By pure coincidence The Institute for the Future of the Book have just released the first version of Sophie - a project that they believe will transform the way we read and write on-screen.
As Staying Single is innovative, in terms of being published across a variety of media - blog, email, SMS, podcast/audio - The Institute for the Future of the Book have quite clear vision for where books and publishing will lead.
Click on this link for further thought-provoking info on Sophie, or go to http://www.futureofthebook.org/
There's a downloadable alpha version of Sophie, along with a timeline of events - with The Institute for the Future of the Book saying,
"To be honest we're betwixt and between about releasing Sophie now. On the one hand, it's definitely not ready for prime-time and we're not particularly happy about releasing software with so many bugs, minimal documentation and incomplete features; on the other hand, Sophie is real and promises to be fantastic . . . so we didn't want people to think it was vaporware either.
Our plan over the next several months is as follows:
June - a much 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 reader
December - release of Sophie 1.0."
Have a look and see what you think. I've just downloaded this alpha version and am looking forward to having a play around with it over the next few weeks.
What do you think?