Amazon has removed the option to buy books or pay for Kindle Unlimited subscriptions on the Android, according to an email it sent to customers. Customers will have to purchase on the web browser and then access the books through their application’s digital library.
Amazon Avoids Transaction Fees
The company said that the change is necessary to “”to remain in compliance with updated Google Play Store policies,” in an email exchange with CNET.
The reason for this change is because of Google’s policy that requires apps that use the Google Pay billing feature to charge customers for “in-app features and services.” In order to avoid paying the fee, Amazon is circumventing the process and having customers pay on a web browser.
While this may make it a hassle for some people to buy books via Kindle, it is nothing new. Many companies agree with Amazon and don’t want to pay Google or Apple a percentage of their profits.
It Costs to Play
Google takes a 15% of the transaction in the Google Play Store which was 30% in January. Any app that doesn’t comply by June 1st will be removed from the Google Play Store. When you try to purchase through the Kindle app, a message pops up saying that in-app purchases and rentals aren’t available. Instead, a link shows you how to buy on a web browser.
Expect more companies to follow this formula. Google and Apple want a pay for any purchase done by any app that is listed in their store. Apple has seen lawsuits emerge as a result and that may also be the case with Google.
What Do You Make of It?
What do you make of this change by Amazon? It is definitely cheaper than a lawsuit and finds a legal way of avoiding to pay Google. Should companies like Apple and Google have the authority to charge a transaction fee if the companies are listed in their app stores?