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News from Oyster – All The Books, All in One Place: Introducing…

“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)

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SUBSCRIPTION BOOK SERVICE ADDS ‘HARRY POTTER’ SERIES

“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)

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Oyster, Scribd Add Macmillan E-books; Frontlist Grows

“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)

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Introducing The Oyster Review

“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)

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Introducing Oyster for Android

“Today, we’re excited to announce that Oyster is available on all Android devices, Kindle Fire, and Nook HD. Oyster for Android has been our number one request since we launched on iOS last year, so we couldn’t be happier to bring it to you.” (via Oyster HQ Blog)

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Over Half a Million Books — Now on Oyster

“In the fall of last year, we launched Oyster, delivering the first ever unlimited subscription service for books and giving readers access to over 100,000 titles from more than 500 publishers. Since then, we’ve grown our library by leaps and bounds—over 500,000 titles from more than 1,600 publishers. We reached half a million books over the past few months by signing lots of new publishers and expanding our relationships with existing partners. And we should mention that the number of pages read on Oyster is rather remarkable—over 100 million, and more pages read every second of the day (8 pages per second, in case you were curious). Well done, you!” (Oyster HQ Blog)

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Why Netflix Or Spotify For Ebooks Will Work

“Many publishing industry observers don’t think that Oyster or Scribd or any other “Netflix or Spotify for ebooks” will work in the consumer marketplace. Why? The rights issues are very complicated. Agents and authors may not go for it. Publishers may not go for it. Consumers may realize that it’s not worth their money. The list goes on.”

via Forbes)

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Oyster Opens to Public, Releases iPad App

“After launching in September with invitation-only access for the iPhone, Oyster, the New York-based subscription e-book service, is releasing its iPad app today and opening the service to public download with the offer of a free 30-day trial period. Oyster now offers complete access to an unlimited number of digital books for $9.95 per month on the Apple mobile platforms. Beginning today, consumers no longer have to wait for an invitation to join Oyster—the service used a soft launch to prepare for the process of scaling up to large numbers of users—and can now download the app from the App store and use it right away.” (via Publishers Weekly)

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Our dream library: Unlimited e-books for less than $10 a month

“Oyster has already established a compelling elevator pitch: “Netflix for books.” Pay a monthly fee, get access to an unlimited number of 100,000 titles available in Oyster’s app. The app is beautifully designed and certainly rivals that of Amazon’s Kindle and Apple’s iBooks version. But whether its business model is as much of a threat, and whether it lives up to the Netflix legacy it’s brought on itself, is another matter. Right now, the Oyster app is limited to an iPhone-oriented version, though iPad and Android versions are in the works. The app already adopts the iOS 7 design touches, with flat, delicately drawn icons and plenty of white space. When users first open the app, it asks them to pick five books to drive the first batch of recommendations.” (via Ars Technica)

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