Microsoft Is Reportedly Planning To Bring Ebooks To The Windows Store

Posted on May 17 2017 - 4:57pm by Chris Tomaino

Reading books has always been a common use case for tablets. Google has Play Books, Apple has iBooks, and both companies’ respective platforms has any number of 3rd-party options. Unfortunately, while Microsoft has embraced tablets since 2012, it never developed a solution for smart books, and to make matters worse, there have been few viable third-party solutions.

But soon, that will all change, Microsoft may be adding the ability to purchase ebooks from the Windows Store to Windows 10 Creators Update.

Windows 10 Creators Update may include a new book store interface that will support the purchase and viewing of books in the Microsoft Edge browser, that report said. MSPoweruser said that this feature will be coming to both Windows 10 Mobile and other Windows 10 variants on PCs and tablets.

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Windows 10 Creators Update

Microsoft recently added the EPUB support to the Windows 10 as part of the Creators Update preview, Microsoft Edge users will be able to bookmark books just to create collections. Microsoft is now expected to launch its ebook store as part of the Creators Update in April. The software maker is planning to sell Windows themes in the store, as part of the some additional customization and UI changes to Windows 10 with the Creators Update.

It’s not exactly clear right now whether or not users will be able to read these books on other platforms. For example, if one buys a TV show or movie from the Windows Store, it can not be watched on an iOS or Android device, as the Movies & TV app is only available on Windows.