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Amazon stops selling e-books on Android app under new Google Play policy

San Francisco, May 7 (IANS): As Google prepares to require all app developers on the Play Store to comply with its new billing policy, Amazon is disabling digital book purchases through its Android app.

According to a report from ArsTechnica, users who plan to buy e-books on the Amazon app on Android are directed to a new screen that reads “Why can’t I buy on the app?”.

If you update the Amazon app, you will receive a notification that purchasing digital products on the Android app is unavailable.

Amazon removed support for purchasing e-books on iOS devices in 2011, in accordance with Apple’s App Store billing policies.

The Amazon app on Google Play Store now displays a pop-up that reads: “To maintain compliance with Google Play Store policies, you will no longer be able to purchase new content from within the app. You may create a playlist on the app and shop on the Amazon website from your browser.”

All app developers selling digital goods and services on Google Play must now use Google’s billing system and remove external payment links.

Non-compliant apps will not be able to offer updates and will eventually be removed from the Google Play Store from June 1, according to Google.

Many app developers around the world have used another in-app billing system or directed users to an external link for payment to circumvent Google’s billing policy that drastically reduces in-app purchases from 15 to 30 %.