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Whether you’re looking for the latest bestsellers or a classic work of literature, there’s an ebook or audiobook for you, available through apps on most devices – and best of all, they’re often cheaper than their physical counterparts. However, if your favorite method of creating a digital library is based on Barnes & Noble’s app or Amazon’s Audible, it looks like a change in Google Play’s policies will make it a little less convenient to grab the latest bestseller the next time you browse find B&N online bookstore.
As noted by The edge, a change in Google Play policies taking effect next week, means users of the Barnes & Noble Android app will no longer be able to purchase books through the in-app payment system. Amazon doesn’t get off scot-free — you can’t buy tracks on the latest Android version of the Audible app, either. The reason for this change is Google’s requirement that all apps must use its billing system, in part due to taxes on some app store purchases. It’s no secret that Google has been planning these changes regarding in-app purchases since September 2020. B&N and Audible have simply waited too long, even though Google has given retailers more time to prepare.
According to a page on Barnes & Noble’s website, it will affect users as follows: “From the 4 and the Nook HD 10″ Designed with Lenovo (…) Digital content can be purchased on BN.com using the account , which is registered with your NOOK account, which is then synced to your library.You can also add books to your wishlist from the app, which syncs to your wishlist on BN.com, making it easy to remember and buy your favorites be able.”
The situation is pretty much the same for Audible, however customers can still use their Audible credits in the app and also buy more credits – which could be a solid way to work around this issue for now. Another workaround might be not to update your Nook app, but it’s too late for users with automatic updates.
The Verge notes that Google recently announced a pilot program that actually allows developers to use their own billing systems, but there’s a catch — they have to offer Google’s billing system first. It will be interesting to see how this policy change impacts book sales and if it really has a noticeable impact on the active user base of either app.
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