Microsoft announces it will shut down ebook program and confiscate its customers’ libraries

Microsoft has a DRM-locked ebook store that isn’t making enough money, so they’re shutting it down and taking away every book that every one of its customers acquired effective July 1.

Customers will receive refunds.

Just to repeat: Customers will receive refunds (and apparently, if you annotated your book, you’ll get an extra $25). But this isn’t just about money. It’s about control. People think they’re buying music and books, but they’re just renting access. Access that be removed with the speed of a pivot.

I’m not an ebook person but I only buy music where I can download the tracks. I have no interest in having to reacquire music because someone somewhere made a business decision.

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