Oyster Hits 500,000 Book Milestone, Says Fifth Largest U.S. Ebook Retailer for Some Publishers

Subscription ebook service Oyster has reached 500,000 titles in its catalog that users pay $9.95 a month to access, including 10,000 new titles from HarperCollins, according to a press release.

Oyster now has 1,600 publishing partners and claims to be, for some the fifth largest ebook retailer in the U.S. Oyster founder and CEO Eric Stromberg said that some publishers are reporting this to the company. The fact that HarperCollins, the only publisher among the world’s largest to supply ebooks to Oyster, has added more titles to the Oyster catalog is a vote of confidence in how the service is working for publishers, Stromberg added.

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[Press Release]


Ebook Subscription App Expands Partnership with HarperCollins and Adds More Than 500 New Publisher Partners

Oyster, the unlimited ebook subscription service, today announced their library of ebooks has reached more than 500,000 titles, including best sellers, award-winners and popular series. The milestone comes after an expanded partnership with HarperCollins to add 10,000 new titles from the publisher to the app, in addition to newly inked deals with more than 500 publishers. Oyster now features more than 1,600 publishing partners.

“Our goal at Oyster has always been to provide the best reading experience in the world for our subscribers. Achieving that goal requires not only a well-designed reading experience, but also building the best and most diverse content library possible,” said Eric Stromberg, Co-Founder and CEO at Oyster. “We’re thrilled to make this latest update to our library and deliver new titles from the world’s greatest publishers and authors.”

Newly available titles from HarperCollins include Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter, The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin, American Gods by Neil Gaiman, and many others.

With a continued effort to provide readers a robust variety of literary options, new publisher partners for Oyster include McSweeney’s, Chronicle, Grove Atlantic, Wiley and many more. These highly regarded publishing houses boast acclaimed titles such as Sex and The City by Candace Bushnell, How Music Works by David Byrne, It Chooses You by Miranda July, A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole, Boo (The World’s Cutest Dog) by J.H. Lee, Black Hawk Down by Mark Bowden, and series including Time Out Travel Guides and For Dummies reference books.

Oyster is currently available on iOS devices including iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch for $9.95 per month. Readers can visit oysterbooks.com to start a 30-day free trial.

About Oyster
Oyster is the world’s leading subscription service for ebooks. For one low monthly price members can read more than 500,000 titles on iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch. Titles include New York Times bestsellers, award winners, and new releases from more than 1,600 distinguished publishers. Launched in 2013, Oyster is headquartered in New York City.

2 thoughts on “Oyster Hits 500,000 Book Milestone, Says Fifth Largest U.S. Ebook Retailer for Some Publishers

  1. Paige Doyle

    Whatever upbeat press releases it might get sent DBM needs to get some \Cop on\.

    Oyster is still only an iPhone product with no distribution whatsoever on Android or Kindle. The questions which need to be answered are not how many books but how many subscribers. To take but one example Amazon’s Prime offers far more books plus a video service and through Kindle they own one of the major distribution channels and it comes in at less $ a month without any need for a download.

    This is where Oyster stands: https://www.oysterbooks.com/android

    No future. Almost certainly dead in the water.

  2. Robert Gottlieb

    This type of subscription service should be a major concern to authors. It places no limit on how many books can be purchase for a small fee and publishers are taking the lion share of the income.

    Many publishers voiced concerns over Amazon lowering the cost of books yet they are getting on a band wagon with Oyster and lowering the bar to a point where author’s works are virtually being given away.

    Each author or their estate is a business and they should be consulted before such arrangements are being made.

    I also question if publishers actually have the right to enter into subscription services such as Oyster. They are not book clubs and there are no provisions in publishing agreements for such business models.

    Authors and agents should be seriously concerned about subscription services.

    Robert Gottlieb
    Trident Media Group, LLC
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