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Friday, September 25, 2015

Say It Isn't So!

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.

Stay tuned.


  1. Amazon is a disappointment to me, especially after Kindle Unlimited started and the royalty rates changed for borrows. Getting a book done is tough enough, but getting it to the public and making any kind of money, is even tougher!

  2. That's so true, Morgan. Many hats for a writer to wear these days. And some don't fit as well as others.