In Myanmar, rental book shops are one such casualty. A rental book store is a place where people can rent books, much like a library. Unlike conventional libraries, which allow people to borrow books for free, the rental book shop operates more like a private business. People pay a small fee to borrow books, magazines and comics. Rental book shops played an important role in keeping Myanmar literary traditions popular, giving people access to many authors. Before 2000 there were almost two book rental stores in each ward. They were just like a small university for book lovers. With the appearance of internet cafes in the early 2000s, the role of the rental shop slowly began to decline. VCD film vendors and recording artists had competition from YouTube, and Myanmar books began to appear on the internet too. Now, anyone with a smart phone can access a PDF version of a Myanmar classic novel or historical book. As the numbers of renters declined, rental shop revenues … [Read more...] about Htin Paw, the last surviving rental book store in Sanchaung?