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The Microsoft Store no longer has a Books category

Microsoft Store no longer sports a Books category, but there are 2,000 book-related apps (Source: Own)
Microsoft Store no longer sports a Books category (Source: Own)
Yesterday, the Redmond-based giant has suddenly removed the Books category from the Microsoft Store. Those who purchased ebooks from Microsoft Store can still enjoy them, but they will lose access to the books in July. Thankfully, Microsoft will provide full refunds for any purchased books.

Two years ago, Microsoft discontinued Groove Music. One year later, the Groove Music app for iOS and Android was also taken down. Now, the time has come for the Books category, which has been suddenly taken out of the Microsoft Store yesterday.

According to the official FAQ page for the Books category, those who previously purchased books from the Microsoft Store can keep reading them until July 2019. Although they will no longer be able to access their books starting in July, the customers who still have a valid payment method will get full refunds for all their Microsoft Store ebooks.

Those who pre-ordered books with delivery dates after April 2 will not be charged for the purchase and their pre-orders will be canceled. While Microsoft recommends to pre-order at another digital book store, there is an alternative solution for those who just want quick access to digital books from the Microsoft Store: apps. Right now, searching for "books" in the store returns 2,000 results. Obviously, some results are useless, but others — like NOOK's books and magazines or Audible's Audiobooks app — can be quite useful.

Have you ever purchased books from the Microsoft Store? Will you miss this category? Feel free to share your thoughts with us in the comments section.

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Microsoft Support (Books in Microsoft Store: FAQ)

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Codrut Nistor, 2019-04- 3 (Update: 2019-04- 3)
Codrut Nistor
Codrut Nistor - News Editor
Although I have been writing about new software and hardware for almost a decade, I consider myself to be old school. I always enjoy listening to music on CD or tape instead of digital files and I will not even get into the touchscreen vs physical keys debate. However, I also enjoy new technology, as I now have the chance to take a look at the future every day. I joined the Notebookcheck crew back in 2013 and I have no plans to leave the ship anytime soon.