Too poor to buy a newspaper? Why not rent one from a newspaper landlord.
While it’s a business model that may not fly in the U.S., roadside entrepreneurs in Ethiopia do a brisk trade as renting out copies of the newspaper to job seekers, apartment hunters and others who cannot afford to buy a copy.
Publishers don’t like it, because they sell fewer copies each day, but admit it’s good for the reading habit. And at the end of the day, stores buy the tattered, used sheaths as packaging material.