Oyster rolled out a new update for their iPad and iPhone app yesterday. The app, which lets subscribers read an unlimited number of ebooks for only $10 a month, gained a number of features which should make it easier for readers to find their next book.
In addition to layout and typography improvements, the app now enables users to look at a book's details and see which other Oyster users have read, rated, or saved the title to their reading list. The menus have also been redesigned to focus more on recommending titles, and there's also a brand new “Explore” tab that enables readers to browse Oyster's library by genre.
Oyster was the first of the ebook subscription services to launch last Fall. They got a lot of positive press, but they were soon supplanted by Scribd when the latter launched its competing service a few weeks later. While Oyster offers around 100,000 titles which can be read on the ione and iPad, Scribd now boasts a catalog of over 300,000 titles which can be read in your web browser as well as on Android, the iPad, and the iPhone.