Oysterbooks is a New York City – based start-up that “offers unlimited access to over 100,000 books for $9.95 a month” for mobile devices. This dedicated digital subscription service for books rolled out the welcome mat just last September. The library is divided into fifteen different genres. You can search by title or or you can just browse through all the genres. There are recommended topics and you can follow friends who share what they are reading. It is currently only available for Apple products with an Android app becoming available next year.
Why is this better than your local public library? Ease of access for one thing. The other reason is that so far, unless it is an e-book, libraries do not provide a digital, unlimited subscription platform. Oyster has deals with the many of the heavy hitters in the publishing industry with more agreements to come – HarperCollins, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and many others – with more agreements to come.
Oyster gives you access to the junky beach reads you don’t want to purchase, to cookbooks you only want for one recipe and to books you’re curious about but don’t want to invest in. Since the books are on your iPad, iPhone or Android, no one knows that you’re reading Fifty Shades of Grey for the third time.
Oysterbooks is offering a free month trial subscription, which is a good deal. Try it out and see what you think.
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