Someone more clever than I once said:
Marking a book is literally an experience of your differences or agreements with the author. It is the highest respect you can pay him.
(I Googled it, it was Edgar Allan Poe)
Pilot FriXion Colors Erasable Marker
Since I read and write a lot, I am in constant need of tools to mark books. I often write in them, too. This can be problematic. Sometimes the cheap paper will refuse to work with anything but a ballpoint. Highlighting can be even worse and smear the ink. Not to mention bleeding and show through. I also find highlighters to be too offensive. The highlighted text “screams” at you. All in all, instead of help you get a mess, not to mention that studies show that highlighting is not working
That’s why I gave up on highlighters and I have found a better way and a better tool. It’s called Pilot FriXion Colors Erasable Marker. The FriXion Colors line is full of choices, but for the purpose of this text let’s concentrate on the orange one. I like orange. It’s less offensive than neo-yellow but still bright enough to underline important parts of the text. I usually mark the important pages to come back to them later, underline crucial keywords, mark the facts I don’t agree with, etc.
The marker itself is great. The barrel is surprisingly good quality. The amount of ink is adequate. The point is fine which helps underline text. As you can see, it’s also full of Japanese. I have no idea what Pilot tries to tell me. I hope it isn’t something important…
The best part? If you underline something wrong or you decide the text you marked is not important in the end, you can just erase it. I can’t stress enough how many times the erasable marker saved me from despair. So many times I underlined something and then, after I read the entire paragraph, I decided it’s unrelated or not important. Let me tell you, law books can be expensive and I don’t want to mess them up with unrelated underlining. Another good point, Pilot’s erasable marker doesn’t bleed.
The only downside I have found is that the tip can get shredded if you use it on a low-quality, rough paper. This makes the marker not suitable for drawing, too. It’s toothy on most of the papers and the tip will get ruined fast.