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Typewriters in the 21st Century

by Rachel Lieff Axelbank

News and Trends

Posted 12.16.14

January/February 2015

Innovations like the USB Typewriter, Hanx Writer, Hemingwrite, and Typing Writer are giving new life to the classic typewriter by updating it for the digital world.

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USB Typewriters

Posted 12.16.14

Since 2010, engineer and designer Jack Zylkin has renovated typewriters for the digital age, transforming them into more versatile, practical writing tools. Plugged into a computer, tablet, or smartphone, Zylkin’s USB Typewriters function like modern external keyboards, combining the physical writing experience of the manual typewriter with the ease of modern word processing. Zylkin sells ready-made USB Typewriters, as well as do-it-yourself conversion kits customized for a range of models. The following images highlight Zylkin’s process.

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  • 1 of 91. Materials Needed

    1. Materials Needed

    A USB Typewriter conversion kit includes (clockwise from top left) a roll of cloth tape, an assortment of magnets, four magnetic switches, a sensor panel, and a control panel. A user can install the kit with a few basic tools: a screwdriver, a pair of pliers, a hot glue gun, wire strippers, and a metal file.

  • 2 of 92. Attaching the Sensor Circuitry

    2. Attaching the Sensor Circuitry

    Zylkin’s first step in creating USB Typewriters is to attach the sensor circuitry under the keys of the typewriter. The sensor panel, which is either soldered or glued to the machine, detects which key is pressed.

  • 3 of 93. Zylkin at Work

    3. Zylkin at Work

    Zylkin attaches a sensor panel to an Underwood typewriter.

  • 4 of 94. Zylkin at Work

    4. Zylkin at Work

    Zylkin solders the sensor panel to an Underwood typewriter.

  • 5 of 95. Attaching the Control Panel

    5. Attaching the Control Panel

    After the sensor circuitry is attached, Zylkin mounts the control panel to the side of a typewriter. The control panel—which includes CTRL, ALT, and CMD buttons—connects the typewriter’s sensor circuitry to a computer, tablet, or smartphone.

  • 6 of 96. Magnetic Switches

    6. Magnetic Switches

    Magnetic switches detect the motion of magnets Zylkin glues to the typewriter’s spacebar, shift key, and backspace key.

  • 7 of 97. Metal Stand

    7. Metal Stand

    Zylkin uses a strip of brass or steel to create a stand for a tablet. USB Typewriters are compatible with all computers and many tablets and smartphones.

  • 8 of 98. Olivetti USB Typewriter

    8. Olivetti USB Typewriter

    Zylkin has created USB Typewriters out of a variety of machines including Underwoods, Olympias, Remingtons, and this red Olivetti Valentine.

  • 9 of 99. Underwood USB Typewriter

    9. Underwood USB Typewriter

    An Underwood typewriter converted into a USB Typewriter.

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Nabokov's Ode to America, Amazon's New Crowd-Sourced Publishing Platform, and More

by Staff

Daily News

Online Only, posted 9.23.14

Banned Books Week continues; George Bernard Shaw's garden spade unearthed; the New Atlantic Independent Booksellers Association takes aim at Amazon; and other news.

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Ben Lerner on Writing Fiction, Tim Howard Inks Memoir Deal, and More

by Staff

Daily News

Online Only, posted 8.28.14

Robert Hass wins Wallace Stevens Award; two new typewriter apps for the iPad; against "against"; and other news.

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Captive Writer Released From Syria, the Poet's Journey, and More

by Staff

Daily News

Online Only, posted 8.27.14

Kobo launches first waterproof e-reader; Robin Williams biography in the works; how where you live affects your writing; and other news.

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Finding Your Muse, On Not Writing, and More

by Staff

Daily News

Online Only, posted 8.26.14

Stephen King announces fall book tour; 3-D children's books for the visually impaired; in defense of Comic Sans; and other news.

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Internet Reading and the Anxiety of Influence, the Language of Restaurant Menus, and More

by Staff

Daily News

Online Only, posted 8.15.14

The life and work of Martin Amis; books about race in America; a library taxi in Tehran; and other news.

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Widbook Widens the Writing Network

by Rachel Lieff Axelbank

News and Trends

Posted 5.1.14

May/June 2014

A start-up based in Sao Paulo, Brazil, aims to change the face of digital publishing through a writing-based social media tool.

 

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Byliner Brings Binge Culture to Books

by Rachael Hanel

News and Trends

Posted 5.1.14

May/June 2014

A digital publisher reinvents itself as a library of short-form works.

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New Survey Reveals E-book Majority, Samsung Launches Amazon App, and More

by Staff

Daily News

Online Only, posted 4.21.14

A new app for remembering great ideas; a posthumous story collection by Maeve Binchy; meals from classic literature; and other news.

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