Cybertainment: New way to read on Apple devices

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Oyster is to voracious readers what Netflix is to movie and TV fans.

The Oyster app gives readers unlimited access to a virtual library of more than 100,000 books they can read on their iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch.

Titles include a wide variety of fiction, adventure, science, new releases, crime, suspense, staff picks and more.

The last 10 selections made by the subscriber are stored for offline reading.

There's a strong emphasis on design, and the display features high resolution covers and a choice of appealing typographic themes.

Subscriptions are $9.95/month for unlimited access to the books, with a free one-month trial. The app is free.

oysterbooks.com

TV Talk is a virtual watercooler where viewers can gather to listen to conversations about their favorite TV shows.

The site features podcasts devoted to individual episodes of many top shows, including "Boardwalk Empire," "Parenthood," "The Voice," "Glee" and "The Walking Dead." There's a selection of off-air shows that aren't currently airing new episodes or are no longer in production, including "Breaking Bad," "Mad Men," "Smash" and others. Discussions center on characters and their motivations, plot twists and speculation on where the storylines are going.

Each podcast has a Talkback Clips section where listeners can add their own opinions on the episode.

TV Talk podcasts are available on the TV Talk website and through free iTunes and Android apps. They can also be heard on iHeartRadio.

tvtalk.com

XBox Live Gold members can watch History Channel programming with the newly launched History App for XBox 360.

In addition to being able to watch popular History Channel offerings such as "Pawn Stars," "Ax Men" and "American Pickers," members can view a series of videos on history topics, including the Civil War, Cold War, U.S. presidents and more, and video features such as "Hidden History" and "Deconstructing History."

The History App for XBox is the latest in A&E Networks' series of TV Everywhere apps for watching shows on mobile devices, including iPad/iPhone, Android and Kindle Fire HD.

history.com/xbox-app


Adrian McCoy: amccoy@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1865.

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