Paper is a nightmare. Environmental issues aside, there’s no excuse for it in the 21st century. It takes up space, collects dust, doesn’t support any form of a search feature, indexing is tedious, it’s heavy and prone to damage & loss. Paperless NG will OCR, index, and store data about your documents so they are easy to search and view, unlike that hulking metal file cabinet you have in your office.
This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://geek-cookbook.funkypenguin.co.nz/recipes/paperless-ng/