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Microsoft Edge gets Books library and built-in ebook reader

Windows Store Edge browser

Windows 10 build 15014 and above has a Bookstore

Microsoft is now allowing the public testers (those in the U.S.) to try out the first version of the Ebook store hub in the Windows Store. Starting with build 15014 for Windows 10 and 10 Mobile, the Windows Store includes a section called ‘Books’, allowing users to browse and purchase electronic books.

With this build also, Windows 10’s browser Edge gets a new hub entry (Books) next to the favorites icon. The library and the e-book store are tightly connected with the built-in Ebook reader in Microsoft Edge. It offers personalizable reading experience, navigation control and support for Cortana, EPUB books and themes. Microsoft wants to add as many features as possible to Microsoft Edge, and discourage users to install standalone apps for some tasks like reading ebooks or opening PDF files.

The official roll out of the Books and the reading experience are planned for the Creators Update later this year.