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Gutenberg’s invention was not able to do away with the handwritten word. On the contrary, his famous Bible tried to imitate the laborious script of medieval manuscripts and, shortly after printing arrived in Italy, some of the earliest bestsellers churned out by the new presses were epistolary collections and handbooks of calligraphy. But today the repudiation of handwriting as an outdated technology has been officially endorsed in certain countries, and the trend is growing. Archives and libraries are trying to find electronic strategies that will allow them to gather the drafts and correspondence of authors who today communicate only by evanescent emails and tap out an always final draft on their laptops.