Oyster hopes you’ll binge on books the same way you gorged on the last season of Arrested Development.
This morning, the e-book subscription company opened to the public — no more invites necessary. It also launched an iPad app, which features a dark user interface that’s ideal for nighttime browsing (it certainly looks pleasant at a glance). Previously, the app was only available on iPhone, which probably turned off some serious readers.
Oyster offers access to a library of more than 100,000 in-copyright e-books for $9.95 a month. To get readers hooked on the service, it’s now offering a one-month free trial, much like Netflix (and basically every other subscription service).
Oyster competes with Scribd’s e-book service, which has been up and running since January. But two weeks ago Scribd launched a full-fledged subscription service for $8.99 a month and announced a partnership with HarperCollins — one of the five major book publishers — that gives Scribd access to the majority of the publisher’s back catalogue. Scribd also offers support for Android devices.
Oyster raised a $3 million funding round led by Founders Fund last November. It also offers some HarperCollins titles, but not as many as Scribd.
VentureBeatVentureBeat's mission is to be a digital town square for technical decision-makers to gain knowledge about transformative technology and transact. Our site delivers essential information on data technologies and strategies to guide you as you lead your organizations. We invite you to become a member of our community, to access:
- up-to-date information on the subjects of interest to you
- our newsletters
- gated thought-leader content and discounted access to our prized events, such as Transform 2021: Learn More
- networking features, and more