February 17, 2015 Last Updated 7:27 am

Digital bookstores and newsstands, Oyster, Kindle, Magzter issue updates

More updates: Microsoft updates its iOS apps for its Office suite – Excel, PowerPoint and Word – to add support for Apple’s iCloud

The Apple App Store and Google Play stores are back online today following the Presidents Day holiday in the states, and new apps and updates are slowly being released into the stores. Today several digital bookstores updated their apps, as well as a major productivity suite.

The digital book service Oyster today issued a major update to its iOS and Android apps.

HTC-One-Oyster“Oh man. This is a big release,” the app descriptions read. “So big in fact that we had to give it a “10.” And it’s just in time for you to hide yourself in a blanket fort for the last few months of frigid winter (readers in warmer climates, please send sunshine to us on the frozen isle of New York).”

The updates brings the app up to version 1.10 and adds book reviews, author spotlights, interviews, as well as curated book recommendations and features.

Some of the recommendations are based on the time of day, the app says, such as sections like “Sunday Night Short Stories” and “Books for after Dark.”

“We’re also rolling out recommendations tailored based on the time of day and day of week, because what you want to read during a relaxing Sunday at home is probably very different than during the fifteen minutes on your commute,” Oyster said on its own blog.

Amazon has also issued an update for its own eReading app Kindle. The minor update involves bug fixes.

Magzter, which in the past year has added books to its offerings, updated its app. Magzter – Magazine & Book Store is now at version 4.0.1 and has added magazine search to every page, fixed some bugs, and says it has improved Facebook integration.


Microsoft updated its suite of Office apps for iOS today. Each of the apps – Excel, PowerPoint and Word – has added iCloud support.

The update brings the apps to version 1.6, the previous update adding a month of free service for signing up for an Office 365 subscription.

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