I just discovered Oyster. Oh wow.
Oyster is a reading platform for e-books, downloadable across iPhones, iPads and iPods. It syncs between your devices, keeping track of where you’ve reached in your book. If you think this is nothing new, you’re correct. However, for a $9.95/month fee, you can “borrow” unlimited books from the Oyster library – the first month is even free! I’m in disbelief about this. Consider that purchasing an ebook for a Kindle from Amazon is around the $10 mark – super cheap, right? Especially when compared to paper books. But then, if you’re anything like me, you get sucked in and have suddenly spent $50 in one sitting on books for your Kindle. And this likely happens a couple of times a month – #guiltypleasure. Oyster takes the cost out of ebooks – break it down, and $9.95 a month is a whole lot cheaper than $100 every few fortnights. The other great thing is that if you don’t like a book, you’re not obligated to keep reading it and you haven’t wasted your hard earned clams on a bad book. It’s like Spotify, but for books.
I read a lot. Like, a lot a lot. And fast. I’ve been on holidays for right on two weeks and I’ve already knocked over 3 long books and am about a third of a way through a 4th. I spend wayyy too many clams on books and have so many I’m yet to acquire that I really really want to read. I find libraries really inconvenient (though it might be easier when I’m at uni again) – how does one get there without a car, and when working full time? As much as I love paper books, I also really have to get over this aversion to ebooks – I’m pretty sure an Australian version of Oyster would help out there. There are currently ver 100,000 titles available on the app. Crazy talk. There are more added all the time, from classics to new releases and bestsellers. There is a literally a book for everyone. I’m a bit amazed, if you can’t tell.
Alright, so I don’t live in the US or have a US based credit card, but Oyster is quite possibly one of the best and most innovative concepts I have seen in a very long time. You can bet your bottom dollar that when it lands in Australia, I’ll be signing up (shout out if you need help bringing it down under, friends at Oyster). Even though I typically read on my Kindle now, I do find myself reading from my iPhone while commuting from time to time. And if Apple eventually brings out an iRead type device – Oyster will smash it.
Would you use Oyster?