Now, who says that reading doesn’t pay? Lee Hor San will tell you it does, and in a big way. Lee emerged as the grand prize winner in the MPH Read & Reap Contest, and walked away with a Suzuki Grand Vitara.

The contest, organised by MPH Bookstores in conjunction with its 105th anniversary, kicked off in March last year, and customers who bought a minimum of RM50 worth of books – either at MPH Bookstores outlets or through its web store – became eligible to enter it. Participants were asked to count the number of books in a given image, come out with a creative book title and a short synopsis.

Each month, one main prize winner was selected to enter the final by a panel of judges from MPH Bookstores, Suzuki Malaysia, Samsung Malaysia and an editor from a local daily. The entries of all ten finalists were eventually posted on mphonline.com and open to public voting, with points from the panel of judges determining the eventual winner.

Lee’s winning entry was titled The Lord of the Fly – An Autobiography, which was about a zipper tycoon revealing his private life and stories of living in the fastener lane. Aside from the Grand Vitara, which came courtesy of Suzuki Malaysia, Lee also took home a Samsung Wave S8500 and an i-River Cover Story. Not a bad haul in his books, eh?