Are Changes Coming to Google Play Books?

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Oyster is a digital ebook subscription service that operates much like Netflix. If you think that’s a cool idea, you’ll have to try an alternative—like Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited program—because Oyster is closing shop. Many of the company’s top execs are headed over to Google Play Books, where they could very well help Google launch its own ebook subscription service:

Google is resistant to the notion that it bought Oyster. But sources said it will end up paying investors, who put a reported $17 million into the company, for the right to hire some of its staff.  In other words, this is an acquire.


Kelly Lynn Thomas reads, writes, and sometimes sews in Pittsburgh, PA. Her creative work has appeared in Sou’wester, Thin Air Magazine, Heavy Feather Review, metazen, and others, and she received her MFA in Creative Writing from Chatham University. She is hopelessly obsessed with Star Wars and can always be found with a large mug of tea. She also runs the very small Wild Age Press. Read more at kellylynnthomas.com. More from this author →