Binge on books with Oyster
Oyster, a digital book delivery service, began rolling out its iPhone app yesterday to selected subscribers with a buffet-style approach to books for $9.95 a month.
Taking its name from Shakespeare’s famous line in “The Merry Wives of Windsor” — “the world’s mine oyster” — the service targets the insatiable readers among us. Oyster managed to secure up to 100,000 titles and wrangled in publishers like Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Workman, Smashworld, and even one of the “Big Six” — HarperCollins.
The idea is nothing revolutionary from what some libraries are already offering and what Amazon has made available to their Prime Users ($79.99/yr). Amazon Prime members can already borrow digital books on PC and Kindle. The main difference is that on Prime, users may only check out one book a month, but Oyster lets you read as many as you want.
From our first glance, the service seems to offer some premium selections such as “Life of Pi,” the works of Michael Crichton, Jack London, and a couple titles from the Tolkien collection. There is even a social aspect with a book recommendation … [Read more]
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