According to recent reports, Microsoft is planning to start selling books through Windows 10.
Having been unsuccessful in their last attempt at digital book selling, Microsoft has decided to try again.
It is possible that this may be a trial run to see how consumers respond; if it is successful then they may make it official.
Publishers are welcoming the idea of Microsoft returning to digital book selling but there has been no mention of the titles that will be made available for sale.
Literary agent Gordon Wise stated: “Sales can sometimes depend on who is selling the books, the more organisations we have selling our products the better. A corporate giant such as Microsoft will do wonders for our profit margins”
The software is going to include a shop window for eBooks that will be assimilated into the Windows store. The new feature will be available through mobile and PC platforms.
Microsoft has not confirmed the rumour. A spokeswoman for the company has stated: “New features are regularly tested and we are also continuously making changes to existing features to see what’s popular with our fans. If anyone wants to find out information about our latest products they should keep their ears open.”
It appears that Microsoft has been approaching different publishers concerning their latest venture.
Gordon Wise said that if Microsoft is planning on giving away free books, the current excitement among publishers will soon disappear.
If the rumours are true, this won’t be the first time that Microsoft has tried its hand at digital bookselling. In 2014, they entered into a deal with Barnes & Noble, which included a £244m investment from Microsoft to distribute B&N’s Nook app. Barnes & Noble walked away from the deal and Microsoft withdrew from the reader app market altogether.