An inveterate collector of typewriters (his collection numbers more than 2000 models) Mr. Hanks has developed an app that is “an analog typewriter emulator for the iPad.” He cleverly calls it Hanx Writer and “it’s complete with a typewriter’s irregular fonts, weird operational quirks, and a library of telltale sounds: the thwack-thwack of a type hammer smacking against the page, or the brrring of the carriage being slapped to the next line.”
Admittedly, the app sounds pretty cool unless you’re the one sitting next to the “twee hipster doofus” merrily hammering away as you try enjoying a quiet coffee and croissant.
Needless to say, its sure to be a big hit in libraries too!
(Thanks to John Riley of Gabriel Books for providing ATG’s daily quirkies.)
Tom is originally from Brooklyn N.Y but has spent his entire professional career in South Carolina, most recently as Head of Reference Services at the College of Charleston. As part of the Against the Grain and Charleston Conference team, he serves as the associate editor of the print ATG as well as the co-editor of the webpage. Tom’s conference duties include coordinating the Penthouse Suite interviews as well as the conference poster sessions.
He received his MLS from the University of Buffalo, SUNY and a second master’s in public administration from the College of Charleston and the Univ. of South Carolina. His wife Carol and he live in downtown Charleston and she is an artist and a tour guide offering historic walking tours of the city.