Microsoft quits the eBook market. Any book bought through Microsoft’s store be readable. Starting April 2, 2019, people can no longer buy, rent or pre-order books. Meant exclusively for the Edge browser, which still struggles to reach a relevant piece of cake in the Mozilla-and-Chrome-dominated panorama of internet browsers, the service couldn’t keep up with the other giant competitors, Amazon’s Kindle and Apple among the firsts.
“Starting April 2, 2019, the books category in Microsoft Store will be closing. 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.”
Refunds will be credited back to the Microsoft account for use online in Microsoft Store, so to soften the blow, and additional 25$ will be credited to those who made mark-ups and annotations within the books. Microsoft’s third experiment in the eBook world comes to its end: its first attempt came to light in 2000 before e-ink readers weren’t even in some materials researcher’s mind, and was intended for the consumption of e-books on LCD screens, along with the use of Microsoft’s ClearType font, and was put down in 2011. The next year they tried again, partnering with Barnes & Noble: the project was suspended two years later.
The closure of Edge’s e-reader ticks the giant’s third failed attempt to have a voice in the market and highlights the increasing vulnerability of property in our cloud-based era.
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