Oyster: A Gorgeous New App Offering Unlimited Books for $9.95 a Month

By now, we’ve all gotten pretty used to not owning stuff—at least in the traditional, hold-it-in-your-hands sense. If you’re anything like me, your DVD collection stopped growing a few years back once Netflix and Hulu bolstered their offerings. And that CD storage stand (hell, even your iTunes account) has probably gathered dust thanks to Spotify and Rdio. But books? Turns out, we’re still content to pay $10 for a paperless novel that we’re not even certain we’ll like or finish. The publishing industry is among the last holdouts in the ongoing transition from owning media to accessing it through a monthly service, but that’s about to change with the launch of Oyster, an app released today for the iPhone that’s looking to transform the way you read and pay for books.

» via Wired

Oyster: A Gorgeous New App Offering Unlimited Books for $9.95 a Month

By now, we’ve all gotten pretty used to not owning stuff—at least in the traditional, hold-it-in-your-hands sense. If you’re anything like me, your DVD collection stopped growing a few years back once Netflix and Hulu bolstered their offerings. And that CD storage stand (hell, even your iTunes account) has probably gathered dust thanks to Spotify and Rdio. But books? Turns out, we’re still content to pay $10 for a paperless novel that we’re not even certain we’ll like or finish. The publishing industry is among the last holdouts in the ongoing transition from owning media to accessing it through a monthly service, but that’s about to change with the launch of Oyster, an app released today for the iPhone that’s looking to transform the way you read and pay for books.

» via Wired

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  2. midwayuponthisjourney reblogged this from teachingliteracy
  3. drinkm0rewater reblogged this from blueklectic
  4. piercedprep reblogged this from blueklectic and added:
    Wonderful concept. I still love a physical book though.
  5. femmescerek reblogged this from misandryad
  6. papermoonprod reblogged this from infoneer-pulse and added:
    Omg yes!!
  7. uniquely-portable-magic reblogged this from teachingliteracy
  8. stacig reblogged this from teachingliteracy
  9. close-to-the-knives reblogged this from notational and added:
    this is intriguing… essentially the privatisation of the public library
  10. abstraka reblogged this from emergentfutures and added:
    Book. Magical mind fruit.
  11. livingsmallblog reblogged this from notational and added:
    Only problem is that I HATE reading books on my phone. Do this on my tablet and I’m yours.
  12. queercunt reblogged this from blueklectic
  13. mulberryroad reblogged this from emergentfutures and added:
    A licensing arrangement. Netflix for books…oh brave new world.
  14. haleymbryant reblogged this from notational
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  16. elctrcldy reblogged this from emergentfutures and added:
    I’m not sure how I feel about this…
  17. notational reblogged this from emergentfutures
  18. hayleylearnsweb reblogged this from emergentfutures and added:
    This is great! Looks like the publishing world found a way into what the folks in the music world are already doing with...