Amazon no longer offers in-app purchases for Audible, Kindle, and Music on Android

If you use Amazon’s Kindle app on Android, you may have noticed that the software no longer offers the option to buy and rent ebooks or subscribe to the company’s Kindle Unlimited service. Amazon announced the change last month and recently began emailing customers to notify them of the move.

If you’re curious as to what’s going on, the change brings Amazon into compliance with a policy that Google is beginning to enforce . Starting next month, the company will require all developers to accept payments for “digital goods and services” through the . Previously, Amazon was among a handful of developers who were allowed by Google to use third-party alternatives to collect in-app payments. Instead of giving Google a commission for every ebook sold on Android, Amazon has decided to remove purchases altogether. It has done the same in its Audible and Music apps. In the US, Amazon does not offer Kindle in-app purchases Neither does iOS.

It’s worth noting that Amazon isn’t the only company that has stopped selling Android. In April e.g. removed direct purchase from the Android version of its Nook app. Some companies have legally challenged Google over the matter, with Tinder parent company Match Group taking action against the search giant in May.

There’s a chance direct buying could return to Amazon’s Kindle, Audible, and Music Android apps at some point in the future. In March, Google tests third-party billing systems. However, it’s unclear how quickly this pilot could be expanded to other companies.

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