Microsoft is finalizing support for e-books in .epub format in the classic version of Microsoft Edge, as many users who open the document are notified at the top from the company's plan screen (via Thurrott). "Microsoft Edge will no longer support e-books that use the .epub file extension," the message says. "Visit Microsoft Store to see our recommended .epub applications."
The newest version of Microsoft based on Edge Chromium, currently still under development, no longer supports the display of ePub files. The company's decision could also be related to the fact that it stopped selling electronic books in the Microsoft store in April, so it is likely that those who would use the browser as their own personal e-book readers are almost none.
The link provided in the pop-up window redirects you to the "Reading Room" in the Microsoft Store, a section that contains other ereader applications, including Kobo, Audible, Wattpad and OverDrive. The company also says it has partnered with DAISY Consortium and will add new accessible ePub applications that "are expected to be available in the Microsoft Store after September 2019," according to a support page.
Did you think Microsoft Edge was a good ePub reader before Microsoft's decision? Now that Edge will no longer admit them, what electronic readers do you recommend in the future? Feel free to share your thoughts below.
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