Stop the (French) presses.
According to a report in the New York Post this week, Starbucks is going to stop selling The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and USA Today at its more than 8,600 cafes across the county.
The Seattle-based coffee giant confirmed the news on Thursday, and beginning Sept. 1, if you want to read a physical copy of one of those publications, you’ll have to bring it into Starbucks yourself.
“As part of our continuous efforts to enhance the overall experience in our stores for both partners and customers, we are removing select fixtures from our retail lobby in September,” a Starbucks spokeswoman told the Post.
The Post reported that Starbucks began selling The New York Times in stores nearly 20 years ago, and added the WSJ and USA Today in 2010. The Post also pointed out that “many” Starbucks customers were accustomed to taking newspapers off display racks, reading them with their beverage, and then leaving the paper behind or taking it out of the store without paying.
No numbers were shared for how many copies of the papers were sold via Starbucks’ display racks. But it’s not welcome news for anyone concerned about the decline of the print media industry.
Besides, there’s something reassuring about knowing that the place where you can buy coffee has also been a place where you can grab a newspaper.
Just try to recreate the classic coffee cup ring stain on the surface of your laptop or smartphone.