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Release of Authorized Steve Jobs Biography Bumped Up to November 21st

Back in February 2010, it was revealed that former Time managing editor Walter Isaacson was working on the first authorized biography of Apple CEO Steve Jobs, a book that earlier this year was announced as set to be released in early 2012 under the title "iSteve: The Book of Jobs". But the planned title proved unpopular with a number of people, and last month it was noted that Isaacson had received approval to change the title to a simpler "Steve Jobs", with publication set for March 6, 2012.


It now appears, however, that publication may have been moved up a bit, as the book's page at Barnes & Noble has been updated with a release date of November 21, 2011, as noticed by AllThingsD. An image of the book's cover has also been added to the page. The photo of Jobs used for the cover is a black-and-white version of of the image found on Jobs' page in Apple's recently-revamped company leadership pages.
Based on more than forty interviews with Jobs conducted over two years as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues this book chronicles the rollercoaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.
According the book's overview as submitted by the publisher, Jobs has cooperated with the book and has not asked for any control over the final product. He has reportedly left no topic off-limits for the book and has not even requested the right to read it before publication, suggesting that the book will yield the most open look at Jobs' personal and professional life yet published.

Amazon is also offering pre-orders for the book and showing the cover, although the book's page there continues to show the previous March 6, 2012 release date.

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42 months ago
This may be the first book I purchase from iBooks.
Rating: 10 Votes
42 months ago
I rarely read books for pleasure, but I will be buying this on Day 1. As sad as it is, it makes me wonder if Jobs finally approved of a biography because he knew his final days were on the horizon.

Should be an excellent read.

I would hope that it becomes available in the iBook Store.

Edit: looks like it is available for preorder on iBooks!
http://itunes.apple.com/us/book/steve-jobs/id431617578?mt=11
Rating: 7 Votes
42 months ago

As sad as it is, it makes me wonder if Jobs finally approved of a biography because he knew his final days were on the horizon.


Everyone's final days are "on the horizon". It's just a question of how far away that horizon is, and what you do before you get there.
I'm willing to bet Jobs still has more to give than most will manage in their whole lifetime.
Rating: 6 Votes
42 months ago
Will it be on Kindle?
Rating: 5 Votes
42 months ago

I'm not a voracious book reader either, but I will be buying it on day one.

Also, is it some sorta indication that Steve Jobs as Apple CEO early next year no more? :(


Ya the grammar on that second sentence was painful. But voracious is a good word.
Rating: 5 Votes
42 months ago
Authorized biogs are never as juicy as the unauthorized half-siblings...

All the best anecdotes we've read on MR (most recently, the ESPN CEO/Disney board meeting) are ones where Steve is acting like an Aspergic prize tool and thus, those are the types we won't be seeing included in this book sadly.
Rating: 4 Votes
42 months ago
......and Steve Jobs finally gets his 30% cut from Amazon on Kindle books.
Rating: 3 Votes
42 months ago
I'm sure the book will be interesting. However, it is an AUTHORIZED biography.
Authorized biographies do tend to be somewhat biased, lacking in objectivity, and sometimes truthfulness.

As for Jobs not controlling the final version, or even reading it - in the MR opening article it states that the above information was "According to ... the publishers." :rolleyes:

I might take all that "Jobs was hands off" stuff with a grain of salt. What would the publisher say, "Jobs controlled the whole thing"??

Before I get totally flamed - I respect Jobs, but I do not revere him. Maybe a genius, but not a god.

Finally, I'm sure the book is worth reading - hagiography or not.
Rating: 3 Votes
42 months ago

I think MacRumors.com aught to check their facts before posting....

While Barnes and Noble is selling the book in November, Amazon.com (http://www.amazon.com/Steve-Jobs-Biography-Walter-Isaacson/dp/1451648537/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1313448208&sr=8-2) still has the book released in 2012.


Can you not read? It says in the article:

Amazon is also offering pre-orders for the book and showing the cover, although the book's page there continues to show the previous March 6, 2012 release date.

Rating: 3 Votes
42 months ago
Am I the only one who finds the fact that the last paragraph of the overview of the book is written in the past tense rather creepy? (emphasis mine, below)

"He was not a model boss or human being, tidily packaged for emulation. Driven by demons, he could drive those around him to fury and despair. But his personality and products were interrelated, just as Apple's hardware and software tended to be, as if part of an integrated system. His tale is thus both instructive and cautionary, filled with lessons about innovation, character, leadership, and values."
Rating: 3 Votes

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