Kobo Books and Oyster update their book reading iOS apps
Kobo released their update for their universal iOS app today which contains new themes to customize the reading experience, as well as some performance improvements. The app description also mentions improved support for read-along books and page breaks. Prior to the update there were a few reader complaints about app crashes which this update presumably will fix.
Kobo, which is headquartered in Toronto, is owned by Rakuten, Inc. in Japan.
Oyster, the NYC start-up funded by Highland Capital Partners, is a subscription book service. It’s first app was released in August of last year, making it one of the newest players in the book reading space. The original app was for the iPhone only, with iPad support added in October. A series of bug fix and feature adding updates have followed, with the latest update bringing the app up to version 1.5.
The app, officially called Oyster – Read Unlimited Books, is a reading app only, as are most book reading apps – forcing readers to buy their books or services online, outside the app to avoid Apple’s 30 percent fee.
The latest update fixes a crash issue in Profile, and adds a new app introduction and sign-in improvements.
Oyster is often called the Netflix of books for its subscription model.