- Flexibound: 384 pages
- Publisher: Countryman Press; 1 edition (November 12, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1581573111
- ISBN-13: 978-1581573114
- Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 1.1 x 9.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 48 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,546 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Richard Polt is the creator and webmaster of The Classic Typewriter Page and the blog Typewriter Revolution. For over twenty years he has been pursuing his love of the typewriter as a collector, webmaster, blogger, magazine editor, repairman―and frequent typist. Polt teaches philosophy at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio.
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I currently own five typewriters (an IBM Selectric, plus four manuals of varying ages), and if typewriters were smaller, I admit I'd own more of them. This book acknowledges that each brand, each model has its own personality and quirks. Polt's book is an amazing reference book for all sorts of typewriters, without the dry, dull tone that one imagines when hearing "reference book."
The quality of the book is also wonderful. Even the ribboned bookmark is fun: It's half black, half red like a typical two-tone typewriter ribbon. The flex-bound cover makes it easy to hold open and read, and the full color photos throughout are the icing on the cake.
I'd highly recommend this book to anyone who has a soft spot or a bit of curiosity about typewriters of any kind. You'll be hooked right from the beginning.
This book is not only meant for those who like to type or like typewriters though. Those who may only be curious as to what a typewriter is or why some one uses one when there are computers to do the work for you -- like spell check the wrong word correctly spelled used incorrectly --
can find some of their answers in the chapters about authors and poets who still use typewriters in their work.
I'm not all that good at finding the right words to say. I do hope I spurred your interest in the book. I have enjoyed reading it several times already. The day it arrived I read through it completely. Then I decided to read it more slowly. Then last week end I read it again. I do that with books sometimes if I like the book.
Polt’s words flow on the pages and it is hard to put this book down. Even though it is over 375 pages I found myself wanting to read it in one sitting. Who would have thought a book about typewriters would be a real page turner. Not only does Polt provide interesting descriptions of typewriters, he also identifies famous people who used a particular brand and model. For example, did you know Ernest Hemingway used a Royal portable and that George Orwell preferred a Remington semi-portable? I learned that my favorite science fiction writer, Issac Asimov, used an IBM Selectric and that in all likelihood a note he sent me back in 1977 was typed on a Selectric (see photo). This is all fun stuff. In closing, I suggest you use Amzon’s “Look inside” feature and scroll through the pages. When you are done I believe you will buy the book.
I was concerned about the flexbound cover, but it is sturdy and makes for a very comfortable "book hold." The typewriter "ribbon" bookmark makes dipping in and out of this delightful work easy, too.
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