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Fortune releases new Kindle-exclusive eBook on the rise of Steve Jobs

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Fortune magazine on Tuesday released "All About Steve: The Story of Steve Jobs and Apple from the pages of FORTUNE," an eBook available exclusively from Amazon's Kindle Store.

The eBook, which can also be read on an iPhone or iPad using Amazon's Kindle application, contains 17 stories spanning thirty years of reporting on Steve Jobs, who Fortune named CEO of the decade in 2009. The pieces, compiled from investigative reporting by the magazine's editors and reporters, take an in-depth look at how Jobs helped Apple change the computing industry.

The Amazon Kindle exclusive chronicles the history of Apple from its emergence as a PC market leader to the creation of the iPod, iTunes, iPhone and the Apple Store. Highlights from the eBook are an exclusive interview with Jobs from 2008, as well as Bill Gates and Jobs' conversation with Fortune from 1991 on the future of computing.

Fortune Managing Editor Andy Serwer writes in the forward that the eBook is a "singular journalistic collection" of stories that offer a comprehensive picture of Jobs and his impact on Apple.

"Jobs, a man both loved and loathed, encountered all manner of intrigue, brick walls, and pitfalls before his ultimate vindication," Serwer writes. "In many cases our writers spent hours interviewing Steve and delving into his mind."



The anthology also includes Adam Lashinsky's recent investigative piece, "Inside Apple," that gives readers a behind-the-scenes look at how the company operates. Business leaders such as Larry Ellison, Andy Grove and Andrea Jung also give commentary as to how Jobs changed the tech industry and the cultural landscape.

The eBook is available for download now on the Kindle Store, and is priced at $10.99.
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They're so completely effing clueless it isn't even funny.

eBook. About Steve Jobs. Not being sold on the iBooks Store.

Screw you, Fortune.

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Originally Posted by Tallest Skil View Post

They're so completely effing clueless it isn't even funny.

eBook. About Steve Jobs. Not being sold on the iBooks Store.

Screw you, Fortune.


Don't take it so personally. Amazon wanted to give them more money for the exclusive.

I always wondered why Steve never updated his glasses frames. Those look so 1960s.

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Originally Posted by Tallest Skil View Post

They're so completely effing clueless it isn't even funny.

eBook. About Steve Jobs. Not being sold on the iBooks Store.

Screw you, Fortune.

I totally agree, what a crock of SHxT! And lets see, how to open the door to a lawsuit from Steve Jobs too.... Idiots!!!!
post #5 of 28
Hahaha, that is ffffing hilarious...

- Lets make a book about music... and... lets sell it on the painters market... yes, that is were our best public is...
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Originally Posted by Tallest Skil View Post

They're so completely effing clueless it isn't even funny.

eBook. About Steve Jobs. Not being sold on the iBooks Store.

Screw you, Fortune.

Ditto that... Fortune sucks, in all areas.
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Ditto that... Fortune sucks, in all areas.

Did you even read the article? What did you find objectionable about:
'Steve Jobs, who Fortune named CEO of the decade in 2009'?

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post #8 of 28
Amusingly Ironic. Well played Fortune, well played.
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You guys know there's a Kindle app, right? Because there is one.

So what difference does it frickin' make?
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You guys know there's a Kindle app, right? Because there is one.

So… what difference does it frickin' make?

I don't want Amazon's proprietary formats?

I don't want ebooks that can't be read on other readers?

I don't want the Kindle app at all?

I already have iBooks?

Take your frickin' pick.

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I don't want ebooks that can't be read on other readers?



List of devices books purchased from the iBooks store can be read on:

- iPhone
- iPad
- iPod touch

List of devices books purchased from the Kindle store can be read on:

- Kindle
- Kindle DX
- iPhone
- iPad
- iPod touch
- Mac
- Windows
- Android smartphones
- Android tablets
- Android PMPs
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List of devices books purchased from the iBooks store can be read on:
List of devices books purchased from the Kindle store can be read on:

Fine, the other three, then.

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List of devices books purchased from the Kindle store can be read on:

- Kindle
- Kindle DX
- iPhone
- iPad
- iPod touch
- Mac
- Windows
- Android smartphones
- Android tablets
-- Nook Color
-- Nook Touch (Rooted)
- Android PMPs

Added two devices for you. But I do agree that the Kindle DRM is pretty disheartening.
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Originally Posted by gmcalpin View Post

You guys know there's a Kindle app, right? Because there is one.

