It’s quite a coincidence, but the iOS book reading apps from Oyster, Amazon Kindle, and Google Play Books all received updates this week. Oyster, though, is the only one to have added new features.
Oyster is like the Netflix of books, in that it allows unlimited access to books for $9.95 per month.
The app for Oyster’s subscription service has been updated to include push notifications to keep users up-to-date on app activity. Also, users can now open the app to pick up their books from where they left off, meaning they won’t have to reopen the digital file if they closed the app while reading a book.
Other improvements include support for highlights and notes, similar to those already available in the Kindle app.
Kindle & Google Play Books: More Stability
Meanwhile, Amazon updated the Kindle app for iOS with minor improvements to performance and stability.
Google Play Books for iOS was also updated, with “stability improvements” noted in the update information in Apple’s App Store.
Through the Google Play Books app, users can access content purchased through the Google Play store to read on an iOS device, rather than on an Android phone or tablet.
All three apps are available as free downloads from the App Store. Oyster runs on mobile devices running iOS 7 or later, while Kindle and Google Play Books are each compatible with devices running iOS 6 or later.