Paper or electronic?
I love an object whose technology hasn't changed in the last, say, 600 years.
As we are
If I'm turned around, I don't drop a coin. And not because I have everything in banknotes, as the joke goes, but because I've always had a hard time saving (and neither does literature generate too much income to say). But it's what I chose and I love what I do, so my wealth goes through there. But that's not what I meant; the point is that I have a modest fortune in books. It took me more than 20 years to put it together, but today I could say that the amount I arrived at is no less. And that's where this column begins: paper books or electronic books?
In my case the answer is immediate: I read an average of 4 books a week and I don't have an e-reader. In other words, I decided on the spot. But I have friends who read the same or more than I do and can't believe that I keep accumulating sheets of paper sewn between cardboard covers, with how expensive they are, the space they occupy (I moved four times in the last six years, I attest to this) and how quickly they depreciate. My main argument is that I write them: I use the margins, the courtesy pages and sometimes, depending on the book, even the covers. When I need a reference or a quote, I know where to look, it's like I was making a kind of map of readings that I can track. But also, when I think of something I read, especially the texts that most marked me, I don't remember the language in the abstract, the physical support, the cover, the size, even the letter of the version I read comes to mind. I'm not going to be an e-book reader anymore. I don't know if it has to do with my incipient old age (when I was born, there was no color television at home) or with an unyielding love for an object whose technology didn't change in the last, say, 600 years. Overcome that, millennials.