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Oyster bites the dust

First, a biggie in the industry is about to go away. There's a service called Oyster that launched about 2 years. It offered unlimited books on an all you can eat monthly subscription model. For $9.95 each month, you had access to about 100,000 titles.

But now the company plans to sunset its services "over the next several months." The company is a bit vague on why they're folding, and there's a hint that there's something in the future, but no details.

"We believe more than ever that the phone will be the primary reading device globally over the next decade—enabling access to knowledge and stories for billions of people worldwide," Oyster writes on its blog. "Looking forward, we feel this is best seized by taking on new opportunities to fully realize our vision for e-books."

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Try these affordable e-book services

In the absence of Oyster, Scribd is another competitor operating in the same market space, charging $8.99 a month for unlimited reads. Amazon also has its own service called Kindle Unlimited at $10 a month.

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Of course, some people still love the tacit appeal of a physical book, but others love reading on a tablet or even a larger screen smartphone.

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