Kindle Aping Oyster?

thWow! This could be extremely cool—Amazon opening a subscription service like Oyster Books.

Or, like Oyster, it could be extremely cool and ultimately not conducive to my personal and financial purposes. I really liked Oyster and signed up immediately, but I let my subscription lapse pretty quickly after I realized that I just didn’t want to have the pressure of having to read my Oyster books to get my money’s worth. I wanted to read whatever I wanted to read at the moment (I agree with Alan Jacobs’ advice to follow one’s reading whims—it’s the only way for me to get through worthwhile stuff; I have to strike while my iron of interest is hot).

I also like the Kindle ecosystem, the ability to retain highlights and use a convenient e-reading device that doesn’t distract me like a tablet or phone. And that, too, led me away from Oyster. So if the Kindle service lets me stay in the ecosystem, as I expect it must; and if it includes Christian books aside from Amish romance novels, I may be very interested.

Mark Ward

PhD in NT; theological writer for Faithlife; former high school Bible textbook author for BJU Press; husband; father; ultimate frisbee player; member of the body of Christ.

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