The typewriter is no more.
When I was a kid, my dad had an old blue-grey typewriter in his study. When he wasn't home - which was often, his work took him abroad a lot - I loved to go in and run my fingers over the keys, slip my nail under the raised letters of the manufacturer logo. Even as a kid writing stories, I liked them better when they'd been produced by Dad's typewriter rather than by my own hand.
Now, I write on a netbook. I sometimes make notes on my smartphone (which I hate, by the way). I haven't used a typewriter since I was twelve or thirteen. It pains me to say it, but they're dying because they've been surpassed by something that is genuinely more convenient.
Doesn't mean I have to like it, though.
I'm an enthusiastic Kindle-owner and ebook-purchaser. I love the smooth screen, the font, the ease with which I can buy books, and the simplicity of carrying one light, durable item that contains many books instead of carrying two heavy, absorbant, easily torn books (I always had to carry two books in case I finished one of them while I was out). Ebooks are fab.
But I still squeed a little inside when I saw the new Penguin Essentials collection - book cover design is an art form and it's a pleasure to see it done well.
For me, print and digital complement each other. Reading a paperback novel and reading a Kindle book are different experiences, and I enjoy both.
And I'm sorry to see that the typewriter and the computer won't be coexisting anymore.
The typewriter has had such an impact on all kinds of art. Typeface design - Courier still evokes something that no other font can. Typewriters appear in so many films (someone pounding the keys hard and walloping the carriage-return lever was great cinematic shorthand for 'I am very busy and important, fuck off'). I think, like the Polaroid camera, they'll be venerated for what they were and what they gave us.
And hopefully, some mad artisan/engineer will go on building them and nostalgia-crazed lunatics like myself can buy them :)