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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.
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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 - Senior Tech Writer - 5441 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2013
In my early school days, I hated writing and having to make up stories. A decade later, I started to enjoy it. Since then, I published a few offline articles and then I moved to the online space, where I contributed to major websites that are still present online as of 2021 such as Softpedia, Brothersoft, Download3000, but I also wrote for multiple blogs that have disappeared over the years. I've been riding with the Notebookcheck crew since 2013 and I am not planning to leave it anytime soon. In love with good mechanical keyboards, vinyl and tape sound, but also smartphones, streaming services, and digital art.
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Codrut Nistor, 2019-04- 3 (Update: 2019-04- 3)