September 22, 2015 Last Updated 8:30 am

Oyster alerts customers that book service will be shuttered, report says staff to be hired by Google

The Oyster book service, which just updated its app last week, will be shutdown, according to a blog post on the company’s website.

Oyster-logo-330Updating a previous blog post, the company said “we will be taking steps to sunset the existing Oyster service over the next several months. If you are an Oyster reader you will receive an email personally regarding your account in the next few weeks. We look forward to sharing more details soon, but rest assured, your account will continue to operate normally in the meantime. If you’d like to request a refund, please contact us at”

It’s an odd end to a eBook service, but one probably so odd because it may not really be the end. Re/code reported yesterday that Google may have hired most of the staff for its Google Play Books. Google has lagged behind the other platforms when it comes to digital publishing and so may have felt that hiring a new staff to run a subscription service may be a positive step forward.

Google has a ways to go. Its iOS app has gotten poor marks from users who complain about its features (some complain about not being able to buy books directly through the app, but this is not Google’s fault but the way Apple maintains its hold on in-app purchases).

Recently Google introduced its own custom font, Literata.

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