The Typewriter Revolution

The Typewriter Revolution

A Typist's Companion for the 21st Century

Book - 2015
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WW Norton
The connoisseur's guide to the typewriter, entertaining and practical
What do thousands of kids, makers, poets, artists, steampunks, hipsters, activists, and musicians have in common? They love typewriters—the magical, mechanical contraptions that are enjoying a surprising second life in the 21st century, striking a blow for self-reliance, privacy, and coherence against dependency, surveillance, and disintegration. The Typewriter Revolution documents the movement and provides practical advice on how to choose a typewriter, how to care for it, and what to do with it—from National Novel Writing Month to letter-writing socials, from type-ins to typewritten blogs, from custom-painted typewriters to typewriter tattoos. It celebrates the unique quality of everything typewriter, fully-illustrated with vintage photographs, postcards, manuals, and more.

Baker & Taylor
In a lively tribute to the magical, mechanical contraptions that are making a surprising comeback in the 21st century, the creator and webmaster of The Classic Typewriter Page and the blog Typewriter Revolution documents the movement and provides practical advice on choosing one, caring for one and what to do with it. Original.

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This handsome visual guide for collectors, artists, and writers celebrates the typewriter as a tool for self-reliance, privacy, sustainability and invites readers into the ‘typosphere,’ the digital world where the typewriter meets the computer. The book reviews the history of typewriters, profiles writers who use typewriters, then outlines brands of typewriters and gives advice on maintaining and repairing each one and finding supplies. One chapter offers a buyer’s guide to collecting historical electric and manual typewriters. There are also ideas on ways to modify a typewriter. The art program offers color, b&w, and sepia photos, illustrations, comics, and artworks featuring images of typewriters and text from typewriters. Author Richard Polt is creator The Classic Typewriter Page, a ‘typecast’ blog where bloggers upload images of typewritten pages. Annotation ©2016 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (

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Chronicles the history of typewriters, profiles writers and their favorites, gives tips on choosing one, instructs how to select and install the right ribbon, and speculates about the typewritten future.

Publisher: Woodstock, VT : The Countryman Press, 2015
ISBN: 9781581573114
Branch Call Number: 681.61 P77
Characteristics: 382 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm


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Nov 23, 2018

Some thought-provoking parts questioning our modern addiction to quantity and speed over focus and attention. Other parts are for the extreme typewriter geek, therefore it is a book for almost everyone. An odd choice: The whole book is set in a condensed sans serif type, much in a gray tone rather than black. My eyes got tired very quickly.

Jun 26, 2017

A thorough and attractive book about everything to do with the typewriter ... and many things one would not have expected. The author provides endnotes and the book has an index.

Nov 17, 2016

I love this book! It's not merely nostalgic, there is plenty to look at with wonderful photos of old typewriters and new and old typists using them, as the Typewriter Revolution takes hold, but also plenty to learn about these amazing and durable machines -- even those of us old enough to have learned typing in high school!


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