Oyster, who has been deemed the “Netflix for Books,” because it offered a service where users can read as much as they want for a flat fee. Now, Oyster is offering a retail e-book store. Oyster has snagged services from the Big Five publishers: Hachette, HarperCollins, Macmillan, Penguin Random House and Simon & Schuster. This means it will be able to offer virtually any book to its subscribers and even non-subscribers.
Amazon has their own similar service called Kindle Unlimited, which gives subscribers over 800,000 titles for a fee of $9.99/month.
The downside? Not really a downside for me but if you’re a bit suspicious of these types of services, Oyster will share “valuable reader data” to publishers. This means that publishers will market their material to the audience they know will likely be interested in their books. I’m not an expert but I’m sure this is how Netflix recommends films based on what you’ve viewed.
What does all this mean? Well, for readers it can mean we now can read as much as we can for a small fee. It may be worth it. And competition is always good. Both Amazon and Oyster are fighting to improve their services for readers. Read on! Or you know, visit your library. Not only do they have tons of books, but they also have interlibrary loan and will get the book you want. Thought I’d throw that out there. 😉