Rivertext.com is pleased to announce that the release of the new Mac OS 10.4 (Tiger) compatible version of the free Sophie e-book reader includes an expedition into the Kafkaesque. The latest e-book, a collection of five extraordinary stories by Franz Kafka and his precursors, begins with a look at the deeper meaning of the term 'Kafkaesque.' The preface to the Sophie e-book released earlier this year, H.G. Wells' "The War of the Worlds," offers a more provocative and timely interpretation of the original science fiction classic than Stephen Spielberg's new blockbuster film starring Tom Cruise. All the Sophie e-books begin with an original and thought-provoking preface.
These e-books have many useful features as well as at least one delightfully useless feature. Two of the e-books, "JFK Witness" and Thoreau's "Walden" include guided tours created with the Sophie notebook tool. This tool allows readers to create and share with others their own indexed and commented "readings" of important texts. Sophie's search feature lists the chapter and the phrase for each occurrence of a search string. On the more or less useless side of the feature list, a copy of Text Blender Pro is built-in to each e-book reader. Paste in any meaningful passage and the text blender will, grind, whip, puree, or liquify it until it is more or less meaningless. A few poets, song-writers or latter-day beatniks will find this to be a useful feature, but for most it will be a delectable distraction.
The other e-books included in the free download are: Joseph Conrad's "The Heart of Darkness," two books by G.K. Chesterton "The Man who was Thursday," and "The Innocence of Father Brown," Thomas a Kempis' "Imitatio Christi," "Pencil and Poison - Selected Prose of Oscar Wilde," Nathaniel Hawthorne's "The Scarlet Letter" and Robert Louis Stevenson's "Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde."