Oyster, a subscription service for e-books that launched two years ago, is calling it quits. The service’s founders announced in a company blog post Monday that it will move toward retiring the existing service in the next few months. The blog post did not give a reason for the closure but hinted that there were other ambitions for the service. “We believe more than ever that the phone will be the primary reading device globally over the next decade,” they wrote. “Looking forward, we feel this is best seized by taking on new opportunities to fully realize our vision for ebooks.” (via cnet)
“We have REALLY big news for you. We’re talking Infinite Jest big.1 Today, in addition to your Oyster subscription, you can also buy any book you could ever want in our brand new ebook store (including Infinite Jest!).With our new ebook store, virtually any book you can think of is available on Oyster, including all new releases and pre-orders like Harper Lee’s Go Set A Watchman and Jonathan Franzen’s Purity. And through our unlimited subscription service (now known as Oyster Unlimited), you still have access to the same million books—from Harry Potter to American Sniper—for the same monthly price.” (via Oyster HQ Blog)
“A leading e-book subscription service has added a top draw to its catalog: the “Harry Potter” series. Oyster announced Thursday that it had reached an agreement with J.K. Rowling’s representatives for rights to the seven Potter books, plus three Hogwarts Library stories.” (via The Associated Press)
“E-book subscription services Oyster and Scribd have added another big five publisher, announcing they both are adding 1,000 titles from Macmillan. Oyster now claims to offer over 1 million titles; Scribd claims more than 500,000, and both say the number of frontlist titles on their lists is growing. Macmillan joins Simon & Schuster and HarperCollins in offering titles through Oyster and Scribd as both services added such Macmillan authors as Ursula K. LeGuin, Mario Vargas Llosa, Michel Foucault, and Orson Scott Card.” (via Publishers Weekly)
“Editorial has always been a critical part of Oyster, from the very beginning when nearly our entire team stayed up late the night before launch curating lists to help our readers find the books they would love. Now we’re expanding that knowledge and passion for books with the launch of The Oyster Review, a new online publication from the editorial arm of Oyster.
We’re joining a rich history of literary conversation with a voice of our own, publishing original essays, reviews, humor pieces, and comics. If you’ve kept up with our Spotlight and Book of the Week features on this blog, you’ll now be able to find them over at The Oyster Review going forward. (Keep up with this blog for company news and events.)” (via Oyster HQ Blog)