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The Home windows Retailer—which already contains apps, video games, motion pictures, and TV exhibits—goes to incorporate books within the Creators Replace. That is in keeping with footage obtained by MSPoweruser.
Based mostly on photos from an inner Home windows 10 Cellular construct, books could have their very own devoted part inside the Retailer. The entire course of will work a lot the identical means because it does for every other buy. Microsoft, it seems, will not be constructing a devoted studying utility for these purchases. As an alternative, the Edge browser within the Creators Replace has been up to date to incorporate help for EPUB books, affording some customization of their look within the browser’s studying mode.
This replace is not Microsoft’s first foray into the digital guide world. Lengthy, way back, MS had an app known as Reader, which supported a proprietary HTML-based format. Reader was developed for Pocket PC and Home windows Cellular, and, notably, it was in Reader that Microsoft first used ClearType sub-pixel anti-aliasing. A Reader app was additionally accessible for desktop Home windows, although not Home windows Cellphone. The corporate even had its personal online catalog of e-books utilizing its proprietary format, which linked to third-party websites that truly bought books.
Gross sales of Reader information have been discontinued in 2011, with the software program discontinued the next yr.
Microsoft’s obvious choice to get again into the e-book market is slightly odd. Whereas on the one hand e-books are undoubtedly a spot within the Home windows Retailer content material ecosystem, that hole seems to be dealt with adequately by Amazon’s Kindle. Why Microsoft is getting in on the motion now—and never, say, again when it was nonetheless optimistic about Home windows Cellphone’s prospects within the cellular house—is unclear.