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  • On The Dark Matter Of The Publishing Industry Crunch Network

    On The Dark Matter Of The Publishing Industry

    Metaphors about textual dark matter or a “Shadow” ebook industry actually fail to capture the dramatic nature of what is happening. Perhaps it would be better to say that a new, parallel universe of publishing is forming, even as the old one starts to collapse. Read More

  • Oyster’s Sunset Shows Subscriptions Alone Won’t Address Challenges Of Ad Blocking Crunch Network

    Oyster’s Sunset Shows Subscriptions Alone Won’t Address Challenges Of Ad Blocking

    Oyster, the “Netflix for books,” made headlines last week when the company announced it was shutting down. News then broke that Oyster’s cofounders and CEO would be joining the Google Play Books team in what looked like a thinly veiled “acqui-hire.” This announcement raises some important questions about what it takes to survive, not just in the e-book business… Read More

  • E-Book App Oyster To Shut Down, Team Members Will Join Google Play Books

    E-Book App Oyster To Shut Down, Team Members Will Join Google Play Books

    E-bookworms now have one less option. Oyster, which launched its “Netflix for books” app two years ago, announced in a blog post that it will close down the service by early 2016. A Google representative confirmed that “much of the Oyster team is joining Google Play Books,” but didn’t give more details about their new roles. Read More

  • Oyster Expands Its “Netflix For Books” Service With A New E-Book Store

    Oyster Expands Its “Netflix For Books” Service With A New E-Book Store

    Oyster launched a couple of years ago as a Netflix-style service for e-books, charging $9.95 a month for unlimited access to a library that has grown to more than 1 million titles. Today it’s expanding that model by launching its own e-book store. To be sure, if you just want to buy e-books one-by-one, I hear there are a few places where you can already do that. However, co-founder and… Read More

  • E-Book Startup Oyster Hires Jeannie Mun As Its First CFO

    E-Book Startup Oyster Hires Jeannie Mun As Its First CFO

    Oyster, a Netflix-style service for e-books, has brought on its first chief financial officer, Jeannie Mun. Before joining Oyster, Mun spent a lot of time in the ad world, having recently served as CFO at ad company MediaMath, and before that working as vice president of finance and strategy at ad software company Operative. Read More

  • Oyster Brings The Harry Potter Series To Its Subscription E-Book Service

    Oyster Brings The Harry Potter Series To Its Subscription E-Book Service

    Oyster, which offers unlimited access to more than 1 million e-books for $9.95 a month, just announced it’s adding the Harry Potter series to its library. To do this, it’s partnering with the website Pottermore (which has been getting attention recently for publishing new, Potter-related stories from author J.K. Rowling). Read More

  • Publisher Macmillan Signs On With E-Book Subscription Services Oyster And Scribd

    Publisher Macmillan Signs On With E-Book Subscription Services Oyster And Scribd

    Macmillan, one of the “Big Five” book publishers in the United States, is making its titles available on subscription e-book services Oyster and Scribd, starting today. The news isn’t exactly a surprise, since Macmillan CEO John Sargent wrote in December that the publisher would be experimenting with the subscription business model. He didn’t name any partners or… Read More

  • How To Save Books Crunch Network

    How To Save Books

    It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was a time of triumph, it was a time of disaster, it was the publishing industry in 2014, just after mighty Amazon fired a new salvo in its war on traditional publishing by announcing its $10/month Kindle Unlimited book subscription service. At first glance this might seem useless and ridiculous: Read More

  • Oyster Brings Its Netflix For Books To Android

    Oyster Brings Its Netflix For Books To Android

    New York-based startup Oyster just released its reading app for Android devices — the app works on both phones and tablets, such as the Nexus 7 or Kindle Fire. As a reminder, Oyster is an unlimited subscription service for ebooks. For $9.95 a month, you get access to more than 500,000 books on your mobile devices. It’s a sort of Netflix for ebooks when it comes to the… Read More