Oyster Now Offers Six Months Free Subscription

Oyster Now Offers Six Months Free Subscription Streaming eBooks Subscriptions Still on the fence on the idea of a subscription ebook service? Oyster has 6 reasons why you might want to sign up with them.

A reader has tipped me to an unannounced special offer from Oyster. If you know where to look on their website, new subscribers can now get a free 6 months trial which will automatically roll over into Oyster's $10 a month service.

The offer probably won't be good for more than a few hours after Oyster reads this post, but those who sign up will have access to a catalog of 500,000 plus titles, including ebooks from Simon & Schuster and HarperCollins. The ebooks can be read in your web browser, or in Oyster's apps for Android and iDevices.

Update: And now the offer requires a user specific promo code. That was not there when I saw this yesterday. I guess this means that the offer is going to be made a select few.

And so it seems this market is heating up. Oyster is not the first to offer a trial subscription (Scribd has repeatedly offered a 3 month free trial) but the Oyster offer is considerably more generous than the Scribd deal, or the Kindle Unlimited free trial - that's only good for 30 days.

What do you think of the deal? Is this enough to get you to sign up?

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Thanks, James!

About Nate Hoffelder (10067 Articles)
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."

17 Comments on Oyster Now Offers Six Months Free Subscription

  1. This looks like a great offer but the link requires a promotion code. Any idea what that is?

  2. Nate, I followed the link above past a welcome screen to the form that asks for the usual info including credit card but also requires a promotion code. I tried leaving it blank but no luck, it wouldn’t go through. Guess they want me to stay with Scribd. 🙂

  3. Generous trial subscriptions hint at low tryout rates, no?

    How would an ordinary person on the street even find out about most of these services, anyway?
    KU gets plenty of play at Amazon but what about the others?
    Are they advertising in magazines or anywhere else?

    The only places I hear of them are on enthusiast sites like this…?

  4. Sorry for my poor english 🙂

    It is awful oyster does not allow searching for titles or authors in its database. How can they expect we try their service? typing our of credit card code ?
    It is not a sensible marketing policy . is it?

    • Hi Vicente,

      Sorry for the confusion! You’ll be able to search our library at https://www.oysterbooks.com/search

      If you have any other questions, feel free to reach out to us at [email protected]

      – Ben, Team Oyster

      • It took me 15 minutes of going everywhere on your website to find the search. It also showed that it would cost me $$ to read/buy a book, then after going to the Author’s name and searching that way, it showed the book is also included in the $9.99 month subscription. Now that I’ve seen these posts, quite by accident after googling to find out where you’re actually located, I found this thread. The only thing I was able to do easily was give you my credit card info for the free trial. Your referral chart that’s in $10 increments up to $50 makes no sense….one gets and gives a $15 credit, so why is the chart in $10 increments? and is there a limit of $50? That can’t be, obviously, because $50 cannot be divided by $15. Maybe you shouldn’t be advertising all the perks you guys give your employees and spend some time making your website more user-friendly and more intelligently formatted.

  5. Does anyone have promocode fro Oyster?

  6. Hi there—sorry for any confusion!

    This was a special offer for those who purchased a tablet through QVC. If you’d like to try Oyster, we do have a free trial you can sign up for at oysterbooks.com/join. Feel free to email us at [email protected] if you have any questions—we’d love to have you on board.

  7. I am subscribed to Scribd. I checked out Oyster and foun that searches come up with too many titles that are for sale. Sticking with Scribed.

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