library. If you were previously using Groove Music from Microsoft, this comes as a double whammy of unfortunate news as the tech giant shut a multitude of other services in order to “streamline” its store.

In a statement, Microsoft reiterated that “it was streamlining [its] focus on the store, and noted that you’d only wind up with store credit if your original payment method is no longer valid or on file.”

 

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