Surf Oyster Like You Surf the Web

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Introducing the Oyster Web Reader

Picture this: it’s 80°F (no humidity!) and there isn’t a cloud in the sky. You’re at the beach, lounging with your favorite book and enjoying that delicate ocean breeze, and you don’t even have any sand in your shoes. It’s paradise! Somebody get you a piña colada!

See what you just did? You took yourself somewhere far away without even leaving your desk. Now you can do that with Oyster, too. We’re happy to share with you our brand new Web Reader, making it easier than ever to access Oyster’s library (and an endless escape through a world of books) right from your computer.

Let us show you how we made reading books on the web a seamless, fluid experience that’s designed uniquely for your browser.

imageNo breaks or pages to flip, just seamless reading. With Oyster for the web, each chapter is downloaded in its entirety as a single page, allowing you to scroll through a full chapter without interruption.

In designing this experience, we wanted to move away from the way books are traditionally displayed on the web—contained in a PDF-style viewer. Instead, the Oyster for web experience is more like to reading a blog post or web article (think the New York Times). The result is a reading experience that feels fast, fluid, and native to the web. Going forward, we’re really excited to push this vision to make book reading on the web even better.

The web reader includes all five of Oyster’s own reading themes, five text sizes, and night mode. See which one you like best on the big screen. (Full disclosure: our team likes Wythe the best. What about you?) And, of course, activity is synced across devices. You’ll always pick up right where you left off, no matter what you’re reading on.

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We’ve also brought your Reading List, recent books, and search to the web. Easily access all the books you’ve been reading or those you’ve meant to start once you sign in at oysterbooks.com. Don’t have a reading list? You can now search the entire Oyster library on our website and take your pick from hundreds of thousands of titles.

This launch marks another big milestone for our team and our mission to build the best way to read books, everywhere. Now that you can read on the web, Oyster is available on just about anything with an internet connection and a web browser, from iOS to Android and beyond. So go ahead—search the site, add to your Reading List, and dive into a good book no matter where you are.

Hot Temps & Tempers: 11 Books from our Summer Vibes & Vices Collection

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If typical beach reads aren’t really your thing, we’ve still got you covered. These summer reads are more spiked than sweet. Indulge in the seedier side of the season with our favorite hot tempered page turners from Stephen King, Hunter S. Thompson, Neil Gaiman, and more. Because with summer vibes are sure to come summer vices.

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1. Telegraph Avenue by Michael Chabon

We hear summers in San Francisco stay relatively cool under those famous waves of fog, but the characters in Michael Chabon’s latest NorCal epic quickly heat to their boiling points. Like any good summer blowout, this one’s got a host of quirky characters, a music-and-liquor-soaked plot, and a healthy appreciation for polyester and vinyl.

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2. The Rum Diary by Hunter S. Thompson

While we don’t recommend consuming half the rum Hunter S. Thompson purportedly downed while writing this semi-autobiographical novel, we love his unapologetic celebration of all things over-the-top. Lush and gritty, The Rum Diary is just waiting to carry you away from the comfort of that air conditioner. Go ahead, let yourself get a little sweaty.

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3. The Delivery Man by Joe McGinniss Jr.

From Gatsby to Fear and Loathing, we love a good American Dream Gone Wild story. Joe McGinniss’ debut novel delivers on that premise of excess with a 21st century update: the players are younger and the stakes higher. We‘re betting you’ll be unable to look away from this Sin City barnburner.

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4. American Gods by Neil Gaiman

Power tripping gods plus a cross-country road trip featuring an ex-con and an ex-king sounds like a surefire good time to us. Gaiman’s sprawling novel is the perfect antidote to your mortal woes (we’re looking at you, hotter-than-Hades subway stations) because hey, gods have problems too.

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5. Dear Money by Martha McPhee

McPhee’s novel about jealousy, greed, and keeping up with the Joneses isn’t just for the Hamptons set. A satire about the risks and rewards of selling one’s soul to line the family coffers, Dear Money is a humorous reminder that thou shalt not covet thy friend’s beach house.

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6. The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman

Stedman’s breakout literary debut will have you contemplating the grey areas of right and wrong (not to mention calculating how far you‘d be able to swim to shore). Call us landlubbers, but being marooned in a lighthouse sounds lonelyand loneliness has been known to lead to poor decisions. Good thing bad decisions make for good novels.

