Microsoft Shuts Down the Books Category in Microsoft Store

Alan Masterson - July 9, 2019

Just two years ago, Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) began working on an e-books store which would run Windows 10. In 2016, the software giant had released a version of Microsoft Edge, a proprietary PC browser, which supported EPUB files. But all that seems in jeopardy after the company announced the closure of the Microsoft e-book library.

Content purchased via e-bookstore to disappear

It does not matter which device to acquire an e-book from Microsoft e-bookstore. The company said it will incinerate all content from its servers rendering them inaccessible from any device. Nonetheless, MSFT committed to compensate everyone who will be adversely affected.

Since the rise and rise of Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN), many companies saw an opportunity to cash on establishing some kind of rivalry with the online retailer giant. Having stopped selling e-books in the early 2000s, MSFT came back with the Microsoft e-bookstore.

In its statement, Microsoft said in April, 2019 that it would disable the support for buying or renting of books on its platform. For those who bought books, they will all disappear. However, the rented books will be available for the term of the rent. The company further added that users who had notes in the e-books will receive an extra $25 credit for the trouble.

Time for the dark digital truth

For a long time, digital rights management (DRM) has been an important tool used to fight piracy of intellectual property. Initially, the core principle of DRM was to enable the sale of digital goods via online platforms without abetting infringement of copyright laws.

Nonetheless, it is slowly dawning on users that, actually, DRM was meant to deny them full control over their digital property.

While online consumers expect to own everything they purchase, it turns out that is not the case. Microsoft is going ahead with clearing the eBooks people owned. Not long ago, Amazon too deleted content which people owned legally without informing them. As such, there is irrefutable evidence that while people make purchases online, they have little to no control over the goods.

As a remedy, disappointed users are looking for ways through which they can access goods, especially e-books, which are not covered by DRM.

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Alan Masterson

Alan has over 25 years of trading experience in the U.S. equity markets. He began his career in finance working on a program trading desk specializing in over-the-counter stocks. His career progressed from that point to his current position as senior trader on an institutional trading desk. In the evenings, Alan teaches economics at a local community college. He has contributed articles to various publications over the last six years, including feature articles for an economics magazine and various financial blogs. You may contact Alan via his email ([email protected]) or his Google+ page (https://plus.google.com/103338576216002376250).

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