NEW YORK, April 8, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Oyster, the leading subscription service for books, today announced that it is introducing an ebook store on its platform. The launch—the most significant entrance into the retail book market of the past five years—includes all five of the largest book publishers in the US: Hachette, HarperCollins, Macmillan, Penguin Random House, and Simon & Schuster, and many more.
The new store allows readers, including non-subscribers, to purchase and read virtually any book from these publishers on Oyster, including all new releases and pre-orders.
"The growth of Oyster to date demonstrates the huge demand in the market for a product with design and user experience at its core, offering a totally new way to discover and read books," said Oyster CEO Eric Stromberg. "We know that readers want to see all of their options and access every book—subscription and retail—in one place. With this launch, we're pairing the best in subscription with the best in ebook retail to deliver a comprehensive offering for readers."
Since launching the first ebook subscription service in September 2013, Oyster has built a large and growing user base reading over 100 million pages each month, up from 8 million in December 2013. The company has also developed collaborative relationships with publishers and engaged with authors to shape a strong future for books together.
"Since the launch of its subscription service in September 2013, Oyster has shown itself to be an innovative player in the ebook market," said HarperCollins Chief Digital Officer Chantal Restivo-Alessi. "HarperCollins looks forward to growing its relationship with Oyster as it expands the choices it offers consumers."
In addition to purchasing ebooks from Oyster's new store, readers can also subscribe to Oyster's subscription service to access over 1 million titles for just $9.95 a month. Recent additions to the service include titles from Macmillan and the full Harry Potter series. Oyster will continue to expand the selection of books available in subscription as the company grows.
The launch of Oyster's ebook store underscores the company's focus on creating a beautiful and seamless product experience for discovering and reading books. Through a thoughtful and well-designed product for both retail and subscription, Oyster is delivering on its mission to connect readers with books they'll love.
Oyster is simply the best way to read books. Readers can buy ebooks in the store and subscribe to Oyster Unlimited for access to over 1 million titles.
With a beautiful all-in-one experience for discovering and reading books, Oyster connects readers to books they'll love and lets them read on the devices that already go everywhere with them. Readers get suggestions based on what they like and editorial recommendations from Oyster's critically-acclaimed books magazine, The Oyster Review.
Launched in 2013, Oyster is headquartered in New York City and is backed by Founders Fund and Highland Capital Partners. To join and learn more, visit oysterbooks.com or follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/oyster.
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