FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 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 Steven Spielberg’s new blockbuster film starring Tom
Cruise. All the Sophie e-books begin with an original and thought-provoking

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.”

Version 1.02k of Sophie is fully compatible with Macintosh OS 9, or OS X
and it runs Windows 95 and later. Sophie was developed by and
Fourth World Media Corporation Inc. for the legendary multimedia CD-ROM “If
Monks Had Macs.” This CD-ROM includes sophisticated intellectual tools,
games and richly illustrated multimedia. It also works on Windows. Sophie
was built with Revolution from Runtime Revolution Ltd –

To download Sophie:

For more information about “If Monks had Macs”: