Apples and Androids

Reading Habits Indicate Android Users Are Fun, iPhone Users Are Lifehacking Megalomanics

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In the war between iOS and Android, there are a few things we know: iPhone users are big spenders, live in more affluent neighborhoods and are vastly outnumbered by their Android counterparts. But now, we also intimate knowledge of their reading habits, which shows us more about their personalities than anything we’ve seen so far.

Oyster, the Netflix for books, released a study of their readers this morning, comparing the reading habits of iOS users with the Android users that have signed up since their recent Android release and redesign. Oyster told Betabeat that they pulled from their entire user database for the study. Read More

Freshly Minted

Freshly Minted: For This Book Subscription Platform, The Publishing World Is Their Oyster

As reading habits shift over to digital, subscription models are poised to seize a huge portion of the ebook market. (via Getty)

Welcome to Freshly Minted, where we examine an overlooked deal or funding announcement in tech from the past week, and tell you what you need to know, and why it matters.

This week’s deal: Oyster, the Netflix for books, signed a deal with Simon & Schuster that will give Oyster subscribers access to Simon & Schuster’s entire backlist.

Oyster, a service that charges $10 a month for all-you-can-read access to a library of half a million books, just added heavyweight Simon & Schuster to their list of publishers. That makes two of the Big Five companies that dominate the publishing game, and if Oyster can sign on the remaining three publishers, they could take their place among companies like Spotify and Netflix as one of the great subscription titans of the decade. Read More

Read More

This Startup Will Digitize Your Towering Piles Of Unread Books

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The Japanese call it “tsundoku” — the act of buying books, letting them pile up and eyeing them wistfully while never finding time to read them. Well, a new app want to help you digitize those books so that you can finally get around to finishing them.

Bitlit, an app that allows you to take your physical book collection and convert it to digital, has completed their seed round today. They’ve declined to say how big the round was, but among the investors is Michael Serbinis, who’s had plenty of reading tech experience as founder and former CEO of eReader company Kobo. Read More

Kids These Days

The Netflix For Children’s Books Adds 1000 Titles From HarperCollins

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Epic!, a subscription app for children’s books, just closed a deal with HarperCollins that will give its subscribers access to over 1000 books, including classics like The Chronicles of Narnia, Frog and Toad, and The Secret Garden. This comes on the heels of last night’s announcement that Oyster has signed a similar — but much larger — deal with Simon & Schuster.

Epic! has only been available for two months, and has already landed deals with two of the five top publishers, the other being Simon & Schuster. Epic! cofounder Kevin Donahue says that the appeal of book subscription apps for big publishers is that they can make money off of older books that otherwise wouldn’t even find their way onto shelves. Read More

Linkages

Booting Up: Facebook Is Now Letting Teens Post Their Tantrums Publicly

Now on iPad. (Photo: Oyster)

Facebook is cashing in on the “teen trend” by allowing users aged 13 to 17 post publicly, which the social network can sell ads on. [New York Times]

Twitter has picked up another Googler to head up retail ad sales as it preps for an IPO. [Variety]

Oyster, the “Netflix for ebooks,” has landed on the iPad. [GigaOM]

Verizon Wireless made a measly $30 billion in revenue last quarter. [The Verge]

Importantly, the Pandacam is coming back online today now that the government shutdown is now over. [WJLA]

Linkages

Booting Up: Twitter Now Lets You Receive DMs From Any Of Your Followers

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Apple has picked Burberry CEO Angela Ahrendts to serve in a newly created role, overseeing the strategy and operation of its online and retail stores. [New York Times]

Twitter will let you receive direct messages from any on of your followers, regardless if you’re #teamfollowback. This sure sounds like a fun way to get more DM spam. [TechCrunch]

Blackberry issued a letter to customers claiming that it’s “here to stay,” you know, until it collapses. [Reuters]

With your Samsung Galaxy Gear on your right, your left wrist looks bare so Google is rumored to roll out its own smartwatch on Oct. 31. [9to5Google]

Tripadvisor has snapped up DOA startup Oyster.com. It will be based in New York and operate under the Smarter Travel brand. [Skift]

The Future of the Ebook

Oyster Offers All-You-Can-Read Ebooks For Less Than $10 a Month

Now on iPad. (Photo: Oyster)

Last October, Oyster, a subscription-based ebooks startup, announced a $3 million seed investment from Founders Fund. Almost a year later, the company is finally opening the results up to the public, launching its service (on iPhones only, sadly) with more than 100,000 titles. $9.95 a month gets you all you can read.

Readers should get ready to gorge themselves–but don’t delete your Kindle app just yet, either. Read More