The Shakespeare Quote Behind Oyster

By Jason Boog Comment

Oyster is a new digital reading platform, giving subscribers unlimited access to more than 100,000 digital books for $9.95 monthly subscription fee. AppNewser has more about the start-up.

Currently, you need to request an iPhone invite to check out the service. TechCrunchWired and Gigaom have all reviewed the app. The company name comes from Shakespeare’s The Merry Wives of Windsor (read it for free):

Our name reflects more than just a love of bivalves, although we’ll never turn down a dozen Bluepoints. Actually, Oyster takes inspiration from the famous literary line, “the world’s mine oyster.” All the pleasures of reading are yours for the taking, no matter where you go. The only thing missing is the dark ‘n’ stormies.

Publishers and authors can email the company if they are interested in participating.

The founders actually link to a recipe for the Dark ‘N’ Stormy cocktail on the site. “Enjoy with a good book, preferably outdoors,” they wrote. Back in 2009, the New York Times published an article about this trademarked cocktail. Check it out:

according to two trademark certificates on file with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, which — in an exceptionally rare instance in the cocktail world — dictate the precise ingredients and amounts required to call a Dark ‘n’ Stormy, well, a Dark ‘n’ Stormy.