Books: Plugged-ln Prose

Authors switch on to word processors

Jimmy Carter uses one. So do Novelists John Hersey and Richard Condon. Every month more writers are discarding their pencils and typewriters for "word processors"—technical jargon for small computers with typewriter-like keyboards, electronic screens for scanning and manipulating text, units to store information, and high-speed printers. Like all other modern products, they come in a range of prices, from Apple's no-frills model at about $2,500 to the luxurious new CPT 8100. Cost of the machine, with a twin-head Rotary VII Printer that can switch instantaneously from roman to italic type or from letters to scientific symbols:...

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