U.S. Newspaper Circulation Types and Definitions

A glossary of paid and nonpaid circulation terms.


U.S. Newspaper Circulation Types and DefinitionsU.S. newspaper distribution spans several categories, from paid home delivery subscriptions to nonpaid public access copies. Gain a full understanding of these circulation types by downloading this comprehensive glossary.

Circulation categories broken down in the glossary include:

  • General circulation terms such as paid, digital replica and digital nonreplica
  • Paid circulation types such as individual subscriptions and single-copy sales
  • Business/traveler paid circulation such as hotel copies
  • Qualified nonpaid circulation such as home delivery and single-copy distribution
  • Verified nonpaid circulation such as event distribution and rack access
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