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The Devil's Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce eBook

The Devil's Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce eBook
  • #: 142900
  • Price: $0.99 In Apple Store
  • Category: Books
  • Updated: 2010-01-05
  • Current Version: 2.1.0
  • 2.1.0
  • Size: 2.10 MB
  • Language: English
  • Seller: Standard Works LLC
  • Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 2.2.1 or later
  • © 2009 by Standard Works LLC
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The Devil's Dictionary, by Ambrose Bierce, is a satirical book published in 1911. It offers reinterpretations of terms in the English language, lampooning cant and political doublespeak. The Devil's Dictionary has inspired many imitations both in its day and more recently.

The origins of the Devil's Dictionary can be traced to when Ambrose Bierce was a columnist for a San Francisco-based magazine founded by Frederick Marriott in the late 1850s. Bierce was hired as a section editor in December 1868, writing with satire, irreverence and a lack of inhibition, thus becoming known as the 'laughing devil' of San Francisco.

Although the origins of the Devil's Dictionary are normally placed in 1881 (the point at which Bierce himself said it began) the idea started in August 1869 when Bierce, short of topics to write about and having recently bought a new copy of Webster's Unabridged dictionary, suggested the possibility of writing a "Comic Dictionary".

The Devil's Dictionary eBook uses the established Standard Works book reader already enjoyed by tens of thousands of users. It's also the same reader which powers our "U.S. Historical Documents" application which received a perfect 10/10 rating from AppCraver.com and was recently featured on the iTunes App Store.

The Standard Works book reader is simple to use, but also contains many advanced features not usually found in other eBook readers. Rather than continually flicking through little pages of text like some book readers, the Standard Works book reader displays an entire chapter or book at once for you convenience. The text can even automatically scroll for you in both portrait and landscape modes while reading. You can even highlight important words or phrases using the absolute best highlighting system available on the iPhone platform. Create notes for each paragraph which can be displayed inline and assign bookmarks to any paragraph in any book for future reference. And if that's not enough, quickly and easily find any text from any book with the fastest and most powerful search engine available on the iPhone.

The Standard Works book reader contains the following main features:

• Auto-scrolling (both variable-speed and tilt-based, portrait and landscape modes are supported)

• Adjustable fonts, size, colors, margins, spacing, and alignment (you can even adjust the font size by using a pinching gesture while reading!)

• Highlighting - 12 background colors, 12 foreground colors, bold, italic, and underline

• Night (low-light) mode - Black background with white text

• Application tips

• Bookmarks and even folders of bookmarks

• Last location in each book is remembered

• When re-launched, you're returned to the exact location you were last at while reading

• Search for words or phrases with INSTANT search results

• Powerful advanced search options

• Create notes for each paragraph which can be displayed inline

• Animated satin bookmark (similar to the one in the Classics application)

• Ability to choose the application's color theme

Be sure to search for Standard Works titles in the App Store to check out our Bible and "U.S. Historical Documents" applications as well as dozens of books and collections from world renowned authors like:

• Hans Christian Andersen

• Jane Austen

• Charles Dickens

• Jack London

• Edgar Allen Poe

• Mark Twain

• Jules Verne

• H.G. Wells

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