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7. Duma Key by Stephen King

Duma Key has echoes of King’s real life recovery from a near fatal car crash back in ’99. We’re glad he recovered to dazzle us with his characteristic magic and horror, this time about a one-armed psychic painter living in a spooky beach town with a dark past. Fair warning: reading this may make you reconsider that beach house rental.

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8. Summer for the Gods by Edward J. Larson

The Scopes Trial rocked the summer of 1925 even harder than the Kim & Kanye wedding of 2014. National media coverage descended on the small town of Dayton, Tennessee to cover this circus-like trial over the teaching of human evolution in public schools. Spike some sweet tea and settle onto that porch swing (we can dream, can’t we?) for Larson’s Pulitzer Prize winning history.

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9. Factotum by Charles Bukowski

In July we tend to be either barefoot, sweaty, or both. If you’re looking for a novelist who’s also a little grimy, Charles Bukowski is your man. Factotum follows an aimless writer and alcoholic as he drifts across post World War II America. Not a pretty story, but Bukowski drops so many truth bombs that we love him anyway.

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10. The Bone Man by Wolf Haas

What is it about sunshine and flip flops that calls for finger-lickin’ fried chicken? We promise we’re not trying to ruin your love affair with the Southern classic by recommending this funny, twisted thriller by Austrian crime writer Wolf Haas. We’re just saying that not everything should taste like chicken.

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11. Venus in Furs by Leopold von Sacher-Masoch

More than a century before Fifty Shades, Austrian writer Leopold von Sacher-Masoch penned the controversial erotic tale of a man who yearns to be tortured by the woman he loves. Heard of the term masochist? He inspired it, and last month Roman Polanski brought Wanda’s bondage to the silver screen. Not for the faint of heart, Venus is hot enough to fry an egg on the sidewalk.

Revenge, Madness, Unrequited Love: 14 Books from Our Dark & Stormy Collection

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This is the latest in our regular series featuring some of our favorites on Oyster. And if you’re not on Oyster yet, join today and get a free month to read these books (and hundreds of thousands of others).

Psychosis, codependence, grief. Deviants, tempests, feuding lovers. We think the only thing better than a rum & ginger beer is sipping it while reading a Dark & Stormy book. Added bonus: unlike the rum, we bet you’ll never run out of pages.

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Game of Phones: The Battle of iOS vs. Android

Who reads during the workday? Who reads faster? Who reads fluff? Our latest infographic uncovers what your reading habits say about you.

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Introducing a Brand New Genre: Famous Reading Lists

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How did Oprah become so wise, Bill Gates so successful, and J.K. Rowling so creative? We think the answer is something along the lines of “you are what you read.” That’s why we’ve created a brand new genre for perusing some of the world’s most famous bookshelves. Because even the President, Mark Zuckerberg, and Ellen DeGeneres had to start somewhere—and we like to think they started in the pages of a good book.

We hope you get inspired by the stories that spurred your idols to greatness. Here’s a list of our picks to start you off, but be sure to explore more in Famous Reading Lists.

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Introducing Oyster for Android

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Today, we’re excited to announce that Oyster is available on all Android devices, Kindle Fire, and Nook HD. Oyster for Android has been our number one request since we launched on iOS last year, so we couldn’t be happier to bring it to you. Let’s take a tour, shall we?

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10 Summer Blockbusters

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This is the latest in our regular series featuring some of our favorites on Oyster. And if you’re not on Oyster yet, join today and get a free month to read these books (and hundreds of thousands of others).

Why are books almost always better than the movies? The characters are never badly acted, the soundtrack is whatever you want it to be, and 35-year-olds don’t play high schoolers. So give yourself the cred to say the original was way superior, and read these 10 summer blockbusters before they reach a screen near you.

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Whether you’re beach-bound or couch-bound this weekend, start the season off right. Follow our simple steps for successful summer reading.
Need a book recommendation? Our Memorial Day reading list has got you covered. Enjoy!

Whether you’re beach-bound or couch-bound this weekend, start the season off right. Follow our simple steps for successful summer reading.

Need a book recommendation? Our Memorial Day reading list has got you covered. Enjoy!

Oyster Book Club Takes On “The Financial Lives of Poets”

It’s no secret: the Oyster team loves books. However, a recent team lunch revealed that some of us felt like we were missing a key part of the reading experience: talking about a good book. There’s something to be said for an English 101-style discussion, and it’s way more fun when you don’t need to worrying about being graded. So last week, with the help of a little whiskey and some of favorite snacks, we took a break from our regularly scheduled programming for a chat about Jess Walter’s The Financial Lives of Poets.

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