Microsoft may have been too late to the game when it comes to ebooks. Or maybe sales figures did not justify making any major changes to its platform that would be required by its switch to a Chromium-based Edge browser. In either case, Redmond is shutting down its ebooks division for good.
According to Microsoft’s support page, users who have purchased books from the store have until July 2019 to read them. After that point, they will become unavailable. This includes any free ebooks that were claimed.
Redmond will begin processing refunds in early July to anyone who has purchased books. Refunds will be automatically credited to the associated payment method or will appear as a credit on the user’s Microsoft Store account. No requests or other actions are necessary from customers.
Any annotations made in books will be lost after July 2019. Users who had annotations before April 2, will receive an additional $25 credit to their accounts for the inconvenience of the data loss.