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Oyster: A Spotify For Books

Fast Company – 2012-10-11

Oyster, a fledgling mobile service for Spotify-style on-demand books, has raised $3 million in funding led by Peter Thiel's Founders Fund. Oyster, which is still a work in progress, will let users of...

Oyster, a Netflix for e-books, is promising to rival Apple, Amazon

Los Angeles Times – 2013-09-06

Netflix did it with movies. Spotify did it with music. And now a New York start-up hopes to do the same with e-books.    

Heads up, bookworms! Oyster is Netflix for books

Crains New York – 2013-09-06

The all-you-can-eat Netflix model of media consumption is now available for e-books.Oyster, a year-old Flatiron-district startup with $3 million in backing, launched its iPhone e-reading application...

With Oyster, Keep 100,000 Books In Your Pocket For $10 A Month

Fast Company – 2013-09-06

Whether for movies, music, or magazines, the all–access model has proven it's here to stay. Now, what Spotify has done for music and Netflix has done for movies, a startup called Oyster is...

Oyster: A Gorgeous New App Offering Unlimited Books for $9.95 a Month

Wired – 2013-09-05

Can a Spotify-like service created by ex-Googlers shake up the publishing industry?    

Oyster Book Subscription App Launches to Laudatory Reviews

The Atlantic Wire – 2013-09-06

Oyster wants to be the Netflix of books, with an iPhone app that offers unlimited access to a library of 100,000 titles for $9.95 a month.    

Oyster: The Netflix Of Books

The Huffington Post – 2013-09-06

Oyster, an app launched yesterday by a trio of self-proclaimed bookworms, is already being called the "Netflix for books." That's a lofty moniker, but the app may just live up to the hype - it offers...

Oyster offers all-you-can-read ebooks for $10 per month

PC World – 2013-09-06

A startup called Oyster wants to become your “Netflix for e-books.”

Oyster Shows Promise, But Overlaps Too Often With Daily Deals

Publishing Perspectives – 2013-09-10

In using Oyster for several days now, we're impressed but find all too often the selection overlaps with books previously available during flash sales.

Oyster Offers Access Instead of Ownership

Publishers Weekly – 2013-09-20

Launched a little over a week ago with much media fanfare, Oyster is a New York City–based e-reading startup that offers consumers an all-you-can-read e-book subscription model for $9.95 a month.

Oyster, the Netflix of e-books, arrives on the iPad

Los Angeles Times – 2013-10-16

After launching last month for the iPhone, Oyster, a Netflix-like app for reading e-books, is available for the iPad.    

Oyster's subscription e-book service launches on iPad, goes invitation-free

Engadget – 2013-10-16

Oyster's unlimited e-book service has been more of an exclusive club so far; you've had to read on an iPhone, and request an invitation just to get in. Both of those barriers are disappearing today....

Here’s how much Smashwords authors will get paid through ebook subscription service Oyster

GigaOM – 2013-10-26

Smashwords authors who make their ebooks available through ebook subscription service Oyster will get 60 percent of their book's list price if an Oyster user reads at least 10 percent of it.

ePubDirect partners with Oyster

The Bookseller – 2013-11-18

E-book distribution business ePubDirect has partnered with book subscription service Oyster....

Start-up Oyster raises $14m

The Bookseller – 2014-01-14

E-books subscription start-up Oyster has raised $14m in investment in a deal with Highland...

With $14 million raised, Oyster plans to expand its Netflix-for-books offerings

GigaOM – 2014-01-15

Offering a library of books for $9.95 per month, Oyster will get an expansion thanks to a big influx of cash.

Highland Capital Partners leads $14m investment round in e-reading startup Oyster

Boston.com – 2014-01-15

Oyster, a New York-based startup that offers unlimited access to books for e-reading consumers, has raised $14 million in a round led by Highland Capital Partners, a venture capital firm with offices...

Oyster launches children’s vertical, signs Disney deal

The Bookseller – 2014-02-12

US e-books subscription start-up Oyster is rolling out a new children’s vertical this week...

