Barnes& starts free shipping

The online bookseller says it will start waiving the shipping costs on orders of two or more items, saying its prices will remain unchanged.

Barnes& said Monday it would start giving customers free shipping on orders of two or more items.

New York-based Barnes& said the free-shipping promotion will include items from every product category on its site and will be sent to any location in the United States, including Alaska and Hawaii. The promotion extends to books, CDs, videos, magazines and electronic books.

The freebie promo by Barnes& comes after began offering a similar no-cost shipping service to its customers. Seattle-based Amazon is picking up the shipping tab for customers who buy two or more books, CDs or videos from its site.

But Amazon raised prices on some of its books, videos and CDs. The company at the time declined to say how many products were affected, but did say that the best-selling books, videos and CDs were unaffected.

Barnes& said prices for its products remain unchanged.

Barnes& said the new promotion serves all orders shipped via standard ground transportation. Domestic standard ground rates for shipment of single items have been reduced to $3.48 for one book or video, and $1.98 for one CD, tape or DVD.

The company said the promotion will be made available to all corporate customers as well through Barnes& subsidiary Fatbrain, another online bookseller.