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Walter Isaacson Considering Expanding Steve Jobs Biography


Fortune reports on comments from Steve Jobs biographer Walter Isaacson suggesting that he may not yet be finished working on the book, with Isaacson currently considering several ideas for expanding the authorized biography. Among the ideas are an addendum more fully describing the events surrounding Jobs' death in early October or adding extensive annotations to the existing content to flesh out the story with additional information.
The author discussed potential plans for expanding the already 630-page book in the future. One possibility is doing an extensively annotated version. Another is writing an addendum that addresses the period surrounding Jobs' death. Fleshing out the details seems like a logical next step, since Isaacson believes the Apple (AAPL) CEO's story will be told for decades or a century to come. "This is the first or second draft," he said, referring to his book's role in documenting Jobs' life. "It's not the final draft."
Isaacson's biography of Jobs recently became Amazon's best-selling print book in 2011 and named the company's best-selling new release of 2011 for combined print and digital sales, both remarkable achievements given that the book was not published until late October.

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36 months ago
Do we get free upgrades, like with apps?
Rating: 47 Votes
36 months ago
Milk it for all it's worth.
Rating: 35 Votes
36 months ago
$$$$$$$$
Rating: 27 Votes
36 months ago
How many versions will I need to buy to get the full Steve Jobs story?
Rating: 25 Votes
36 months ago
How google of him... a beta masquerading as finished.
Rating: 23 Votes
36 months ago
I'd prefer to know more about Steve as a family man. His family was barely mentioned. I don't expect him to grill his youngest on how dad was, but you can interview his oldest and wife more.

I thought the biography was below average.
Rating: 15 Votes
36 months ago
Maybe MacRumors should add the book to the Buyer's Guide: "Buy only if you need it - Approaching the end of a cycle".
Rating: 13 Votes
36 months ago
First or second draft? This isn't a textbook. I hardly think Steve would have been too happy with an incomplete biography...

Especially after hearing John Siracusa's thoughts on it I'm pretty disappointed with it, with exclusive access he really missed the chance for some key questions and directions to take some of their conversations imo. The initial chapters about Jobs' early life were enlightening though.
Rating: 12 Votes
36 months ago
Will my hardcover get the updates OTA or must I connect it to a printing press?
Rating: 12 Votes
36 months ago
Yup.. shouldn't have bought rev A :p
Rating: 10 Votes

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