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The Chicago Tribune reports that Starbucks, having canceled the sale of print newspapers in its stores around the country, "will offer customers free digital access to several newspapers for a limited time."

Among the newspapers being offered online via Starbucks' free Wi-Fi are the Chicago Tribune, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Seattle Times, Baltimore Sun, Orlando Sentinel and New York Daily News, most of which ordinarily would have a paywall preventing complimentary access.

The shift comes as "print newspaper circulation nationally has been on a steady decline as consumers increasingly read news online."
KC's View:
It doesn't matter to me because I have subscriptions to both, but I'm a little disappointed that Starbucks apparently did not reach agreements with the New York Times (which it used to sell in its stores nationwide) and the Washington Post. But maybe that'll be rectified down the road.