If you thought Steve Jobs is all against a biography of himself, we guess it is time to think again. Many biographies on the Apple chief have been written, but not with his authorization. Times are a changing. We hear the first authorized biography of the Apple CEO will be published in 2012. A book titled ‘iSteve: The Book of Jobs’ by Walter Isaacson has won the approval of Steve Jobs.
The author has been rumored to be working on the book since 2009. He has interviewed Jobs, members of his family as well as colleagues at Apple and competitors.
If you would remember, Jobs had even disapproved one such book written some time ago. Apple banished the work by John Wiley & Sons from their stores because the publisher had signed an unauthorized biography, ‘iCon: Steve Jobs, The Greatest Second Act in the History of Business’, by writers Jeffrey S. Young and William L. Simon in the year 2005.
Walter Isaacson is a renowned author and has written biographies of Albert Einstein and Benjamin Franklin. The author is best known for his longstanding experience in journalism as former top executive at CNN and Time magazine as well as the one who possesses a tendency to write neutral, but bestselling, profiles. He is currently the president and CEO of the Aspen Institute in Washington.
Publisher Simon & Schuster has not revealed further details though. Neither Jobs nor the biographer have commented on this for the time being. As all of you out there, we too are looking forward to see the book come out.
Apple CEO Steve Jobs has finally agreed to participate in a book about his life.
Simon & Schuster announced Sunday that Walter Isaacson’s “iSteve: The Book of Jobs” will be published in early 2012. Isaacson has been working on the long-rumored biography since 2009 and has interviewed Jobs, members of his family, colleagues at Apple and competitors.
Spokeswoman Tracey Guest of Simon & Schuster said no further details were available and that neither Jobs nor Isaacson would be commenting.
Many Jobs biographies have been written, but not with his authorization. He reacted to at least one book with active disapproval. In 2005, Apple banished works by John Wiley & Sons from its stores because the publisher had signed up an unauthorized biography, “iCon: Steve Jobs, The Greatest Second Act in the History of Business,” by Jeffrey S. Young and William L. Simon.
Few biographers are better connected than Isaacson, a former top executive at CNN and Time magazine who has written best-sellers about Benjamin Franklin and Albert Einstein. He is currently the president and CEO of the Aspen Institute, a “nonpartisan educational and policy studies institute” in Washington, D.C.
“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,” Jonathan Karp, publisher of Simon & Schuster, said in a statement. “Just as he did with Einstein and Benjamin Franklin, Walter Isaacson is telling a unique story of revolutionary genius.”
Jobs, 56, has had numerous health problems and announced in January that he would take his third leave of absence in seven years. During that time, he has survived a rare but curable form of pancreatic cancer and undergone a liver transplant. He appeared at a press conference in early March to announce the iPad 2.