AFP did a story on this ship:

Despite fierce storms, a deadly bomb attack and growing competition from electronic media, a Christian charity still sails the seas on a mission to offer cheap books while promoting family values.

The “Logos Hope”, which docked in Manila Bay last month, is the latest in a fleet of converted ferries that have been selling books in harbours of mostly poor nations for the past four decades.

“What we hope happens is that people get excited with reading,” ship captain Pat Tracy told AFP during a tour of the 132-metre-long (433-foot) vessel that inside resembles a bookshop in an upscale mall.

“We want to encourage people to get into reading but we want to make the books available to all people, not just people with a lot of money.”

The ship carries at least half a million books, with stocks being constantly replenished during port calls, according to Tracy.

It is run by GBA Ships, a German-based Protestant charity, that relies on a volunteer crew of 400 people and donations to meet running costs drawn from a global church network.

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