Oyster now offers all-you-can-read children's books, including Disney titles

Engadget – 2014-02-13

Got a kid with an insatiable appetite for books? You may want to sign up for Oyster, then. The subscription e-book service has just launched a children's section, giving young readers all the titles...

Oyster, Perseus Ink Pilot E-Book Deal

Publishers Weekly – 2013-12-19

Oyster, the e-book subscription service launched this year, has reached a deal with the Perseus Books Group to launch a pilot program offering 100 Perseus titles through the Oyster subscription...

Oyster Raises $14 Million More

Publishers Weekly – 2014-01-14

Oyster, the recently launched e-book subscription service, has raised $14 million in its latest funding round. The new funding was led by Highland Capital Partners and includes participation from the...

Perseus Adds 4,000 Titles to Oyster

Publishers Weekly – 2014-03-18

The Perseus Book Group is expanding its agreement with Oyster, the e-book subscription service, and will make an additional 4,000 titles available to Oyster subscribers.

8 Ways Oyster Books Can Rule the Ebook Subscription Market

Publishing Perspectives – 2014-03-25

In the six months since its debut, the $14 million Oyster ebook subscription platform has yet to take off. What's lacking? What could be improved? We advise.

Oyster Offers Spritz Speed Reading Technology

Publishers Weekly – 2014-04-18

Subscription e-book service Oyster is teaming with Spritz, the speed-reading venture, to offer Stephen Covey’s self-help bestseller, "The 7 Habits of High Effective People," for free in the Spritz...

Oyster Signs Three

Publishers Weekly – 2014-04-24

The e-book subscription service announced new partnerships with Andrews McMeel, Globe Pequot Press, and New Word City.

Oyster, the Netflix of e-books, now offers more than 500,000 titles

Los Angeles Times – 2014-05-08

Oyster, an iPhone and iPad app that gives users unlimited access to its catalog of e-books for $9.95 per month, announced that it now has more than 500,000 titles available on its service. The New...

Oyster Adds 500 Publishers

Publishers Weekly – 2014-05-08

Subscription e-book service Oyster announced that it has added about 500 new publisher partners and its library of e-books has increased to more than 500,000 titles, including an expanded partnership...

S&S Adds E-Book Backlist to Oyster, Scribd

Publishers Weekly – 2014-05-21

Simon & Schuster has reached an agreement with subscription e-book services Oyster and Scribd to make 10,000 of its backlist e-books available to subscribers. This is S&S’s first time offering its...

Oyster, the Netflix of e-books, is expanding

Los Angeles Times – 2014-06-18

Oyster, the e-book subscription service, has launched a new version of its app that is available for Android devices as well as Amazon Kindle Fire and Barnes & Noble Nook tablets.

Oyster Brings Subscription Service to Android

Publishers Weekly – 2014-06-17

Its library of more than 500,000 titles is now available on all Android devices.

Amazon, Oyster Battle for Ebook Dominance

Boston.com – 2014-07-25

Oyster, which offers an ebook subscription service similar to Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited, announced the launch of its web and mobile web reader Thursday.

Oyster Now Available Via the Web or Mobile Browser

Publishers Weekly – 2014-07-24

Subscription e-book service Oyster is expanding its platform, offering subscribers access to the website through any web browser.

Oyster Looks Back at a Year of E-book Subscription

Publishers Weekly – 2014-09-15

A year after its launch, e-book subscription service Oyster, has added tens of thousands of titles, scores of new publishers and appears to be attracting more subscribers.

Oyster magazine: the best covers from 20 years in pictures

The Guardian – 2014-09-18

Australian fashion magazine Oyster is celebrating its 20-year anniversary with an all-Australian issue, including photographers, stylists, models and interviewees. Contemporary art photographer Bill...

Oyster Adds Book List Recommendations

Publishers Weekly – 2014-11-04

E-book subscription service Oyster is adding a Book Lists feature to expand its ability to offer book recommendations to readers.

