After ceasing sales of print newspapers, Starbucks announced Tuesday that it will offer customers free digital access to several newspapers for a limited time.
Starbucks customers using the free in-store Wi-Fi at the coffee giant’s more-than 8,500 company-owned stores will have complimentary digital access to the Chicago Tribune, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The Seattle Times, The Baltimore Sun, Orlando Sentinel and New York Daily News. Those news sites typically have paywalls that require readers to buy a subscription after reading a certain number of articles.
The announcement comes after Starbucks last month removed physical newsstands from company-owned stores, along with other fixtures that held whole-bean coffee and snacks. It didn’t give a reason for that change, but print newspaper circulation nationally has been on a steady decline as consumers increasingly read news online.