In April 2019 Microsoft removed the book category from the Microsoft Store as it announced that it will no longer be selling books. The books you had purchased were still available to read at the time but starting at the beginning of July 2019, all books purchased through the Microsoft Store will disappear from your devices and no longer be available for reading.

Just like when your software subscription or license expires, the books will stop working on 1 July 2019 because Microsoft uses DRM (Digital Rights Management) to protect the copyright of the eBooks.

"Unfortunately, this means that starting July 2019 your ebooks will no longer be available to read, but you'll get a full refund for all book purchases. See below for details. While you can no longer purchase or acquire additional books from the Microsoft Store, you can continue to read your books until July 2019 when refunds will be processed."

This also applies to "free" books you got through the Microsoft Store. However, as some form of consolation, the company says it will be refunding all users who purchased books through the Microsoft. What's even more interesting is that if you bought an eBook as a gift for someone from the Microsoft Store, those books will also disappear starting at the beginning of July 2019.

The main reason for the closure of the books section, according to Microsoft, is that they want to streamline what the Microsoft Store offers. However, some analysts have said that given Amazon, Google, and others who are more dominant in selling eBooks, Microsoft probably wasn't seeing expected revenues from selling books.

The closure of the books category on Microsoft Store raises questions around what are you actually buying especially when you buy a digital product that uses DRM. Simply put, DRM in this case, does not allow you to consume the eBook on any other device other than the one you purchased it on, it also does not allow you to export the eBook and be able to read it in any other format. This is because DRM is typically implemented by embedding software code that prevents the user from copying the eBook, and, as is the case with the Microsoft Store, specifies a time period in which the content can be accessed or limits the number of devices the media can be installed on.

"You can continue to read free books you've downloaded until July 2019 when they will no longer be accessible...Your books will be removed from Microsoft Edge when Microsoft processes the refunds."

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