Oyster Debuts Online Literary Journal

Publishers Weekly – 2014-11-20

Oyster, the e-book subscription service, is launching the 'Oyster Review,' an online literary journal that will publish original material on books and writing.

Bloomsbury signs with Oyster in US

The Bookseller – 2014-12-19

E-book subscription service Oyster has signed up Bloomsbury as its latest publisher. The US service will now offer more than 1,000 titles published by Bloomsbury in the US, including Anthony...

Oyster Adds 1,000 Bloomsbury Titles

Publishers Weekly – 2014-12-19

E-book subscription service Oyster is adding 1000 books from Bloomsbury to its inventory of titles.

Oyster, Scribd Add Macmillan E-books; Frontlist Grows

Publishers Weekly – 2015-01-13

Oyster and Scribd add Macmillan backlist e-books in addition to a growing list of frontlist titles.

Macmillan US joins Oyster and Scribd

The Bookseller – 2015-01-14

Macmillan US has become the third large publisher to enroll e-books in the Oyster and Scribd subscription services. The publisher revealed it is adding 1,000 backlist titles to both platforms today...

Macmillan titles come to Oyster and Scribd's e-book subscription services

PC World – 2015-01-13

Knock another major publisher off the list of holdouts for e-book subscription services. Oyster announced Tuesday morning that it had reached an agreement with Macmillan to bring 1,000 titles from...

Oyster Starts 2015 Off With Two Big Announcements

Publishing Perspectives – 2015-01-15

Oyster, a book subscription service in the United States, has kicked off 2015 with two major announcements, including offering more than 1 million books. The post Oyster Starts 2015 Off With Two Big...

Oyster Announces Partnership With Pottermore To Offer Harry Potter Series

The Huffington Post – 2015-01-28

What is Spotify without Taylor Swift? Netflix without Friends? Oyster without Harry Potter? While Taylor Swift fans still find cold comfort in their Spotify Premium accounts, the last two ordeals,...

Oyster Adds Harry Potter

Publishers Weekly – 2015-01-28

All seven Harry Potter books as well as the Hogwarts Library, the three additional books Rowling wrote about the Harry Potter world, are now available on Oyster.

Pottermore first for Oyster

The Bookseller – 2015-01-29

E-book subscription site Oyster has partnered with Pottermore to make all 10 Harry Potter-related titles available via a subscription service. The offering, only available in the US, includes the...

'Harry Potter' comes to Oyster's all-you-can-read book service

Engadget – 2015-01-28

If you're the sort of Harry Potter fan who can't help but read the series again and again, Oyster has a treat in store. The all-you-can-read subscription service has teamed up with Pottermore to...

Oyster Adds E-book Retail

Publishers Weekly – 2015-04-08

Oyster, the e-book subscription service launched in 2013, has added a retail component to its business. It is now offering more than a million e-books for sale, including titles from all of the Big...

Oyster launches e-book store

The Bookseller – 2015-04-09

Oyster has launched an online e-book store in the US. The subscription company, which started out in September 2013 charging $9.95 a month for unlimited e-books, has now expanded into online retail,...

Oyster breaks out of its subscription shell, targets Amazon with e-book store

PC World – 2015-04-08

E-book subscription service Oyster has opened an online book store, a move that pits the young company against heavyweight Amazon.Oyster’s ebook store has the support of the top five publishers in...

Oyster, a Netflix for books, will take on Amazon with new e-bookstore

Crains New York – 2015-04-09

Oyster, the subscription e-book startup that has been slowly persuading publishers to embrace the Netflix model for books, has now ventured into the e-book retail business: On Wednesday, the... To...

Oyster hopes you'll buy the books its subscription doesn't cover

Engadget – 2015-04-08

Oyster's all-you-can-read subscription service includes a lot of books, but it doesn't cover everything that piques your curiosity. In many cases, you still have to buy those titles that slip through...