So what difference does it frickin' make?

I have both the iBooks app and the Kindle app on my iPad and I read a bunch of books.

I do prefer reading in iBooks, mainly because I like the page turns better.
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Originally Posted by xSamplex View Post

Amusingly Ironic. Well played Fortune, well played.

Steve jobs would be proud of the obvious acknowledgement of how he controlled the environment his products live and work in. Time will show it is the best if not the only way to insure the success of a product. The alternative is an open environment which is prone to lost productivity.

Steve Jobs via Apple has greatly changed and improved my life.
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Including the rooted Nook isn't fair. If that were the case, you'd have to note that Apple's iBooks uses open sourced epub as the format. It wraps the ePup content in Apple's fair play DRM. There are resources on the Internet that tell you how to strip that. Once stripped, iBook epub content can be viewed on a plethora of devices like Sony's readers, PCs, Macs, and the Nook.

Just saying.


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Added two devices for you. But I do agree that the Kindle DRM is pretty disheartening.
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Man, SJ looks so good in this picture! Whatever that happened to him was so unfair!
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Don't take it so personally. Amazon wanted to give them more money for the exclusive.

I always wondered why Steve never updated his glasses frames. Those look so 1960s.

He is a product of the 60's so it's only natural he wears the same glasses John Lennon wore. Plus he pulls the glasses off, which is hard to do unless you're Harry Potter. I'm biased towards 60's fashion since I'm addicted to Mad Men.
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Not to worry to much, it's just another cheap marketing trick to confuse Apple's non-savvy customers, and further, the e-book is just a collection of previously published pieces about Jobs, it appears the only new words in the whole production are in the forward written by Fortune Managing Editor Andy Serwer. A bit of a rip-off for $10.95 don't you think, eh Andy?

In the end, this e-book will serve as a fantastic reminder to Kindle buyers that they have been tricked, and that they should return their Kindle before the returns policy expires and go get an iPad - so they can finally get the iOS, iTunes and the App Store experience - which is what they wanted to buy in the first place.

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this is beyond stupid. this is beyond don't have a clue. this is beyond what a total f*cking idiot.

this is true all-time-level incompetence.

Fortune should change its name to Bus Token.
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Originally Posted by gmcalpin View Post

You guys know there's a Kindle app, right? Because there is one.

So what difference does it frickin' make?

I want all my books in one place.
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Originally Posted by Tallest Skil View Post

Complaints...

Google DeDRM and wipe those tears away. Quite useful AppleScript.
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Originally Posted by xSamplex View Post

Amusingly Ironic. Well played Fortune, well played.

Agreed!
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It's just repackaging and remarketing already-published product. Just like the Time Life collection of Greatest Mantovani Hits from the 60s you can listen to while reading these old articles.

Why is everyone being so childish about this? Did the nipple in your baby bottle get plugged or something?

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Originally Posted by igorleandro View Post

Hahaha, that is ffffing hilarious...

- Lets make a book about music... and... lets sell it on the painters market... yes, that is were our best public is...

Actually, Amazon is a fairly successful online book store...not sure if you knew that.
post #26 of 28
I think the real deal is that Steve is releasing his "approved" biography very soon...and Fortune is trying to "undercut" that release...why would apple even want this book on their storefront...they probably were asked prior
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Originally Posted by fishstick_kitty View Post

I think the real deal is that Steve is releasing his "approved" biography very soon...and Fortune is trying to "undercut" that release...why would apple even want this book on their storefront...they probably were asked prior

"Capitalize" is a better word than "undercut." The new Walter Isaacson book is logging enormous pre-publication sales, including the Kindle and iBook versions at $16.99. It'll be a huge nonfiction best-seller. Strategically, it could even bump up Apple's holiday season product sales.

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post #28 of 28
Wow. If the roles were reversed and it was an iBooks exclusive on a Jeff Bezos' biography, many of you would be laughing at the irony and saying, "It's just business." And you'd be right.

It's just business. The author and publisher are entitled to the most revenue they can get for their work. The iBook store doesn't provide them SN opportunity to maximize their income. Hence, they're on Amazon. Simple as that.
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