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Shelly Palmer Radio Report – February 17, 2014

When Oyster launched last fall, it let you read as many books as you wanted for less than 10 bucks a month on your iPhone or iPad. Oyster recently launched a brand new children’s category on its service, featuring 100 new titles just added in a deal with Disney Publishing. The section gathers the new additions along with the children’s titles already available on Oyster, up through those categorized as “Young Adult.” The new section, which includes about 10,000 available titles, is far more than just “picture books.” While some picture books are available, almost all children’s titles on Oyster are text-based. This update is an important one for Oyster, as several other companies have launched similar services aimed at children since Oyster launched in September. Amazon’s Kindle FreeTime Unlimited and Epic both specifically target kids in the unlimited-reading market, so Oyster’s a bit late to the party. Will it catch up? Decide for yourself on your iDevice today, or Android in the coming months.

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Shelly Palmer is the host of NBC Universal’s Live Digital with Shelly Palmer, a weekly half-hour television show about living and working in a digital world. He is Fox 5′s (WNYW-TV New York) Tech Expert and the host of United Stations Radio Network’s, MediaBytes, a daily syndicated radio report that features insightful commentary and a unique insiders take on the biggest stories in technology, media, and entertainment.