Reminder: You'll lose access to your Microsoft Store books soon

What you need to know

  • Microsoft is revoking access to books purchased from the Microsoft Store this month.
  • Refunds will be given out for all book purchases.
  • This follows the closing of the Microsoft Store's books category in April.

Microsoft began the process of shutting down the Microsoft Store's "books" category in April, and now it's moving on to revoking access to any previously purchased books. While Microsoft never gave a hard date by which people would lose access to their books, its support document cited "early July" as the cutoff.

If you had any books purchased from the Microsoft Store in your collection, Microsoft will be issuing refunds. From the accompanying support document:

Refund processing for eligible customers start rolling out automatically in early July 2019 to your original payment method. If your original payment method is no longer valid and on file with us, you will receive a credit back to your Microsoft account for use online in Microsoft Store.

Microsoft never gave a reason for the closure of the book section, but it's likely the majority of people reading digital books were mostly opting to do their reading on devices like the Kindle. Microsoft Edge was the dedicated reader for books from the Microsoft Store, but with the browser making the move to Chromium, that integration was likely on the chopping block. Without a dedicated mobile app, it probably wouldn't make sense for most to purchase books via the Microsoft Store.

Though books on the Microsoft Store may be going away, Amazon and Apple's platforms are likely the best alternative for doing your digital reading.

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