For $10 a month, the service offers unlimited access to more than 100,000 titles, books that can be read across a number of devices, and at the reader’s pleasure. This is no fly-by-night operation. Already, it has signed up big-name publishers like HarperCollins, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and others. And those companies are, in turn, providing some of their biggest titles. That’s why Oyster has been called the “Netflix for books.” CNET recently caught up with Stromberg, both by e-mail and by phone, and asked him about Oyster’s origins, its goals, and how it will conquer the world of putting books in readers’ hands. The following is a lightly edited transcript.
How the ‘Netflix of books’ won over the publishing industry (Q&A)