A series of changes to Google Play’s policies have affected giant e-book sellers Barnes & Noble and Audible. According to The edgeAndroid users can no longer purchase ebooks from Barnes & Noble and Audible due to non-compliance with new Google Play policies.
Dates back to September 2020, Google announcement its new policies for developers on the Play Store. All apps published on the Google App Store must use Google Play’s billing systems based on these new rules. Of course, this was not a pleasant decision for many developers. They criticized Google for forcing them to use the company’s proprietary billing system. Apple also made a similar decision on its App Store.
The deadline for developers to comply with the new rules was September 30, 2021. However, Google decided to extend the deadline for another six months, to March 31, 2022.
According to the latest announcement from Barnes & Noble website“As of April 4, 2022, with the release of NOOK software version 6.1, the ability to purchase has been removed from the Barnes & Noble NOOK app for Android and the NOOK HD 10″ designed with Lenovo.”
Google forces developers to use its billing system
Google previously told all developers that they must use the company’s billing method or remove the alternative built-in billing system on their apps in order to comply with the payment policy. The removal of Barnes & Noble’s in-app purchase is the result.
However, Barnes & Noble isn’t the only ebook seller affected by Google’s new rules. Amazon’s Audible has also removed in-app purchases so it can keep its app in the Play Store.
Audible released a statement on his websitesaying: “As of version 3.23 of the Audible Android app for Google Play, purchasing titles with a debit or credit card in the app is no longer supported, whether you are a member or not. You can still buy titles on Audible.com.
Additionally, all new Audible subscription billing will go through Google Play’s billing system.