Someone has beaten me to an idea I’ve had for a long time
Most new novels and bestsellers in Nairobi sell for 660 shillings ($8) and above, which is quite expensive. And once done with a book, there is little to do but pass it on to an endless string of friends until it gets lost, damaged beyond having any value, or you lose interest. One bookstore has come up with a solution to this problem
Book Villa (opp. The Stanley Hotel - Tel: 340294) on Standard Street has a library which allows members to borrow unlimited books. Bronze class allows a members to borrow 1 book at a time and costs 1,000 shillings a year, Silver - 3 books at a time (3,000 a year) and Gold - 6 books at a time (5,000 shillings a year).
There’s no time condition of books, but one can’t borrow more books until they return previous ones taken. Other terms and conditions: Membership fees not refundable, nor is a 500 shilling registration fee. Also books borrowed cannot exceed the value of your membership, and must be returned in the same condition as when they were taken.