Amazon Surprises Readers and Publishers, Abruptly Shutters Canadian Newsstand for Unknown Reason

by Techvibes NewsDesk

Amazon is dismantling its Canadian newsstand. The move leaves readers without access to hundreds of digital newspapers and magazine previously purchasable from the company’s online store.

Quoth the Globe and Mail:

The company introduced a “Canadian storefront” for its users late last month, trumpeting the arrival of a Canadian site as an opportunity for users in this country to shop in their own currency and read books written by Canadian authors. But the site lacks some key features users have come to expect—including the newsstand section that sold digitized copies of the New York Times, Globe and Mail and Toronto Star, as well as magazines such as Wired and The Atlantic.

“Current subscriptions will be cancelled and refunded,” a spokesman at the company’s Canadian public relations agency Sonic Boom Creative Media told the paper. According to the Globe and Mail, he couldn’t answer questions about why the decision was made or whether the newsstand will ever be revived.

It was little more than a niche offering, but Canadians paid far less for Kindle publication subscriptions than their printed, physically shipped counterparts. The strangest component of Amazon's decision is that it didn't notify any publishers of the move in advance.

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