Oyster, The "Spotify For Books," Is Taking On Amazon With E-Book Sales

Fast Company – 2015-04-08

Known for its unlimited e-book subscription service, Oyster is wading into the crowded e-book market against Amazon and Barnes & Noble.Oyster, which has carved out its own subscription niche in...

Oyster Launches E-Bookstore

The Wall Street Journal – 2015-04-09

Subscription book service Oyster launched an e-bookstore Wednesday that will allow consumers to purchase titles on an a la carte basis.

Startup Oyster signs big publishers for e-bookstore

Yahoo! News – 2015-04-08

Subscription e-book service Oyster announced Wednesday it has signed all five major publishers for its new US online bookstore, a move which could ramp up competition against Amazon. Oyster, which...

Oyster Debuts Lumin to Ease E-Reading Eyestrain

Publishers Weekly – 2015-06-17

E-book subscription service Oyster has developed Lumin, a new feature available via its app that automatically adjusts the light emitted from mobile screens to ease eyestrain and prevent sleep...

The Oyster War: Part 2 - Fiction As Fact

The Huffington Post – 2015-08-26

Several weeks ago, I posted on this blog a short review of the new book "The Oyster War" by Summer Brennan focusing on several important factual errors in her account. Since the book was published,...

Oyster Is Shutting Down Operations

Publishers Weekly – 2015-09-21

The e-book subscription service announced on its blog that it is shutting down its operations over the next few months.

Google snaps up staff from Oyster's soon-to-close e-book service

Engadget – 2015-09-22

Oyster's experiment with a Netflix-like subscription service for e-books appears to be coming to a close... at least, in its current form. The startup is warning customers that it will shut...

Oyster, the Netflix of e-books, is shutting down

PC World – 2015-09-22

The world of ebook subscription services lost one of its earliest proponents late Monday evening, when Oyster—the so-called “Netflix of ebooks,” which also recently opened an online book...

A eulogy for Oyster, the indie ebook startup not afraid of Amazon

GigaOM – 2015-09-22

Ebook subscription service Oyster is dying, and it's taking my hope of avoiding Amazon right along with it. The reading service debuted in 2013 and raised $14 million in January 2014…

E-Book App Oyster Is Closing Shop As Google Hires Its Cofounders

Fast Company – 2015-09-22

Oyster, an e-book subscription service inspired by Netflix and Spotify, is shuttering—and Google has scooped up its top execs.Oyster, the e-book subscription service and would-be Amazon competitor,...

‘Netflix for Books’ Startup Oyster Is Shutting Down

Wired – 2015-09-23

Most of the e-book startup's team is reportedly moving to Google. The post ‘Netflix for Books’ Startup Oyster Is Shutting Down appeared first on WIRED.

End of story at Oyster, e-book subscription startup

Yahoo! News – 2015-09-22

Oyster, the startup seeking to be the "Netflix for e-books" by offering unlimited reading for a monthly fee, says its story is coming to an end.

Ebook Sub Service Oyster Closing Shop, Google Takes Its Talent

Publishing Perspectives – 2015-09-23

Oyster, one of the first and most prominent ebook subscription services, is shutting down, with much of its team moving on to Google Play Books. The post Ebook Sub Service Oyster Closing Shop, Google...

Bookmate CEO says “Publishers Killed Oyster”

Publishing Perspectives – 2015-09-23

"It is the publishers that killed Oyster, where there was never much interest in seeing it succeed," says Simon Dunlop, CEO of Russia-based Bookmate. The post Bookmate CEO says “Publishers...

Oyster's business model was 'deeply flawed'

The Bookseller – 2015-09-25

The chief executive of e-book subscription service Bookmate has said Oyster was "killed" by publishers who feared the challenge it posed to their existing e-book business models. Following the...

After Oyster, What's Next for E-Book Subscriptions?

Publishers Weekly – 2015-09-25

The shuttering of Oyster, "the Netflix of books," raises questions about the sustainability of the e-book subscription model.

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