Posted by William Charles on July 8, 2019
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Published on July 8th, 2019 | by William Charles

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Microsoft eBook Store To Close – All Purchases Will Be Refunded

Microsoft has announced that it will be closing it’s eBook store and all purchases that have ever been made will be refunded in full. As part of this closure all ebooks purchased will no longer be able to read due to DRM. If you’ve made any in book notes or notations prior to April 2nd, 2019 Microsoft will provide an additional $25 credit to your Microsoft account.

Hat tip to NPR



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veeRob

Microsoft had an eBook store?

Celeste
Celeste

Microsoft had an eBook store?

lilurbanachiever
lilurbanachiever

They also sell movies and other digital content. What’s up with this move ? Are the movies going next ?

Ann
Ann

That is the important question, rather than repeatedly ‘asking’ the obvious sarcastic question.

I’ve seen discussions in the past from people mildly-concerned about whether/how their relatives could inherit their digital content library. Well, they’d be lucky if their ability to access their own content even continues long enough for that to become an issue.

Seems like a company the size of Microsoft, that is continuing other business operations, could have kept the ebook DRM authentication server running and just shut down the ability to buy new ebooks from the store. I’d hope that keeping one server running would have cost less than refunding every dollar they ever made from this!

Zalmy

What? They had an e-book store?

lenin1991
lenin1991

They also used to have a digital music store — first Zune, then Groove — and their message was simply “download/convert everything before we shut down.” Really makes me hesitate buying from any digital storefronts except the leaders (Google / Apple)

Tom
Tom

It really makes me hesitant to “buy” any content anywhere unless I can actually download it. Otherwise you are trusting these providers to be around in perpetuity, which seems ambitious at best.

I truly don’t understand why these providers bother with DRM. It is broken within minutes of release, and the content is easily available via a number of different illegal sources online. DRM doesn’t affect those willing to acquire the content via “less than legal” methods, while making the experience worse for those actually paying for the content

Ann
Ann

“Really makes me hesitate buying from any digital storefronts except the leaders (Google / Apple)”

And Amazon.

Fish
Fish

Microsoft had an eBook store?

YoniPDX
YoniPDX

Seems like the closed their online music IIRC and didn’t they have a fitness watch for a minute as well as a Windows 8 phone.

Mike
Mike

They had an ebook store? 😛

Andy
Andy

Not anymore soon!

Liam
Liam

Lol I never knew the had ebook store I am sad now!

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