The Muses of Insert, Delete and Execute: I enjoyed this article about someone writing a book about the history of word processing and how it has affected writing throughout the ages:
Uncovering a clean answer to the question “Who was the first novelist to use a word processor?” is a trickier business, though Mr. Kirschenbaum has promising leads. Through his agent he recently heard that the science-fiction writer Frank Herbert, the author of “Dune,” who died in 1986, may have submitted work to his publisher in the late 1970s on 8-inch floppy disks.
Here’s his website. The book is due to be called “Track Changes: A Literary History of Word Processing,” and will be published sometime in 2013.
It’s probably high time someone looked at this. I imagine that word processing has driven enormous change in the way we write, and the way we present text.