Amazon users on Android will no longer be able to purchase a Kindle e-book from the app. The change comes as Google enforces its new policy that app developers should use its Play Store billing system, instead of their own. It also means that app developers big and small can no longer avoid Google’s 30% tax on subscriptions, purchases sold through the app. It should be noted that on iOS, one cannot buy a Kindle e-book.
On iOS, if you click on the Kindle option for any book, the Amazon app only shows an option to download the sample. It says that this app does not support purchasing Kindle books. Users need to go to Amazon’s website to make the purchase directly. And Android users will now face
According to Ars Technica, who first spotted the change on Amazon’s Android app, it now displays a message saying, “Why can’t I buy on the app?” link instead of a buy button for e-books. It should be noted that Google’s new policy regarding the billing system comes into effect from June 1, and if app developers do not comply with it, their app may be removed from the Play Store.
Interestingly for India, we can still see the option to purchase Kindle e-books from the Android app. Note that for India, Google has extended the deadline until October 2022 for the implementation of the Play Store billing system. A Google spokesperson said at the time, “We are extending this until October 31, 2022 to provide developers in India with the product support required for recurring payments through convenient user payment systems, including UPI and wallets. , and also give them more time in light of changes to India’s Recurring Digital Payments Guidelines. »
This could explain why the Amazon app in India still supports the ability to pay for e-books, but given the direction the company has taken in the US, this may change in the future.
Meanwhile, other app developers in India remain unhappy with the decision to be forced to implement the Play Store billing system, given the 30% commission they will have to pay for transactions.