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Biography of Apple CEO Steve Jobs to arrive in November

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The authorized biography of Apple CEO Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson is reportedly set to arrive on Nov. 21, 2011, ahead of its original release date of early 2012 [updated with full book jacket image].

Update: Fortune has posted an early look at the full book jacket (below).

"The cover," Isaacson wrote in an email, "is the Albert Watson portrait taken for Fortune in 2009. The back is a Norman Seeff portrait of him in the lotus position holding the original Macintosh, which ran in Rolling Stone in January 1984. The title font is Helvetica. It will look as you see it, with no words on the back cover."

The author also responded to speculation that the publication date had been moved up because of a rumored decline in Jobs' health. "It's actually not related to any decline," he said. "I turned most of the book in this past June. It's now all done and edited. The March 2012 date (or whatever date it was) was never a deeply-considered pubdate. Like the original cover design, it came about because the publisher wanted to put something in the database last spring."

As noted by All Things D, bookseller Barnes & Noble has moved up the publication date for the title to November and revealed the new cover, an iconic black-and-white photo of Jobs.

Online retailer Amazon's Kindle version also lists the Nov. 21 release date. It should be noted, however, that Apple's iBooks and the hardcover version from Amazon still list the book's release date as March 6, 2012.

According to publisher Simon & Schuster's description of the book, Jobs "asked for no control over what was written nor even the right to read it before it was published. He put nothing off limits and instead encouraged the people he knew to speak honestly even foes, former girlfriends, and colleagues he had once fired or infuriated.

"Driven by demons, Jobs could drive those around him to fury and despair. But his personality and products were interrelated, just as Apples hardware and software tended to be, as if part of an integrated system. His tale is instructive and cautionary, filled with lessons about innovation, character, leadership, and values."



Jobs himself has said the book will be open about his own failures. "Ive done a lot of things Im not proud of, such as getting my girlfriend pregnant when I was 23 and the way I handled that, he said. But I dont have any skeletons in my closet that cant be allowed out.

The book was originally titled "iSteve: The Book of Jobs," but was changed to the "simpler and more elegant" title after Isaacson's wife and daughter said it was "too cutesy." Isaacson has written biographies on Benjamin Franklin and Albert Einstein.

"This is the perfect match of subject and author, and it is certain to be a landmark book about one of the world's greatest innovators," Simon & Schuster publisher Jonathan Karp said when announcing the book earlier this year. "Just as he did with Einstein and Benjamin Franklin, Walter Isaacson is telling a unique story of revolutionary genius."

According to a report from The New York Times that revealed the project last year, Jobs may have "more of an interest in shaping his legacy" after recent health battles. In recent years, he has survived pancreatic cancer, undergone a liver transplant and struggled to maintain his weight. The CEO is currently on a medical leave of absence from Apple, though he remains involved in strategic decisions for the company.
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In before the "release date pushed up because he's dying faster than expected" comment.
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Apple should bundle it in limited-edition autographed iPads, proceeds to charity. (Stem cell research?) I'd buy one.
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Will anyone join me in moving a few copies to the "religion" section of their local book shop?
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The notion of an "approved biography" and the so-called freedom of the author to go wherever he pleases is an oxymoron. If it were so it wouldn't need Jobs' "approval".
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Will anyone join me in moving a few copies to the "religion" section of their local book shop?

lol. The 67th book of the Bible...The book of JobS
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The notion of an "approved biography" and the so-called freedom of the author to go wherever he pleases is an oxymoron. If it were so it wouldn't need Jobs' "approval".

Indeed.

It will be interesting to see whether this ends up being the definitive work, or if something published after his (eventual) passing comes to be seen as the "truer" representation.

Many folks who spent time with Steve may be more comfortable being completely honest about their interactions once he is no longer with us.
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Bottom line is - Mr Jobs is a human being and is perfectly entitled to allow a biography to be written that sets the record straight.

None of us are perfect and we all do things we regret later on in life when we've mellowed.

If Steve is unwell, and not getting better then he and his family deserve our support, not an ill-judged uncharitable view of his life and achievements.

I've been using Apple products for 30+ years and my career in IT would have been less exciting and fulfilling if his drive and creativity had not put an Apple II on my desk in 1980. It will be interesting to compare this biography with iCon.
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I've been using Apple products for 30+ years and my career in IT would have been less exciting and fulfilling if his drive and creativity had not put an Apple II on my desk in 1980.

Indeed. For those in IT who are just part of the rat-race to get the cheapest products to market as quickly as possible and make a fast buck, they'll never understand it. But for those of us who look for more -- innovative design, uniqueness, irreverence for the status quo, products which are truly enjoyable to use and have an intangible quality which inspires -- Jobs and the people he has worked with over the years have delivered these things in spades.
 
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Indeed.

It will be interesting to see whether this ends up being the definitive work, or if something published after his (eventual) passing comes to be seen as the "truer" representation.

Many folks who spent time with Steve may be more comfortable being completely honest about their interactions once he is no longer with us.

IMHO, most "works" presented after a persons demise are seldom a "truer" version. If the main character of the book is no longer alive to "set the record straight" there are always some misguided "authors" who go "for the money" at the expense of accuracy. I look forward to reading this book although, after reading about 10 or 15 "other versions" about Steve Jobs, I'm not sure how much new info I'll find.
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IMHO, most "works" presented after a persons demise are seldom a "truer" version. If the main character of the book is no longer alive to "set the record straight" there are always some misguided "authors" who go "for the money" at the expense of accuracy.

HEAR, HEAR!!!!!

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I look forward to getting a copy of his biography.
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