Steve Jobs Authorized Biography to be Published a Month Earlier

It turned out that Apple fans will not have to wait for Steve Jobs’ biography long.

Cover of Steve Jobs' biography by Walter Isaacson. Photo: Steve Garfield/Flickr

Simon & Schuster said on Thursday that it would accelerate the publication of “Steve Jobs,” the forthcoming biography by Walter Isaacson. The book will now be released on Oct. 24, said Tracey Guest, a spokeswoman for the publisher.

The book by Walter Isaacson, titled simply, “Steve Jobs,” rocketed from 437 to No. 1 on Amazon’s bestseller list – a spike of 43,000% – in the hours after Jobs’ death, thanks to pre-orders. It was No. 3 Thursday on Barnes & Noble’s website, and also topped the list of bestselling books in Apple’s own iTunes store.

The biography was originally scheduled for release in early 2012, but its publication was rescheduled for Nov. 21 of this year.

“I wanted my kids to know me,” Jobs was quoted as saying by Pulitzer Prize nominee Walter Isaacson, when he asked the Apple Inc co-founder why he authorized a tell-all biography after living a private, almost ascetic life.

“I wasn’t always there for them, and I wanted them to know why and to understand what I did,” Jobs told Isaacson in their final interview at Jobs’ home in Palo Alto,California.

Simon & Schuster promises “a riveting story of the roller-coaster 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.”

Steve Jobs died on Wednesday at the age of 56 after a long battle with a rare form of pancreatic cancer.

The circumstances of his death are cafefully garded, it is only known only that Mr. Jobs was surrounded by his wife Laurene and immediate family. Jobs had four children from two relationships.

Simon & Schuster claims that although Jobs cooperated with the book, he asked for no control over what was written nor the right to read it before it was published.

The book is based on more than 40 interviews with Jobs conducted over two years, as well as interviews with more than 100 family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues.

Outpourings of sympathy swept across the globe as state leaders, business rivals and fans paid respect to the man who touched the daily lives of countless millions through the Macintosh computer, iPod, iPhone and iPad.

Apple shares ended down just 0.23 percent at $377.37, though that underperformed the broader U.S. market.

“It didn’t come as a shock,” said Terry Donoghue, an Apple technical writer, whose department boss called an hour-long meeting to reminisce about Jobs. “It’s still hard for a lot of people.”

Jobs changed the technology world in the late 1970s, when the Apple II became the first personal computer to gain a wide following. He did it again in 1984 with the Macintosh, which built on breakthrough technologies developed at Xerox Parc and elsewhere to create the personal computing experience as we know it today.

With his passion for minimalist design and a genius for marketing, Jobs laid the groundwork for Apple to continue to flourish after his death, most analysts and investors say.

But Apple still faces challenges in the absence of the man who was its chief product designer, marketing guru and salesman nonpareil. [via Reuters, The New York Times and CNN]

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