January 20, 2014 Last Updated 7:58 am

eBook subscription service Oyster updates its reading app, adding notes and highlighting

Amazon issues bug fix update for its iOS Kindle reading app

The eBook subscription service Oyster, which recently received a large inclusion of new funding, updated its iOS reading app late last week.

Oyster-icon-sm2The update to Oyster – Read Unlimited Books brings to the app some of the same functionality one finds on the other digital book reading apps such as notes and highlighting. Here is the app description’s What’s New information:

What’s New in Version 1.2
Introducing Notes & Highlights!

We love writing in the margins and with this update, we’ve made that possible on Oyster. You can now highlight your favorite passages while reading and add notes to jot down your thoughts.

◇ Features ◇
· Press and drag over text to create a highlight.
· Tap on any highlight to add a note (emoji supported!).
· Return to your notes from anywhere in the reader.
· Share individual highlights to Facebook, Twitter, and more.
· Notes are private and are only visible to you.

◇ Other updates ◇
· General bug fixes and performance improvements.

Oyster, a week ago, announced that it had received $14 million in new funding from Highland Capital Partners.

Oyster’s model has been compared to Netflix, and is similar to Next Issue for magazines: for the subscription price of $9.99 the reader gains access to over 100,000 book titles for rent. The service currently works only on iOS devices, and publishers must use reflowable ePub for book files, and textbooks and periodicals are not accepted.

Amazon also issued an update to its iOS reading app late on Friday. The app, officially called Kindle – Read Books, eBooks, Magazines, Newspapers & Textbooks is a bug fix update which brings the app up to version 4.1.1.

The previous update brought some new features for students in the form of flashcards, though that feature only works on print replica textbooks.

Amazon got a jump on iOS 7 by issuing an app update in early September for the new mobile OS, but then issued a major update ten days later, version 4.0, to introduce a new design and added features.

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