Last Updated Aug 3, 2011 10:31 AM EDT
The answer is hotel copies -- which make up about half of the flagship Gannett paper's 1.8 million daily circulation, notes Jeff Bercovici in Forbes. (The Wall Street Journal, the nation's No. 1, gets only 7% of its readers from hotels, he points out.)
That means a lawsuit against Hilton Hotels could be big trouble for the newspaper chain, says Bercovici -- if the outcome convinces the hotel chain (or even industry) to stop ordering the paper for its guests.
A former hotel guest, Rodney Harmon, is suing the hotel chain in federal court over the 75 cent daily charge a Northern California Hilton passed along to him for a newspaper that he didn't want.
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We "believe there is more at stake than 75 cents," Harmon's lawyer, Kirk Wolden, told the New York Times. "It exemplifies the types of advantages that, unfortunately, we see companies taking of you and I and everyone else every day."
Got a hotel stay coming up? If you don't want to pay for a daily paper, be sure to ask at check-in whether you'll be charged -- and opt out if you aren't interested.
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