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Microsoft's ebook store is finally coming in April — here's what it looks like

Why it matters to you

If you're a Windows user, you've been left out of Apple and Google's ebook pushes. Until now, that is.

Apple and Google have long offered electronic book stores for users of their services, and it looks like Microsoft is finally making a similar move. The company started building an ebook store for Microsoft 10 last year, but now we have a look at what that store could actually look like.

Images of the new feature were obtained by MSPowerUser through an internal build of Windows 10 Mobile, but the feature will be available on PC as well. The ebook store won’t be it’s own app, but will rather live inside the Windows Store as a new section, where you’ll be able to buy ebooks and manage the ones you already own.

Buying an ebook through the store should be pretty easy, and it will work just like buying anything else — simply find a book you like, then hit the buy button.

The service will also integrate with Microsoft Edge, Microsoft’s web browser. Once you buy a book, you’ll be able to open it up and read it straight from Microsoft Edge. In fact, Edge itself will get a new dedicated book section, and in that section you’ll be able to browse through all the books that you’ve purchased. Edge also supports the EPUB ebook format, so if you have ebooks from other stores you’ll be able to read them, bookmark them, and view the table of contents.

Unfortunately, we’re going to have to wait a few months before we’ll get to make use of the new feature — it will be added to the Windows 10 Creators Update, which isn’t scheduled to arrive until sometime in April. As mentioned it will be available on both Windows 10 Mobile, and Windows 10 on the PC. Also as part of the Windows 10 Creators Update, Microsoft will sell Windows themes, which will also be available through the Windows Store.