Oyster Signs New Publishers, But is Still Limited to iPhone, iPad

Oyster's oyster logoApple-centric ebook subscription service gained several new publishers today. The two-year-old startup announced on Wednesday that they had signed new deals with Andrews McMeel, Globe Pequot Press, and New Word City, bringing their catalog to over 200,000 titles.

Oyster was one of the first startups to launch a subscription ebook service which focused on the general ebook market rather than a niche, but its early start is coming back to haunt the company.

Like its larger competitor Scribd, Oyster provides a buffet-style all you can read service. Readers pay $10 a month for access to and the ability to read as many ebooks as they like, including titles from Disney, HarperCollins, HMH, Open Road Media, and more. But unlike Scribd, Oyster is only available in the US and only on the iPad and iPhone. While Oyster does have an Android app planned, there's news on when it will be released or even if it is under development.

Scribd, as you may know, launched its service several weeks after Oyster. Building on its years of experience as a document-sharing site, Scribd offers a $9 buffet-style all you can read service which can be accessed from Android, iOS, and your web browser.

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader: "I've been into reading ebooks since forever, but I only got my first ereader in July 2007. Everything quickly spiraled out of control from there. Before I started this blog in January 2010 I covered ebooks, ebook readers, and digital publishing for about 2 years as a part of MobileRead Forums. It's a great community, and being a member is a joy. But I thought I could make something out of how I covered the news for MobileRead, so I started this blog."

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