Well, after only two years of operation, the e-book subscription service – Oyster – is “…taking steps to sunset the existing Oyster service over the next several months.”
Joining this site was something I had intended to do – wonder how many others meant to and didn’t – but never got around to. I’m trying out Kindle Unlimited and of course making maximum use of my local library resources for e-books, but Oyster held such promise.
According to the article in Publishers Weekly it appears that Google Books may be absorbing this service because staff members who worked at Oyster – including the CEO and co-founders - are moving over to work for Google. Here’s the link to the article:
Many wonder if Google Books has future plans for its own e-book subscription service. I haven’t explored Google Books yet but now it’s on my list of things to do, a list which never seems to shorten.
I’m a fan of competition that favors the consumer and with Oyster shuttering, or being absorbed by Google – if that is indeed what is happening – it’s not clear what this will mean for consumers. Google and Amazon are two very powerful companies so it will be interesting to see how all of this plays out.