Ever since Oyster launched their subscription-based reading app, which they winningly describe as “Netflix for books,” back in 2013, I’ve been meaning to give it a try. (And you’ve been asking for my thoughts—sorry to keep you waiting!) It’s all you can read, for $9.95 per month: subscribers gain instant access to over a million books in every genre from classics to new releases.
(The name Oyster was inspired by the famous Shakespeare line, “the world’s mine oyster,” because with the app, the world is yours for the reading. Bonus points if you can name that play.)
Right now, Oyster has agreements with three of the Big 5 publishing houses (Simon & Schuster, HarperCollins, and Macmillan). They just added Pottermore, which means you can read the 7 Harry Potter books and the 3 Hogwarts library books with the app. I signed up for a free trial a few weeks ago and was genuinely impressed with what I found.
I downloaded the app—which is accessible on iOS, Android, Kindle Fire, Nook HD, and the web—and promptly got down to reading. The app is easy to navigate, and my books looked good on my iPad and iPhone. (I usually don’t read books on my iPhone, but I forgot to bring a book along to an appointment last week, and was grateful I could continue reading my book-in-progress with Oyster’s easy syncing capability.)
If you know what you’re looking for, the search feature is easy to use. If you don’t know what you want to read, start with these popular titles, explore by genre, get personalized recommendations, or view curated lists.
For a subscription service, what I really care about is the selection. I put the app to the test by searching the app for my past and current favorites—the ones I find myself recommending all the time.
I adore these 9 books, but I easily could have listed 90 from the app.
Want to try it for yourself? Get your first thirty days for free by signing up here.
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I’d love to hear about the books YOU can’t stop recommending and/or your experiences with Oyster in comments.