Why do I use these resources? Why do I keep investing in books year after year, when the Internet is so ubiquitous?
- Books go through a more thorough editing process than blogs and online resources.
- It is more relaxing to read a book than material on a screen.
- At the ACES conference, I heard that our comprehension goes down by at least one grade level when we read on a screen. I want to read print media, especially when I read the Quijote.
When I translate legal and technical texts, or even literary texts, I want an honest point of comparison. I am surrounded by it here in my office. As a matter of fact, when I hit a wall all I have to do is pull a book off the shelf to get unstuck. Once I was reviewing a translation that had a high frequency of mistakes. At one point, I told my husband that the translator seemed to be improving. He looked at me and said, “You know what to do about that, right?” I picked a book off the shelf, read for half an hour, and the translator was back to normal. Or maybe I was sensitive to the translator’s mistakes again, after having read some good Spanish.
Mercedes Guhl, the conference organizer, opened the OMT conference with these words: “La lectura es la base de nuestro oficio”. (Reading is foundational for our work.)
Here is my updated catalog. Gaucha library 2017