Sophie
Sophie
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Sophie free download for Mac

Sophie

1.02K
22 June 2005

E-book reader.

Overview

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."

What's new in Sophie

Version 1.02K:
  • all the ebooks have been revised as well as updated to fix a bug that could cause Mac OS 10.4 (Tiger) -- and sometimes earlier versions of OS X -- to crash.
  • The "K" in v. 1.02K stands for 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 installer package has been redesigned to make it easy for those who have purchased the legendary If Monks had Macs CD-ROM to upgrade the version of the Sophie ebook reader that is built into it.

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5 Sophie Reviews

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Anonymous
22 June 2005

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This is a great ebook reader. Straightforward, lots of perks, and a relatively simple format. I wish the ones I actually paid money for were as intuitive and well presented as Sophie. The only minus I see is a lack of DRM books/support; even this is not really a minus for me. I find the Sophie interface preferable to: Adobe Reader, eReader (formerly palmreader), w/o question Zinio, and so far every other *reader out there.
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Krysia
22 January 2009
Not to be confused with *this* Sophie: http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/24671
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Anonymous
24 June 2005
Try Tofu and project Guttenburg; download the text file and open with Tofu; space bar turns the page.
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Anonymous
23 June 2005
Weeeelllll.... this is promising, but mistargetted. Gutenberg is huge. I'd have to agree with others that the drop shadow is awful. (If you want to make things look clickable, make buttons.) The default line length at full screen is unusable, and continuous scrolling isn't the way I like to read. I like the book covers though. Nice touch. I guess this just isn't for me. I take a Gutenberg text, set it in a nice font, give it a sensibly short line length (just like a real book!), and print to PDF, then read it in Acrobat with facing pages on my widescreen Mac. Slightly more involved, but hey it's worth it because my library's bigger than your library...
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Anonymous
22 June 2005
Nice reader. The interface is ugly (some horrific dropshadows, for instance) and that gets in the way of my enjoying Sophie but I AM enjoying reading War of the Worlds.
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Anonymous
22 June 2005
Thanks for your comments. I really do appreciate the feedback. I hd hoped that the dropshadows would just make it clear that those items were "click-able" however... It is easy to hide the "horrific dropshadows" or at least that entire section of the interface. 1. From the "Sophie" menu select "Preferences" 2. At the top left of the preferences screen uncheck "show toolbar" The Table of Contents on the left can also be hidden by unchecking the "TOC" box in the lower left hand corner of the Sophie window.
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Anonymous
22 June 2005
This is a great ebook reader. Straightforward, lots of perks, and a relatively simple format. I wish the ones I actually paid money for were as intuitive and well presented as Sophie. The only minus I see is a lack of DRM books/support; even this is not really a minus for me. I find the Sophie interface preferable to: Adobe Reader, eReader (formerly palmreader), w/o question Zinio, and so far every other *reader out there.
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  • PPC 32
  • Mac OS X 10.2.8 or later
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