Earlier this summer, I was contacted about Oyster, which many describe as the Netflix for books. Since I was going to be abroad all fall and would therefore primarily be reading ebooks, I was definitely intrigued. They offered me a three month trial to check it out for myself and I'm definitely impressed!
How do I properly describe Oyster? It's kind of like Kindle Unlimited - a service available for Amazon Prime users. For a fee, you can have free access to a bunch of titles. But there's a difference. Most of the Kindle Unlimited titles are self or indie published and I'm not sure I've ever seen many titles that interest me. On top of that, a lot of the titles are often usually on sale for $1 or $2 anyway. But with Oyster, it's a lot more book options and a lot more books I've heard of included in the fee - Oyster Unlimited titles to be exact.
Want an example? I went through my Goodreads and Amazon wishlists and looked for books on the app. And well...went a bit crazy. I found:
Some Like it Secret by Heather Long
Some Like It Easy by Heather Long
Summerset Abbey by T.J. Brown
What We Did for Love by Natasha Farrant
Sabriel by Garth Nix
A Novel Idea by Aimee Friedman
Liar by Justina Larbalestier
The Rules of Ever After by Killian Brewer
To Catch a Prince by Gillian McKnight
Valkyrie Rising by Ingrid Paulson
A Creature of Midnight by Rebecca Hahn
Women Heroes of World War II by Kathryn Atwood
When He Was Wicked by Julia Quinn
Marie-Therese, Child of Terror by Susan Nagel
Once a Princess by Johanna Lindsey
Lord of Scoundrels by Loretta Chase
Flawless by Carrie Lofty
A Lady's Lesson in Scandal by Meredith Duran
Doon by Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon
Major Crush by Jennifer Echols
Secret Desires of a Gentleman by Laura Lee Guhrke
She's No Princess by Laura Lee Guhrke
What a Duke Wants by Lavinia Kent
The Bride Price by Anne Mallory
By Royal Command by Mary Hooper
At the House of the Magician by Mary Hooper
The Barefoot Princess by Christina Dodd
Surrender to Me by Sophie Jordan
In Scandal They Wed by Sophie Jordan
Too Wicked to Tame by Sophie Jordan
What Matters in Jane Austen? by John Mullan
A Tale of Two Lovers by Maya Rodale
Bloodlands by Timothy Snyder
The Assassin's Curse by Cassandra Rose Clarke
The Bookstore by Deborah Meyler
Ladies in Waiting by Laura L. Sullivan
The Wild Irish by Robin Maxwell
That's a hell of a list, isn't it? It's incredibly varied, from YA to romance to non-fiction. A lot of their newer YA titles are the really popular ones, but they do still have plenty of older and more obscure YA, which I appreciate. Years of blogging have kind of put the backlist out of my mind, but now I have a bunch of options! The app is easy to use and seriously, the Unlimited list is AMAZING. Plus, a lot of books not available on Unlimited are still available for purchase.
On top of that, there's an extra step where you can make your reading experience 100% customizable - lighting, font, color, etc. It's an amazing opportunity to have a reading experience on your phone or tablet or computer that works best for you, your eyes, and your environment.
Oyster Unlimited is usually $9.95 a month, but the lovely people at Oyster have offered up the option for all of you to try Oyster yourselves. If you go through this link you can get 3 months of Oyster for .99. Think of all the books you can read!
AND, Oyster's also offering up one 12-month subscription to one of you readers! The giveaway is US only, since Oyster only currently works in the US, and only for people aged 13+. It closes in ONE week, so get to it!
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Meanwhile, I've got quite a bit of reading to do. Good luck!