Many British families buy a national or local newspaper every day. Some have it delivered to their home by a paper boy or paper girl; others buy it from a newsagent (= a shop selling magazines, sweets, etc.) or a bookstall. National dailies are published each morning except Sunday. Competition between them is fierce. Local daily papers, which are written for people in a particular city or region, are sometimes published in the morning but more often in the early evening.
The US has only one national newspaper, USA Today. The rest are local. A few newspapers from large cities, such as the New York Times and The Washington Post, are read all over the country. The International Herald-Tribune is published outside the US and is read by Americans abroad. Many Americans subscribe to a newspaper which is delivered to their house. This costs less than buying it in a shop. Papers can also be bought in bookshops and supermarkets. Large cities have news stands, small covered areas on the street, and smaller towns have vending machines from which people take a paper after putting in money.
Many newspapers are now available on the Internet. This is useful for checking the headlines, but most people prefer to read the printed version.
Britain has two kinds of national newspaper: the quality papers and the tabloids. The qualities, often called broadsheets because they are printed on large pages, report national and international news and are serious in tone. They have editorials which comment on important issues and reflect the political views of the paper's editor. They also contain financial and sports news, features (= articles), obituaries (= life histories of famous people who have just died), listings of television and radio programmes, theatre and cinema shows, a crossword, comic strips, advertisements and the weather forecast.
The main quality dailies are The Times...