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Microsoft Discontinues e-Book Reader, Lit Format

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Aug 22 – Aug 28, 2011 Edition Microsoft Discontinues e-Book Reader, Lit Format

LAVERGN, TN/AUTHORLINK NEWS/August 22, 2011–Microsoft last week announced the discontinuation of the Microsoft Reader effective August 30, 2012. This includes download access of the Microsoft Reader application. Users can continue to use the Microsoft Reader application and their .lit eBooks after full discontinuation on August 30, 2012. Distributor Ingram Content Group and Microsoft will continue to provide technical support until July 10, 2012.

At Microsoft’s request, Ingram will cease making .lit eBooks available for initial download on November 8, 2011. Users will still be able to re-download .lit eBooks from original links through August 20, 2012, but no new purchases can be made after November 7, 2011 (US).

If .lit is the only format currently submitted to Ingram, Ingram recommends replacing those files with industry standard EPUBs (http://idpf.org/epub) or PDF’s.

For questions or more information, contact an Account Manager at Ingram Content Group.