How to buy and read ebooks in Windows 10

The Creators Update for Windows 10 added an e-reader function that lets you purchase and read ebooks, and it has since received some new features in the more recent April 2018 Update. You can still buy books from the Microsoft Store and read them in Edge thanks to a built-in reader feature, but the process has changed slightly.

Ready to start reading? Here's how to buy and read ebooks using Edge in Windows 10.

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How to buy and download ebooks

Books from the Microsoft Store can be accessed in a few different ways, though they all ultimately lead to the same place. You can visit the Books section of the Microsoft Store in your web browser (opens in new tab), you can launch the Store app straight from your desktop and click the Books tab, or you can navigate there through Edge, signing in with the appropriate accounts along the way. Let's take a look at the final, most thorough route.

Here's how to buy and download an ebook when launching through Edge.

  1. Launch Edge from your Start menu, desktop, or taskbar.
  2. Click the Hub button. It looks like three horizontal lines overlaying a star.
  3. Click Books.

  1. Click Sign in.
  2. Click your account if you've already signed in on this PC with a Microsoft account. Otherwise, sign is with your username and password.

  1. Click Continue. You should now see any ebooks associated with your Microsoft account show up. You can download any of them by simply clicking the cover.
  2. Click See more to launch the Store app.

  1. Click the Search field.
  2. Type the name of a book or author you're looking for, and hit Enter on your keyboard. You can also browse pre-made lists.

  1. Click a book you'd like to purchase and download.
  2. Click Buy.

  1. Type your password.
  2. Click Sign in.

  1. Click a payment method if you already have one on record. If this is the case, skip ahead to step 17.
  2. Click Add a new payment method if you don't already have one connected with your account.

  1. Click a payment method and add your corresponding payment information.
  2. Click Buy.

  1. Click Read. This should bring Edge back to the forefront in which you'll see your book in the Books frame.
  2. Click your book. It will open and you can begin reading.

How to use Edge's reading features

What began in the Windows 10 Creators Update as a relatively barebones ereader — for the likes of PDF and EPUB files — has received some significant updates in the April 2018 Update. The interface uses some Fluent Design elements, and it has had some tools added for deeper control over your content.

For an extensive explanation of what Edge's reader feature has to offer, have a look at Windows Central Writer Mauro Huculak's impressive guide.

How to use Microsoft Edge's reading features in Windows 10 April 2018 Update

More information about the Windows 10 April 2018 Update

Updated June 6, 2018: I've refreshed this guide to ensure it remains relevant following the Windows 10 April 2018 Update.

Cale Hunt
Senior Editor, Laptop Reviews

Cale Hunt is formerly a Senior Editor at Windows Central. He focuses mainly on laptop reviews, news, and accessory coverage. He's been reviewing laptops and accessories full-time since 2016, with hundreds of reviews published for Windows Central. He is an avid PC gamer and multi-platform user, and spends most of his time either tinkering with or writing about tech.

  • Can you use Edge to read DRM free e-books that you have stored locally?
  • I think it does do file association with epubs
  • Yes and it's very good
  • I'm guessing this means no kindle purchases? Can't stand the kindle app.
  • The thing bothering me is, it won't let me read free classics without adding a payment method.
  • Same. I didnt like this.
  •  and even after you have a payment method, I receive an error after "buying". This happens on mobile. Didn't tried on PC
  • If we are forced to only use Edge to read the books then sorry, this feature is DOA for me.
  • Edge is an awesome eBook reader.
  • I wish we could add our own ePubs and PDFs to the Edge Books list.
  • Exactly especially since most of the world can't buy books at the Microsoft Store. I use the reading list currently. Favourite work too
  • I saw no free ebooks in the MS store which are common at Kindle and the Public Library via Overdrive.
  • Now, There are around 79 books under "Free Classic Books". Like Sherlock Holmes and all...
  • No books button and all updates are complete???
  • Over a year after launch and still only available in the US 🙄. Microsoft, you suck...big time 😖😖
  • Except in Australia (and other global markets) where the majority of the Store is not available. Absolutely pitiful attempt to enter the ebook market. In the meantime, Amazon and Google are dominating with their respective offerings.
  • What's the point, Its just another US only feature. Make it available worldwide till then Amazon is the way to go! :)
  • What's the point, Its just another US only feature. Make it available worldwide till then Amazon is the way to go! :)
  • Contracts have to be worked out.
    It's not all roses in the US.
    There are still a few books that haven't come to the store.
  • Not too bad comic book section Either
    just picked up a few of the Knights of sidonia
  • Any news on microsoft their market portfolio expansion of ebooks? Current offer is bad on the global market.
  • It will be cancelled like music stream.
  • Works really well, now that they added it to Android (finally) I'm happy to stick with it.
  • This is becoming frustrating. So, there is no eBook reader support for us outside the US?