Those folks didn't like the book because it was poorly written. Simple as that. The size was irrelevant. If you already follow Apple, you probably will learn very little from the book. Further, the book isn't organized well. It bounces all along the time line, and is confusing. Further, it doesn't ask very good questions. For example, Jobs said in the book he could see why John Lennon loved Yoko Ono. The author didn't ask Jobs to follow up and tell us why.
Moreover, the book paints Jobs as an asshole (which we all know), but gives us very little to tell us why he was successful. It glosses over his relationship with his wife, his kids, his sister, and others. For instance, after reading his sister's public tribute, and after reading this book, you'd never know he and his real sister were so incredibly close. Larry Ellison is said to be one of Jobs best friends. Yet, we don't know how Jobs met Ellison or does it include any stories that explain the nature of their friendship.
Cold Play and Nora Jones gave two touching performances at Apple's celebration of Jobs. The book doesn't mention those parties at all. The book also gets some details wrong. For example, it suggests Mobile Me was Apple's first attempt at online cloud like services. Yet, iTools was really the first attempt. The book also doesn't tell us why Apple went from iTools to Mobile Me and to iCloud changing from free to paid to a free model.
The book also glosses over the long period of time that Jobs was struggling at NeXt and Pixar. What was he doing during that time? He doesn't ask his wife about Jobs character and habits while working at these companies. Did these experiences humble him at all. These companies lost money for the longest time, and he had to keep them afloat out of the money he made from selling Apple stock.
The book talks about Jobs life long embrace of Buddhism. Yet, it tells me very little about his time in India, what type of Buddhism he practices, or most importantly what attracted him to Buddhism. The author asked Jobs zero questions about Jobs faith.
The author also makes conclusions without telling us the basis for his conclusions. For instance, claims Jobs position in regards to Bill Gates on a particular issue is unfair, but doesn't tell us why. He does this repeatedly.
Further, he doesn't give us an indication of how is relationship with Woz evolved especially after coming back to Apple. Jobs clearly shit on Woz when Woz wanted to leave Apple. However, Woz was very emotional when Jobs died. Did Jobs reach out the Woz to mend the fences.
Some kid was murdered for having an iPhone in New York. Jobs quietly reached out to the father. What made Jobs do that? How did the father react? None of that included in the book.
The sad thing is the author could have started to write this book after Jobs died and the book could have looked almost exactly the same.
Originally Posted by Flaneur
Siracusa, Gruber and several people here on AI seem to think the book should be a thousand pages long. And to repeat what I said in another thread, I think many people these days have trouble relating to what Jobs means when he says acid and Zen taught him how to see deeply.