Reading in cafes in California is not as inviting as it once was, for people reading eBooks, that is. Earlier this summer, just as Starbucks began to offer free Wi-Fi, some cafes in California unplugged their Wi-Fi. Wanting to make their cafes more social and to keep traffic moving, some cafes got rid of Wi-Fi all together and put a ban on laptops, iPads and even Kindles in the strictest of cafes.
The LA Times reported: “Cafe owners have tried a variety of tactics to foil Wi-Fi squatters. They put out signs that ask laptop users to share tables or point them to nearby Wi-Fi hot spots such as public libraries. They hand out wireless passwords that expire in an hour. They cover electrical outlets (less effective now that customers come armed with laptops sporting longer battery lives or with spare batteries). Computer bans extend to iPads and even Kindles and other e-readers, although paper books and other reading materials are still embraced.”
Welcome to our Top Stories of Summer 2010 series. For all our readers returning from summer homes and Caribbean yacht trips, we’ve created a short list of the 15 stories you may have missed during this long busy summer for the eBook industry.