When Steve Jobs announced his retirement from Apple Inc. in August, PadGadget reported that his upcoming biography shot up the Amazon best seller list to the number two spot. After yesterday’s tragic news of the death of the world’s most famous CEO, the much-anticipated “Steve Jobs,” penned by Walter Isaacson, has hit number one on the best seller list on Amazon and iTunes. The book’s publishing company, Simon and Schuster has just moved the official release date up a month
Originally scheduled to be released in March, the book release was rescheduled to November 21 shortly after Jobs’ retirement announcement. Claims that the rescheduling was related to Jobs’ ailing health were denied. Yesterday, the publisher moved the release date from November to October 24.
The book is based on 40 interviews with Jobs over two years, as well as interviews with family, friends, colleagues, and opponents. From the summary on Simon and Schuster’s website:
“Although Jobs cooperated with this book, he asked for no control over what was written nor even the right to read it before it was published. He put nothing off-limits. He encouraged the people he knew to speak honestly. And Jobs speaks candidly, sometimes brutally so, about the people he worked with and competed against. His friends, foes, and colleagues provide an unvarnished view of the passions, perfectionism, obsessions, artistry, devilry, and compulsion for control that shaped his approach to business and the innovative products that resulted.”
The price of the book has also gone down. In November, the hardcover was available for preorder at $19.50 on Amazon and the epub edition could be preordered from iTunes for $19.50. Today, Amazon is selling the hardcover for $17.88 and iTunes has it for $16.99.