Interest in former Apple CEO Steve Jobs’ life and work has soared after his death last week at the age of 56. Several books about the innovative technology leader will be on the market soon.
“Steve Jobs,” a biography by Walter Isaacson due out in November, has seen a huge rise in sales at amazon.com. The book’s publisher, Simon and Schuster, originally planned a spring 2012 release date for the work, which is based on over forty interviews Jobs granted in the past two years as he battled pancreatic cancer. Isaacson, best known for his biographies of Benjamin Franklin, has promised that the book will cover lesser-known facts about his personal life, including his adoption, childhood and adolescence.
Unlike “Steve Jobs”, “I, Steve: Steve Job In His Own Words” was written without Jobs’ authorization. "I, Steve: Steve Jobs In His Own Words"
collects quotes and commentary from Apple co-founder Jobs on a variety of topics, including the future of technology and his personal business philosophy. Published by Agate Publishing and edited by George Beahm, the new book illuminates his love of design and his uncanny ability to divine the next big change in technology. Originally slated for a spring release, “I, Steve” will be available October 24.
Jobs’ related works are not limited to traditional print, either. “Steve Jobs: Co-Founder of Apple,”a special edition biography comic book was just released as an e-book. The hard copy version will be available on October 27. The comic focuses largely on Jobs’ role within Apple and his rise to prominence. Publisher Bluewater Productions plans to donate a portion of the proceeds to The American Cancer Society in his honor.
The new releases join several previous works on Jobs’ life and business practices. Author Michael Moritz's wrote the first definitive work on Apple, “The Little Kingdom,” in 1984. In 2009 he released "Return to the Little Kingdom: How Apple and Steve Jobs Changed the World", an updated version with new material. Other previously published works include “The Second Coming of Steve Jobs,” by Alan Deutschman; and “iCon: Steve Jobs,” by Jeffrey S. Young & William L. Simon.