Japanese online bookstore Papyrus, following a trend in manga rental for cell phones, has launched a manga rental service tailored for regular computer users.
The site, called "Renta!", officially opened on April 10th. Customers pay 100 yen (95 cents in US funds) for an "electronic ticket" that they use to read one volume of manga. The manga is available to the user for 24 hours through a special online viewer that operates within the user's web browser. For more money (300-500 yen/about 4 US Dollars), users can download a permanent copy of some manga volumes. Also, as a special promotion for the site, Renta! is also allowing users to read a few titles, including Mythical Detective Loki and Mamotte Shugogetten!, at no cost for a limited time.