Ebook Rental Service Oyster Hits Android

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I don't have the data to back this up, but I'd be willing to bet that "read more" makes it way into a lot of New Year's resolutions. Everybody wants to read more than they currently do, myself included, and since the advent of ebooks, it's become easier than ever. Now that ebook rental service Oyster is available for Android (it's been available for iOS since last year), it is once again easier than ever to read more.

Oyster has been called the "Netflix of ebooks," and while I find that a silly way to describe it, it certainly gets the point across. For $9.95 a month, you can access as many books as you'd like for the duration of your subscription. There's a big drawback, however, as Oyster - like Scribd, the other ebook rental service - only has Simon & Schuster and HarperCollins books in its library. They're considered two of the "Big Four," the other two being Random House and Penguin Group, so that's a lot of books that aren't available with the service.

That's also a lot of books that are available with the service, but Oyster's real value is dependent on how much you read. A newly-released ebook will frequently run you just over ten bucks, so the service is barely a value if you can only read one book in that time. For voracious readers that do a book a week, the amount you can save quickly adds up.

For certain people, this is definitely a great value. For others, this might be the thing that gets them reading more. It's the closest thing digital reading has to a traditional library and I hope Random House and Penguin Group jump on at some point.

via The Verge


Dylan Duarte is a freelance writer who's covered film, television, videogames, and of course tech! He's also an aspiring screenwriter and likes that watching movies is considered "work" because of it. You can follow him on twitter @dylanduarte, but be warned that it's mostly the nonsensical ramblings of a potty-mouth.

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