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I'm sure most of us have a clear sense of what the fuss is about. Relationships with typewriters were and, to the extent that they're used today, still are primal. One's hands are in intimate contact with the keys for hours at a time, and sometimes amazing things flow out of an author, into the machine, boldly transferring to paper. It's easy to understand why a writer might bond so strongly with a typewriter that the typewriter itself would be perceived not only as a mere go-between, a tool for composition, but a source of inspiration in its own right. A friend. In this context, why would anybody want to trade this in for a computer? For that matter, we see many typewriters owned by famous authors in museums, but has anybody seen a comparable computer? When we upgrade our computers, it's not like our hearts are getting ripped out, is it? No, with few exceptions, we genuinely look forward to a more powerful, more feature-rich computer and are only too glad to see the former one go.

So, this same passion is understandably transferred to an interest in books about typewriters. And perhaps there's something more in play here too: Given a choice between reading a print book about typewriters and accessing similar content in digitized form, which do you think our passionate, hands-on typist would prefer?

Look for more things like this, and you'll open up additional opportunities for yourself.

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