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Sometimes you hear about a new startup, and you think “wait, somebody must be building that already.” At least that’s what I thought when I heard about Oyster, a new app that gives members unlimited access to their library of books for a monthly fee. Actually someone has, sort of. Services like Booksfree and Bookswim are examples of a “Netflix for books”, but in the traditional Netflix sense: they send you hardcopies that you keep for as long as you want.
Oyster’s a little different. As one tech writer put it, they’re more like a Spotify for books, providing users digital access to their library from their mobile device. Amazon’s been dipping its toes in this water, but for now their Kindle book borrowing is very limited in scale. Oyster has some very experienced founders, and hopes to have their service launched soon. Somebody’s going to build this, right?