Oyster entices users to read with a free trial and iPad app
It has been one month since I’ve encountered Oyster, a startup company that offers buffet-style selections of books to iPhone owners for a monthly fee. Since the initial product rollout, the service has been slowly expanding with new titles. With a free, one-month trial and the introduction of its iPad app, Oyster makes reading that much more accessible. My inner bookworm and outer cheapskate couldn’t help but take them up on their offer.
My first reaction to Oyster’s service was that it would be painful to do any sort of long reading on the iPhone’s tiny screen. Even with the larger real estate of the iPhone 5, I still found it to be an annoyance to scroll through all of those pages. The alternative is to download the app on an iPad and use zoom, but this work-around doesn’t offer the comfort or aesthetic feel of a native app. Now that the Oyster is natively supported on the iPad, reading has never been easier.
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After signing in, Oyster will hit you up with some of its recommendations (most popular, editor’s picks, and spotlight categories) from which you can browse from or start searching by books or authors. The selection is quite good fo… [Read more]
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