Over the last two years, the Microsoft Store has become a catch-all name for the company's various sale items, including the integration of apps from the previous Windows Store. However, one aspect of the Store is now closing down. Microsoft has announced it is no longer selling books through the Microsoft Store.
Under normal circumstances, the removal of a service arrives ahead of time. In this instance, Microsoft has culled the book store section of the Microsoft Store immediately. The company says the section is closed from today (April 2).
It is worth noting the store was for digital eBooks. Microsoft says customers who paid for books will now receive automatic refunds and will not be able to access those titles after July 31:
“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.”
While it is disappointing to see any step backwards, the shuttering of the book store is hardly surprising. We doubt Microsoft was seeing much sales traffic considering the competition from established players like Amazon and Google. Of course, Redmond has never really tried to compete with those giants in terms of eBook distribution.
For example, the company never really set up an infrastructure for reading the books, apart from compatibility with Edge. Microsoft never developed and app for Android or iOS so users could not read their books on the move.
One reason why the book store is closing now is because it will no longer integrate with Edge when the browser moves to a Chromium base.