Microsoft Store Shutting Down Its Ebooks Category, Refunds to Be Issued

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"Starting April 2, 2019, the books category in Microsoft Store will be closing", the company confirms in its support pages. If it isn't, then the equivalent amount of credit will be added to your Microsoft account to spend elsewhere on the Microsoft Store.

Microsoft will likewise offer an extra $25 credit (to your Microsoft account) in the event that you annotated or marked up any ebook that you bought from the Microsoft Store preceding April 2nd.

Microsoft is shutting down its ebook store, a move that may frustrate a few users but probably leave many more people surprised that the books category existed in the first place.

Exactly how popular the service was, however, Microsoft never commented on.

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The advantage of using Chromium as a base rather than a rendering engine of Microsoft's own design is that now web developers primarily design for Chrome. Unfortunately, this means that starting July 2019 your ebooks will no longer be available to read, but you'll get a full refund for all book purchases.

However, readeer can continue to read books until July 2019 when refunds will be processed, according to a FAQ post by Microsoft. That is one point for physical books, which can't be deleted from a server after you've brought them.

As ZDNet reports, Microsoft took the decision in a bid to "streamline the strategic focus of the Microsoft Store", but it's going to annoy customers who purchased or rented ebooks through the store. However, for those who don't or those who purchased with other methods such as a gift card or store credit, they will get refunds in the form of credits that's usable on the Store. Instead, Microsoft will assuage the pain of losing them with some extra money.

Customers can keep reading e-books they've already received on Microsoft Edge until early July.

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