Scribd pulls its Windows Phone and Windows 8.1 apps

The official Scribd apps for Windows Phone and Windows 8.1 have been removed from their respective store fronts, less than a year after the online e-reading subscription service added support for Microsoft's mobile OS as a universal app for both platforms.

The service offers users a chance to read over 400,000 e-books for a fee of $8.99 a month. Scribd also allows users to upload their own documents and has millions of those kinds of written works to choose from. After a soft launch in June 2014, the Windows Phone and Windows 8.1 versions were formally released one month later in July.

However, the apps were not updated since July and now both have been pulled from circulation. We reached out to Scribd for comment and got a response back from a company spokesperson:

"We were excited to test the waters with Windows and a WebApp last fall was our first step in that direction. Since then, we've reviewed all the user feedback, and in order to ensure our readers are receiving the best reading experience possible, we decided to pull that version of the app while reevaluating how we'd like to move forward on the Windows platform."

The response would seem to indicate that Scribd is at least considering a return to the Windows platform, and it's possible that the company could release a universal app for Windows 10 in the future.

Thanks to Ezra for the tip!

John Callaham