Oyster brings all-you-can-read book subscription to Android

Dubbed the Netflix for books, Oyster is finally launching on Android after an iOS debut bringing with it an all-you-can-read subscription model. Voracious readers can subscribe to the service for $10 per month and read all the books that they want, including popular titles and new releases.

The app allows for offline reading so you can pre-download books if you'll be traveling afar with no Internet access. Oyster's library consists of 500,000 books where subscribers will have unlimited access.

Are you a voracious reader? Would this be a good service that you would use this summer to catch up on your reading?


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Oyster brings all-you-can-read book subscriptions to Android


Depends on your reading habits, I guess. I spend a lot more than $10 on books most months, and I I know tons of people who read a lot more than I do.

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I personally use the elibrary for most titles. I buy only stuff I'll read more than once, or certain authors I really want to support. Admittedly I sometimes have to wait before being get a title from the elibrary, but for me that's fine.

I don't know if I'd pay 10$ a month for this.

I use a couple. I live in Northern CA, so I tend to use the SF public library the most. It has several electronic book offerings. I tend to use Overdrive the most, but I haven't had time (nor inclination) to try Axis 360. I also use some other local public libraries electronic offerings as well.

CA has several other large electronic libraries (LA city and county) as well as the ones I have referred to above.

To use these libraries you need a library card. Usually this requires being a resident in the state the library is in, but check the libraries web site. All the libraries I use also require you to get the card physically at a library and they usually require you to renew the card periodically (SF is around 4 years to give an example.)

These libraries usually lend e books in a 3 week period. So if you need longer than that, you'll need to renew (which can not happen if a hold is on the book, which means you get added to the hold list.)

For me the electronic library is a godsend. I love reading, and now rather than reading what I owned and buying new books at a rate of 3-4 a month I read what I want and only buy what I really like.

I use overdrive media console to access ebooks from public libraries. What i want may not be immediately available but my queues are usually pretty deep and I never lack for something to read. Plus it's free.
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I just get books from the library, though for someone who is almost always on the move, this may be a great option!

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I am a "voracious reader"; rough;y 2 novels a week, or about 100 novels per year.

The problem I would have is with the selection of 550,000 books. Its way to narrow. Even if they said 5 million books I would wonder.

Having access to multiple sources of ebooks is a necessity. Amazon by itself is not sufficient. However, Amazon allows me to email any mobi formatted text to my account and have it available on all my devices.

I do not care for, or promote Amazon's use of DRM. However, until a service is available that can actually compete in availability and service options with them, they will continue to be my provider.