Sophie About To Be Released

Remember Sophie? That project under the Institute for the Future of the Book that was designed to replace PDFs once and for all? I wrote about it in February, and at long last there’s some news about the software.

The Institute’s blog states that an alpha version of Sophie will be released this week, which I can’t wait to get my grubby paws on. It should be very interesting to see how they’ve implemented the features they mentioned in their last press release.

A very rough roadmap for Sophie:

June — a more robust version of the current feature set

August — a special version of Sophie optimized for the OLPC (aka $100 laptop or XO) in time for the launch of the first six million machines

September — a beta version of Sophie 1.0 which will include the first pass at a Sophie (sic) reader

December — release of Sophie 1.0

I can’t wait for December. Find out more about Sophie here and here.

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  • Duane Poncy

    Interesting. I have an e-reader on my system called Sophie v1.02, which was released a couple of years ago with a game called If Monks Had Macs. It doesn’t have all of the cool features you’re talking about, but just wondering about the history.

    Thanks for the article.

  • Eli James

    No problem, Duane. The guys over at The Institute didn’t say anything about If Monks Had Macs – maybe as a subtle reference? I’m not entirely sure either. But you can bet I’ll be on the lookout!